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Pelvic pain & SPD

Advice on coping with pelvic pain and SPD in pregnancy.
Many women suffer from severe pelvic pain during pregnancy and in the months after their baby is born. This has often been dismissed as a nasty side effect of carrying a child however more of the medical profession are starting to take this relatively common complaint more seriously.

SPD or symphysis pubis dysfunction can occur from the first trimester onwards and is caused by a loosening of the pubic symphysis, a joint at the front of the pelvis, during pregnancy. Symptoms include tenderness, pain and a feeling of pressure in the pubic area, severe discomfort lifting or parting your legs, shooting pains in your lower body, a clicking feeling in your pelvis as you move (possibly feeling like your hip is moving around in the joint) and sometimes backache too.

What causes it?

The symphysis pubis is the strong, ligamented joint that holds the front bones of the pelvis together. It helps to stabilise the pelvis, allowing free movement of the legs and lower body and under 'normal' circumstances is very inflexible. During pregnancy the pelvis needs to be more adaptable than usual to make room for a growing baby and to allow for baby's passage during birth. However, just as you can overstretch other joints in the body during pregnancy, some women experience an overstretching of the symphysis pubis which can be responsible for the aforementioned symptoms.

It is the aptly named pregnancy hormone 'relaxin' that is responsible for this loosening and stretching of the ligaments to make room for a baby. Its believed that SPD and pelvic pain may be down to an excess or oversensitivity to this hormone coupled with misalignment of the pelvis or lower back. Unfortunately for this reason its believed that if you suffer with SPD during one pregnancy and do not receive treatment, you may also experience it during subsequent pregnancies although there is no way of knowing for sure.

What can be done?

If you are suffering from pelvic discomfort you should visit your doctor as soon as possible as they will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take and may prescribe you some pregnancy-safe pain relief or refer you to a specialist physiotherapist or osteopath. However there are many steps you can take in your day to day life that will help to reduce your discomfort, these include...
  • Wearing a support band or Tubigrip to provide more support to the pelvic area.
  • Placing a pillow between your legs while sleeping.
  • Keeping your legs as symmetrically together as possible when sitting or lying down and when getting out of bed or a car.
  • Sitting down to get dressed and when putting on shoes.
  • Taking the stairs one at a time; placing one foot on a step and bringing the other up to meet it before moving to the next step.
  • Swimming, floating or exercising in water to help aleviate pressure on this joint
  • Practicing pelvic floor exercises to help bring more stability to this area
  • Resting whenever possible
What about the birth?

You should inform the midwifes present at your birth that you have suffered with pelvic pain during your pregnancy so that they will be able to support you accordingly. Generally, more active birth positions such as kneeling or all fours are more comfortable however you should do whatever feels best for you at the time. If you do have trouble parting your legs during the latter stages of pregnancy do ensure that your midwife knows this especially if you have an epidural as they will be able to keep you focused on not over widening your hips.

Fortunately for the vast majority of women pelvic pain lessens and gradually disappears in the months after their baby arrives. Treatments such as osteopathy and physiotherapy area also a great help in speeding up the recovery process.

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I have this extremely bad, 2nd pregnancy 33 weeks along got it at 20 weeks and it gets worse ad the baby gets bigger. Yuck....
by mitsosangels 15th Aug 2011, 3:40pm
Hi this is my third pregnancy - the first was 12 years ago.I did not know what symphysis pubis dysfunction was until after the birth.I had to stop working at 7 months partly from SPD and partly from weight gain as I could not do my job (I was 9Stone before pregnancy and 13 stone at 7 months) - I had been to Royal Free and the level of care was TERRIBLE - I kept craving food (polos in particular because of the crunching sensation) and had not had blood tests which would have shown that I was anaemic and therefore having cravings! Anyway the weight gain made the pain worse as each week went by - I thought this was normal!!! By the end of pregnancy I was 15 stone and could not move much from about 35 weeks anyway - and I had a limp! I was induced at almost 42 weeks after insisting on it!!!! In labour for 2 days and having only had an epidural for 6 hours of it (they said I would not be able to push if I had the last 2 doses) I gave birth in bed and had my legs separated in stirrups - not a good idea with SPD as it separates the pubic bone and my pubic bone fracture may have resulted from this. The baby was 9 1/2 pounds and I ended up with second degree tear. After given birth vaginally I could not walk lift my leg one at a time and could barely carry my baby as my sacro-iliac joints (at the back were also completely lax). I was sent home after the hospital physio decided that nothing was wrong with me - to cut a long story short I ended up stating with my mums for 3 months - seeing her doctor and having physio as well as infected stitches to mend the damage and walk properly( and I had post partum bleeding for 1 month), The baby was unhappy - very collicky I was depressed and felt like my world had ended - Let me tell you having a caesarian the second time at 38 and half weeks was brilliant - this was at Queen Charlottes and the hospital was BRILLIANT - i had seen a physio who gave gave me excellent advise and tube supports for my belly. I was not as heavy as my anaemia had been recognised and treated - and had fewer cravings and so I did not suffer as much. Also the operation was brilliant the baby was happy i was happy and relaxed and bled for just 5 days as they clean you up internally - I was back to my old self just 2 weeks after! The pain having the ceasarian was NOTHING compared to the trauma I went through the first time - my stitches stayed clean and dry (the mid wife advised putting a sheet of folded kitchen roll wear my stitches were as i had overhang belly from my first pregnancy) and i only took paracetamol after C- section! And I am having another C-section for this baby and looking forward to it! I know that each pregnancy is different but try and read as much as you can on the internet as you can then decide how best to deal with the pain and your pregnancy - and for ALL those pregnant mums who did not receive any SYMPATHY my heart goes out to you - I was told I was just being lazy as I was not as mobile !!! So good luck!
by AvaniK 24th Jan 2011, 9:03am
Hi well I thought I was lucky my SPD usually kicks in around 28wks 4th time round and it's started at 34wks. A wk down the line and now I just can't even think straight it's gone from bad to hell.
Last 3 times I suffered at least I had a way of seeing it through using different measures to take of pressure this time it's different I can open my legs in which I couldn't before so obviously I knew just to keep them shut when I moved but now it's like my whole pelvis just can't take the weight of either myself or baby - I can't lie flat on back it's constant pain, when I get on one side it's ok for a while but then it's like sheer hell just trying to move to another position as soon as I try to sit up or stand the pain is just unreal it feels like my pelvis is going to snap I just feel like crying. I've been awake since half 3 trying to figure out how I'm gona manage to just get through today - I don't know if by resting you lock up more and the worse it is or whether just to not stop and hope that tonight isn't as bad. - as if this isn't enough to deal with I also have a 4yr old a 2yr old and a 1yr old. I'm so stressed I try so hard just to get on with it and forget about the pain but it really hurts and you can't physically make yourself move when it's like that. - To top it off though don't you just love drs I've moved during every pregnancy so have seen different drs and not one of them has shown any understanding to what kind of pain I'm experiancing which if they havnt had it they wouldn't understand but surely they they shouldnt make you feel as if your over reacting. I've been lucky the last one gave me some pain killers. All the rest made me feel worse for even being there seeing them. My physio was the only person who took any charge she demanded I have a section last pregnancy because she said my pelvis wouldn't have coped with the natural labour. It's only been 18months since then and still there trying to make me have a natural birth this time round!
I just wish more could be done in this circumstance because as it stands not only my health but my mental health is in jepordy and I feel so bad for my other children I don't have much help available and honestly don't know how I'm going to cope over the next 5wks! I wish they'd give me a section sooner than later - does anyone know how early I could push for one and how I go about doing so??
by l0ur3n 27th Oct 2010, 9:28am
Hi, This is my 3rd pregnancy and I am suffering SPD again. My advice is to see an Obstetric Physio to help reallign the pelvis (the releif was amazing) and also buy crutches to take the weight off when walking.Floating in water can give temporary relief. SPD is painful and frustrating. Heartbreaking when you have other kids that you can't attend to. But the good news is, it isn't forever. Once your beautiful baby is born the symptoms will be relieved. Good luck.
by bloomingbaby 25th Oct 2010, 10:39am
Hi,
I have suffered from SPD since I was around 4 months pregnant. I am now 7 months and feel it is getting worse. I now have pain in my legs and feet too! I have a 3 year old daughter and my husband works away, so Im struggling to cope with this. I find it hard to do basic tasks, like making a meal or doing the washing. I have given up on housework and feel so bad for my daughter because I cant play with her properly. I find I spend a lot of my time crying and feeling frustrated. I have seen a physio and have been given a belt but feel this isn't helping at all!!! Wishing for my due date to be here!!! I'm sick of hearing myself moan and feel others around me don't understand. It is helpful to see Im not crazy, reading through the comments on this site.
by HelenP 18th Oct 2010, 10:20am
I have had spd since 16 weeks and am now 25. I have spoken to the midwives twice to be told to just get on with it. I went to the doctors as a last resort today to be told to take painkillers. I cant sleep as every time I move I wake up with the pain, my partner has to help me in and out of the bath and I can barely walk (not ideal when you have a 3 yr old too!!!). I cant help but feel that they think you are over reacting or being dramatic. I spend most of my time in tears and its really getting me down. I'm now going to push to be induced because I cant carry on like this. Sorry for a moan. Just thoroughly fed up, so everyone else with spd hope you have more luck getting help!!
by dawnmumofC 13th Oct 2010, 9:22am
I have suffered spd since week 24 i'm now 36 weeks i felt nobody wanted to know dr,midwife,physio or my consultant in the hospital i got pregnant too soon after having my daughter i was told who is due to be one this week. Nothing really works but i still kept taking the painkillers i could walk better when i was in labour i had to give up work early so i've lost time i planned on spending with my children after the birth. Its a cruel pain if i had experienced this on my first i def wont have gone through it again you all sympathy i'm hoping 4 weeks mine will all be over with i've never moaned so much in all my life
by clair1974 5th Oct 2010, 5:13pm
To Hannah
When i was pregnant i developed SPD at around 17 weeks i guess. It wasn't diagnosed until about 19 weeks as i thought it was part of being pregnant until my midwfie (who had SPD herself) recognised the symptoms. Anyway i was signed off work for a week, went back a week, was signed off another, went back and then the Dr signed me off until the baby was due! I worked in sales and my nearest office and spent alot of time driving. I think unless your employer can accommodate your needs (mine couldnt offer my an alternative as i was self managed and all the office jobs were 1-2 hours away) then you need to get signed off for as long is needed. I was lucky enough to have full pay so it didnt affect me financially, i just got a bit bored at home, but it was what i needed.
by salandmat 21st Sep 2010, 3:36pm
i have pain down below im 7 months, but my midwife just said the babys head is facing down, but i think i've got this bcos a couple nights b4 i was up the hospital and the babys head wasntdown and i still had the pain , x
by 091210 17th Sep 2010, 4:06pm
Hi,

I am 26 weeks pregnant and been suffering PGP from bout 17 weeks. I had been off work with it however have gone back with my doctos suggesting altered hours, work have currently dropped me from 8 hours a day to 6 hours but still suffering badly. Work in a call centre environment and find sitting for great lengths of time make it incredibly worse but there is other jobs I could do instead which enable me to move around more. Doc today gave me a letter advising not 2 sit for so long taking calls and for work to amend my duties only to be told this afternoon they can't guarantee i won't be sitting taking calls all day but that they will take it a day at a time. Without being signed off until baby comes (DD23/12) does anyone know if i have a leg to stand on here as it's really wearing me down as I am so sore.

Hope everyone is doing well
by Hannahw84 17th Sep 2010, 4:05pm
hi,
i sympathise with you all am also in the same boat and it's also getting me very low because of this condition i had to finish work early i can't do simple tasks and the pain is getting severe. I have to wear sanitary towels on a night because i find it hard to get out of bed quick enough due to the pain, lucky my partner is supportive and understands, i have a appointment with the consultant today and hopefully they will be able to do something for me or actually listen to me because its took till now at 37 weeks that a midwife has actually took me serious after suffering from it for 14 weeks, i hope all goes well for everyone please let me know how you get on x
by sarag24 6th Sep 2010, 2:12pm
Hi Ladies,
I'm so sorry you are in so much pain. This is my first pregnancy I was diagnosed with PGP at 17 weeks. My MW reffered me to physio but didn't seem to be much bothered about it. 1st two appointments didn't help much I was only given some exercises to do, given tubigrip and support belt and thats all. Over last couple of weeks the pain started to get worse, I wasn't able to sleep, walk or sit without crying. I went to see my GP and she was really understanding, was prescribed some co codamol (loads of it) and given another physio appointment on Monday, manual therapy this time:-p So now I'm waiting, I have to say painkillers are helping me sleep, and I'm not in so much pain as long as I'm not moving, I have taken this week off work. Not really sure what will happen after, and if physio won't help will GP sign me off work? I'm just dreading going back and be in that pain again. I feel pretty low down, I always thought pregnancy is something wonderful, never expected to be as painful. Sorry for moaning, sitting and not being able to do much is killing me! Please let me know how did you all get on!
by Ruinyel 2nd Sep 2010, 10:52am
I'm so glad I looked at this site. This is my first pregnancy I was diagnosed with SPD by my GP at 24weeks. She was really supportive and I got physio really quickly. Not sure it has done much to improve things but hopefully its stopped it getting any worse. My midwifery team just haven't been interested. At my 28 week appointment I asked how this would effect my labour and was told it was far to early to think about it and to see how it goes. I'm in constant pain, using crutches and struggling to do even the simplest of tasks around the house.I loved my job as a theatre nurse but have been signed off as I just can't work with crutches. Its so frustrating as I was very active before my pregnancy.
I've felt quite alone until I found this page, my husband is supportive but at times I feel he thinks I'm exaggerating, especially when I cry at night times as I can't get comfortable in bed or he comes home from work and I've achieved nothing with my day. None of my close friends have children and at times I feel they think I'm making a fuss (sure its just my hormones making me paranoid!) People keep telling me to enjoy the rest as I won't get time to relax when the little one arrives but its easier said than done when even walking to the toilet is a trial!
So I just want to say its really reassuring to hear that I'm not alone in this, I feel guilty if I moan as I know there are far worse complications which could be dangerous to my baby but sometimes I feel like I could just cry! There's still 11weeks to go! I'm sure it'll all be worth it once I hold my little baby in my arms :)
by wigglerswomb 20th Aug 2010, 10:58am
Im Due next week so i no i dont have long to go but the pain has gotten sooo bad. Its my 4th pregnancy and the pain has become so unbarable that i cry at night cause i cant sleep because im in agony. My Dr hasn't done anything about it. I would like some advise on how to ease the pain just so i can get through the next week. thank you
by kylie5 19th Aug 2010, 3:13pm
I am on my third pregnancy (fourth baby) and my SPD or PGP is TERRIBLE this time. I fortunately have a GREAT doctor who has taken the time to listen to my problems. He's prescribed me a pain medicine (which is better than nothing) and he's doing more research on this diagnosis himself to determine my best route for delivery. It's so great to see that I'm not the only one suffering from this. It's gotten to the point where simply walking is excruciating. We were sort of hoping to have one more baby after this, but since these symptoms started at 23 weeks and there has been proof that it starts earlier with each subsequent pregnancy, we've decided this will be it for us. It's sad, but I don't know if I can go through all this again. So great to find people that are going through the same thing as me! :)
by utchic99 18th Aug 2010, 9:30am
Hi all SPD (PGP) sufferers (Esp, Kelly)
I suffered during my first pregnancy (Isabel born 26/06/2008) and am suffering even more this time round (due 06/07/2010). I have to stay at my parents most of the week as my husband's work makes it tricky for him to care for me and his daughter. He was actually making himself ill trying to do everything for us! All I can do is sit and watch people help and do things for me, very frustrating. But what bothers me more, if possible, is everyone telling me I can't have any more children. I'm not even sure I planned on more but I'd like to chose for myself. I hope that after this one and if I decide to try again I could be more prepared before we even conceive and lessen the agony before it even begins - will that be possible Kelly? Also do you have any more tips for labour? Want to have vaginal as I had a c-section for other complications last time. Is it safe to sit on a birthing ball for example? Remember it being quite nice last time!
Anyway to all those with a way to go, there is light at the end of the tunnel and there is a good chance it will disappear as soon as you give birth. Just focus on that little baby how happy you'll feel finally holding him/her in your arms.
Good luck one and all
xx Em xx
by MummyElf 12th Aug 2010, 9:13am
hi
First of all i would like to say i feel for all of you and would not wish this on anyone.And im glad that most of you are now getting the care and support or advise thats needed especially as the heaith preffession now realize and are starting to appreciate how painful this condition is,and its so much more heard of and common now a days.
There was nothing like this around when i had my ist child and SPD had been totally unheard off!!!
There fore i would like to share my experiances with you, well i am a mother to 5 my eldest is 13 years old i then went on to have twins girl of which are 11 now i had spd through out both these preganancys although there wasnt a name for it then i was told i was in all lot of pain with my 1st because he was a big baby (9ibs 6oz) made sense so i didnt dispute it also as it was my 1st pregnancy so had nothing to compare it too. Then fell preganant with the twins and the pain got worse pretty much told the same only that the pain was due to carrying twins. 6 yrs later i had another child and thats when i was given a name for what i had.
I was given a support belt and refered to a physio the pain got worse the more children i had. so much so that i couldnt get up after i sat down, couldnt get out of bed to go to the toilet in the night. bed time was the worst for me my pubic bone used to feel like it had locked and i felt like it would snap. And because i couldnt get up straight away it had resulted in me actually wetting myself.
when i went to see the physio and explaned to her what was happening she knew straight away what it was, and i felt so relieved that finally some one was listening and knew what was happening to me, she gave me some sound advise ie for bed time and during labour she advised me not to have an epidural as i wouldnt feel my pain below and could come out of labour damaged for life.she also recommended i have my daughter standing/squatting over a pillow which i did!! And the last piece of advise she gave me was no more children as could end up with long term damage,,, well i didnt listen to that last piece of advise(well not straight away anyway) i went on to have my 5th child (daughter whos 3 now) with all the pain as before but worse, i had to have a c section and was advised by my gyn to be sterilised. which i was. I dont have any long term damage thankfully,Only having to have been sterilized at the age 29, but still im greatful i have 5 beutiful happy healthy children. Hope this will be some help to you all. All the best kelly
by kel831 11th Jun 2010, 5:32pm
hi
this is my 4th pregnancy and second time having spd. The first time i started to get the pains was in my third pregnancy around 8 weeks, signed off work at 12 weeks then put on crutches by 19 weeks labour was the worsed sadly i had a stillborn so im crossing every part of my body this baby is ok. I started to fill the signs of spd around 6 weeks witch gave me the clue i was pregnant!!!! i ended up in so much pain i was coming home from work crying thinking i couldnt cope with it all again!! I was given crutches again by 11 weeks there was talk of a wheel chair later on!! A few weeks ago i took my children swimming and since then my wish of a happy pregnancy is slowly coming true the pain is still in my back but i have no pain in my legs hips or anything. There is still chance it can start again but fingers and toes crossed it doesnt.
so good luck x L x
by lynnt23 14th May 2010, 4:41pm
I am 27 weeks with my third child and never experienced pain like this! Just recently been diagnosed with SPD and now have to wear a support belt as much as possible, have no choice but to use crutches and finding it increasingly difficult to do every day tasks never loan look after my two children of whom are 6 and 3.5 years old. I'm with you JosieLee anyone who suffers any kind of hip, pelvis or even groin pain should either consult their doctor or midwife. Please anyone who is suffering from this feel free to message me as it'll be nice to speak to anyone who is going through the same as myself and others. Shelina x
by soc120675 14th May 2010, 4:18pm
I am 30 weeks pregnant and have been just diagnosed with SPD. I have been getting shooting pains around my pelvis since i got pregnant but didn't know what it was - every1 told me it was just the baby growing. Now the pain has worsened and i have total pelvic and back pain. Ive been told to rest and not walk - which is hard when you're working full-time! Took 30 weeks but i finally got to the root of the pain!! Not that its helped much - i feel like a cripple!
by Nargause 14th May 2010, 4:02pm
Hi Am 39 Weeks And Suffering With alot of pelvic pain and also cramp is it SPD?
by Kirstie2217 14th May 2010, 3:48pm
I am 31 weeks pregnant and had intense pain start in my left hip at 26 weeks. I think it is SPD after having a pal who is 5 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy who also suffers from it. The only relief I have is a hot bath and recently tried just being in the swimming pool - not swimming. It took the weight off the hip and the pelvic bone and felt a million times better. I am on cocodamol from my doctor and have a walking stick as I can't put weight on my hip. I am waiting to see a specialist. I am managing, but it's not ideal and luckily, I don't work and my hubby works from home. Make sure you see your GP as soon as possible if you have any kind of hip pain and good luck. :-)
by JosieLee 27th Jan 2010, 9:28am
Im 35 weeks pregnant with my first child and have been quite upset that I cant enjoy my pregancy because Im in so much pain. I feel better knowing that other people are suffering with SPD as well. I wouldnt wish this upon anyone and I feel for anyone else who is suffering. Cx
by cris87 20th Oct 2009, 12:34pm
im around 6 weeks pregnant and get pain in my lower abdomen i dont no what this is so will it affect my pregnancy and will it worsen?
by francesss 14th Oct 2009, 10:23am
i had really bad SPD with my last baby who is now 7 months old and now only 5 weeks pregnant i am suffering with it already, i cant sleep properly because of this pain nd im also hearing it clicking already which i didnt get till i was 6 months pregnant with the last. how do i cope with a active baby an SPD? xx
by xxBabyMummaxx 7th Oct 2009, 10:33am
please help.I had severe spd when I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 8.Im waiting for a date for sterilisation and have just found out im 6 weeks pegnant.Im really scared.My husband thinks we should terminate the pregnancy as he thinks Ill end up in a wheelchair.I have no family who live near me to help. I understand where my husband is coming from,but I have a baby growing inside me and I feel totally heartbroken.
by candymaxi 22nd Sep 2009, 10:23am
i suffer from spd,have had a terrible time in my last 3 pregnancies and im now 15 weeks pregnant n feeling the onset already.ive had physio,co codamol,support belt in the past ,and even a local anasthetic which i wouldnt recommend as although its very effective its very painful to have and wears off way too quickly,in the end my consultant induces labour at 38 wks!!
by colx 21st Sep 2009, 9:18am
Hi i also have alot of pain im nearly 38 wks. It has me in tears some days i cant even get up the stairs when it gets to a certain stage. My midwife keeps saying it is the pulling of muscles but its not as the pain moves from side to side and all in the front. Ihave to go to the hospital friday to see the dr and try to come up with a solution as nothing else has worked. Im getting worried that when its time to have this baby im not going to cope atall with this pain to add to it.
by tazy1982 24th Aug 2009, 9:19am
I am 10 weeks pregnant and also have pain but it is not severe. Although walking or lifitng my leg or turning in my bed is starting to become uncomfortable. I'll try the tips aboveand will contact my doctor, it felt strange but thought this is all part of the uncomfortability one experiences in the 1st trimester. Thanks for the info.
by Mashadi 13th Aug 2009, 11:29am
im thinking i have SPD as i have near constant pain in the left side of my pelvis and the bottom of my spine. it really hurts when i lie down and movefeels like my left leg is going to pop out of my hip its horrible. i cant go shopping as walking is extreamaly painful. i hve mentioned this to my midwife and she has sent a refaral to a physiotheripist but she said this could take quite a while to come through. i have been suffering with this pain for about 6 weeks now and am only in my 19th week has anyone got any advice for dealing with this in the mean time while i wait for my appointment to come through??? thanks and kind regards x x x
by sassyb3 3rd Jul 2009, 9:11am
I have SPD. I've been given support belt, crutches, tens machine, Co codamol, Lactulose, tubigrip and also was referred to physio which i go-to once a week. My advice is when you get out of the bath, put something cold on your pubic bone area. Heat will make every thing feel better but after a short while it will then feel worse. Your pubis bone is inflamed from moving around and needs cold to take the inflammation down. The bath makes it worse. I also use frozen peas or the liquid ice pack you can buy in shops. You can buy towel shaped ones in mothercare for people that have had stitches. They're great but don't stay cold for long. I'm 34 1/2 weeks pregnant and this is my third. I didn't suffer this with my other 2 pregnancies and my second son was 11lb 2oz. I spend a lot of time on the sofa with my feet up. Sleep is broken and totalling 5 to 6 hours a night so i try to rest every day. I'm gonna be up in the night soon anyway so i suppose the condition is training me for when that time comes. Good luck to all. ;)
by emsky 18th Jun 2009, 9:52am
My midwife has just diagnosed me with SPD. I've had the pain in my back and pelvis for months and gradually it has got worse. I mentioned it to my stand-in midwife a while back and she said the pain was normal during pregnancy!!!! My usual midwife has said there is nothing that can be done and I should count myself lucky I'm not using a zimmer frame!!!! The pain is actully getting worse by the day and I'm worried I'm not going to be able to walk soon! I've got six wks until I'm due to give birth and I feel for anyone who has experienced this condition.
by pots 8th May 2009, 9:54am
i highly reccommend using an excercise ball. Easy to do sat at home in front of the telly each night. I had pain that was getting worse by the day, especially at night when lay on myt sides. My physio at St. Marys reccommended rotating hips in circles and backwards and forwards on the ball. I did this every night and found the pain to lessen every time. I had a week of being lazy because the ball needed pumping up and didnt do the excercises and the pain came creeping back. I started back on it a week ago and its obvious this helps a lot. Please try to do it you will be amazed how quicky it can help.
Some other tips are: Not standing with your hips forward.
Walking quicker being mindful not to allow yourself to 'waddle!'
Pelvic floor excercises.
generally standing up straight.
trust me, regularly doing this stuff really helps.
Merry Christmas!
by BJP 5th Jan 2009, 9:28am
i have 3 kids and i can barly get up out of bed to send them to school .i am suffering with spd since 10wks and now i am 28wks please help ...is their any chance in having my baby at about 37,38 wks if possaible...pls help
by brian666 23rd Dec 2008, 9:18am
Im in wk 36 with servere spd.. i have never experienced pain like it in my life.. there are lots available just unfortunatly nothing has worked for me.. I have accupuncture on my pelvis 3 times a wk... it's ok short term but doesnt last long.. also hydrotherapy is good.. i have been in so much pain that i have been on pain killers for it, it didnt help me falling down the stairs at 30 wk's and really making it worse.. but for those who are worried about taking pain releif then my baby is completly healthy and has not done her any harm what so ever.. If you are suffering so much then take the tablets.. i wouldnt have got through it if not.
by dippydora 3rd Nov 2008, 10:18am
Has anyone gone to see a chirorpractor for SPD and had the WEbster technique done? I read about it and am curious to try it. Am in a lot of pain, which just started this week. BUt each day seems worse. I'm pretty sure it's SPD even though my dr. hasn't diagnosed it. Dr. just said it was normal 2nd time round pain (this is my 2nd baby). It doesn't feel so "normal" to me.
by SaiSai 20th Oct 2008, 11:02am
I am 32 weeks and in loads of pain, However when i was going through puberty i suffered from spd and was not diagnosed on and off for 17 years i have suffered from pelvic pain and only till now have i been told what it is. If your waiting to see a physio ring them up and tell them the urgency i have a great physio who i see weekly as the pain progresses, i am due to have a walking frame by the end of this week i can say im not too happy about this but my baby is healthy and thats all that matters, Radox baths help me and thats about it. swimming was a def no no as i couldnt get out of the pool. I recomed getting a brace of some description as it does help with getting around but can be sore and frustrating if its the velcro style one. so far i have refused pain meds untill i am in that much pain i cant stand it.
My midwife is very supportive with this condition and know quite a it about it water birth is said to be the best and as long as you can get in and out with help in case of emergency thats the best way to go, but dont deal with it untill 3 week till your due as how you feel now will change by then.
Take it easy and try to do nothing till your baby is born and then when he/she is here again try to do nothing as it might not go for weeks, months or i have even heard of years.
Good luck and there are others out there with this condition.
by shobby 9th Oct 2008, 9:23am
I suffered extreme SPD with my first pregnancy from 26 weeks (and I have just discovered I am pregnant again). My baby was also breech which probably didnt help as she kept kicking me in the painful area. If anyone is suffering out there I have some tips for you which may help. Firstly dont push anything forward with your legs or knees, for example moving a bed. As soon as possible get some support for your pelvis (I used sloggi briefs for pulling in the tummy!). Dont try to be brave and do things on your own that you find painful - you may find bending down to pick something up painful - use a grab stick if you can get one or ask for help no matter how silly it sounds. Ask your toddler to stand on the sofa if they need help getting dressed, dont bend over. Put a nice hot water bottle between your upper thighs at night when going to bed, this really helps. Turning over in bed at night can be very painful, try to resist if you can, or ask your partner to help you and try to keep your legs together. A full body U shaped maternity pillow is fab as it gives great support when you turn over in bed and 'catches' your tummy as you turn, lessening the strain on your pelvis (or use lots of pillows either side and at perfect height to your tum. You can buy one on line. See your doctor asap and ask about painkillers. I was told that I couldnt have any, and later was told that certain painkillers could have been administered (I was very angry about this!). With my particular SPD it went immediately my baby was born (by C Section). Please consider C Section. I believe that normal child birth can be very painful and even if your midwife is aware of your condition you may get a different midwife on the day who has no knowledge of your condition. The old method of carrying a tied ribbon around with you that it the same measurement as the maximum width you can open your thighs is rediculous. Unless someone has suffered the pain of this condition they cannot really understand it. My sincere sympathy and love to any ladies out there who have been diagnosed with this.
by Franky12345 2nd Oct 2008, 9:20am
I have had spd since week 10, in agony everyday. Still not enough support given to us mums suffering from it.
by alady 28th Aug 2008, 8:54am
im 33 weeks pregnant and have suffered from spd from 24 weeks. ive only just started havin phyco witch isnt helping at all, this is my 3rd baby and ive never had it before so dont really know what to expect in labour midwife suggested being took in early to have the baby as the pain is just to much to now and ive 2 young children to look after. has anyone suffered this before and could tell me what the best thing to do in labour i want to avoid a c-section if possible but im fightened the pain is goin to be to much i have to make my birth plan next week and not sure what i should do any advise would help.
by gemmafaulkner100 4th Aug 2008, 9:14am
During my first labour, i experienced two much water discharge which resulted me to go to c/s now i am in 32 weeks in my second pregnancy. my problem now is i'm having back pain, doctor is complaining of my baby is big. pls want can i do not to go to C/S again.
by askbaby123456 24th Jul 2008, 9:28am
I had a baby twelve years ago and broke my pelvis..... im now pregnant again and concerned the same thing will happen. doesanyone have any experience of this?
by varweb 25th Mar 2008, 9:08am
Does anybody have any advice, i am 32 weeks & recently diagnosed with SPD. My midwife has referred me to a physio but the appt is not for another 3 weeks. i am still working but feel very uncomfortable.
by lisa35 1st Oct 2007, 11:22am

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