Handling SPD

Posted 11-22-2013 at 07:10 AM by whitneywalters

What is SPD?
– SPD or symphysis pubis dysfunction is a stiff joint the connects your pelvic halves. Your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens your ligaments to get your body ready for birth.
You pelvic joint moves a lot more during pregnancy, which can cause inflammation and pain. It may lead to SPD.

Common symptoms are -
Back, hip or pelvic pain.
A grinding or clicking feeling in your pelvic area. ( I had it with my last two pregnancies and again with my current. The best way I can describe the sensation is sand in your joints. )
Pain in your thighs. Often made worse by walking up stairs, getting out of bed and parting your legs.
Pain is often worse at night, making it hard to sleep.
If you get SPD in one pregnancy, you are likely to get it again. SPD can develop after pregnancy as well.

For more information – http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a546492/pelvic-pain-spd

I have had SPD in my past two pregnancies and again in my current. The first time I did not start getting symptoms until around thirty weeks, it was around twenty five  weeks the second time and now in my current pregnancy I started getting the pain at twenty weeks. There are several things you can do to try to lessen the pain. 
Do pelvic exercises.
– Be careful when getting out of bed or out of the car. When laying down, bring your knees up as far as you can to stop your pelvis from moving to make it easier to part your legs. When sitting, arch your back before trying to stand.
– Do not push through your pain. When it hurts, stop doing it. If the pain allowed to flare up, it can take a long time to settle. ( I know for a fact this is true. I have pushed myself way too far and hurt for days after. )
– Move often to avoid getting stiff.
– Avoid heavy lifting or pushing.
– When getting dressed, sit to pull your underwear or pants on. I also sit when putting on shoes.
– Some people swear by chiropractic care.

I also suggest asking for help. I have four young kids to care for and I am a stay at home mom. If I am having a really bad day, I will spend the day with my mom so she can help with the kids and I do not end up in massive amounts of pain. Some times I just do not get things done, the floors may not get swept until my husband gets home and I may not get all the laundry done. Being in pain is not worth it in the long run.

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One Response to “Handling SPD”

  1. brittrblackwell on December 14th, 2013 4:59 pm

    So glad you posted this! I had this with my last pregnancy (three months ago) :( . I would also recommend seeing a knowledgeable chiropractor. I had to see one twice a week because It got so bad towards the end. Dh would have to help me in/out of the car and it was really painful,but after just one adjustment I was able to get in/out of the car by myself with almost no pain. Good thing is that after my little one was born it went away. Its best to avoid stirrups and laying on you back/tailbone when giving birth as sometimes (kinda rare) your ps can completely separate. The best position is squatting but I actually ended up in a sitting position (nothing else felt comfortable for some reason) and all was fine.

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