Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD for short, is a condition that some woman can get during pregnancy. In short, it is where the pubic bone moves a lot and causes a lot of pain in the pelvic area.
This is my third successful pregnancy and from the beginning there has been a horrible pain in what feels like my pelvis. Up until now it has been manageable but it seems the further along in my pregnancy I go, the worse the pain gets.
Unfortunately beyond paracetamol and physio, there is little that can be done about the pelvic pain. I have been told it will probably return to normal after giving birth. There are little things we can do in the mean time to reduce the pain. Here are a few things that have worked for me for short moments of relief.
1. Try Not to Twist
Keeping your pelvis straight and not twisting the body too much. When you get off of the bed, try to keep your legs together.
Twisting in general during pregnancy probably isn’t a good idea as it is. You wouldn’t want to add a bad back or pulled muscle to the list of pains would you?
2. Get Help With Housework
Have children old enough to clear up? Ask them to help. My partner has been a saint as well do most things that involve standing or squatting.
3. Avoid Standing too Much
Standing for log periods of time can do more harm than good. I have found sitting for as many normal tasks as possible, such as peeling potatoes, helps a lot.
When it comes to washing up, I do small amounts at a time to avoid standing too much.
4. Don’t Squat!
Squatting may be fine to begin with but you will most likely feel it later. Instead, I find lowering myself into a kneeling position is best if I absolutely must get to the floor for any reason. Either that or you could ask someone to help.
It is important to rest but it is also important to move around every now and again otherwise you might find your muscles will feel stiff and painful. I take a small walk around my garden space or make a cup of tea to get up a bit.
6. Pillows and Water Bottles
My favourite of all! Pillows. At the moment I like hugging a pillow to put a small amount of pressure on the painful areas and keep everything still.
Water bottles are a great way to reduce pains in the back and other muscle aches. This will reduce the stress of everything.
Having a bath might be a good idea. We only have a shower unit but even that reduces the pain I feel ready for going to bed.
Just remember, it’s not all doom and gloom. You have a beautiful baby on the way.
Have a restful day!