37 weeks and it hurts to walk

Lindsey - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Im 37 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and my lower abdomen hurts when i walk. anybody have an idea of whats goin on. And yes i am planning on talking to my doctor about it at my next visit. i know thats a common thing people post :)

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Jacqueline - posted on 10/07/2009

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I had this at the end of my pregnancy and its called SPD

Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction

What it is: Symphysis pubic dysfunction, or SPD, is one of those weird pregnancy conditions that sounds bizarre and well, kind of is. It means the ligaments that normally keep your pelvic bone aligned become too relaxed and stretchy. This, in turn, can make the pelvic joint — aka the symphysis pubis — unstable, causing some pretty strange sensations and sometimes pain.



What causes it: The culprit behind SPD is the aptly named hormone relaxin. Its mission is to make your ligaments stretchy so your baby can ease his or her way into the world. But sometimes relaxin does its job too well, making ligaments too loose too soon (way before baby is ready to come out), and that causes instability (and unfortunately, pain) in the pelvic joint.



What you need to know about symphysis pubic dysfunction: While your legs won't actually fall off (I promise), it may seem like they're going in opposite directions from each other (and the rest of your body). Walking, standing, or rolling over in bed can really hurt as one side of the joint shifts more than the other, throwing everything off-kilter. In very rare cases (I mean rare!), the joint may gape apart noticeably, a condition called diastasis symphysis pubis, which can cause serious pain in your pelvis, groin, hips, and buttocks (truly, a pain in the rear!).

Brandy - posted on 10/07/2009

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Your baby may have dropped. My first dropped at 36 weeks and I had her at 37 and that is what I felt like that whole week. Every time I walked or sat down to fast or twisted the wrong way, I got this painful pressure in my lower abdomen.

Faith - posted on 10/06/2009

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i had the same problem, my son was just born on October 2nd. whats going on is: ur baby's head is in position ready to b born. usually women will dialate b4 this happens. but seeing as how he's already in position, labor shouldnt b a problem for u. i got induced bcz i just so happened to have a dr,s' app. on my due date. i wasnt dialated enough but the gave me something to dialate me and once they did that i dialated quickly. so dont b afraid that something is wrong. ur baby dropped first instead of u dialating first.

Janice - posted on 10/07/2009

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I had to get one of those maternity belts to help me. I could hardly walk till i used one.

Kate - posted on 10/07/2009

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Don't worry, mine started at 24 weeks, and as soon as I had my boy, I was fine. it was a long time to feel that way and it SUCKS....but you'll soon be over it!

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Sarah - posted on 05/08/2011

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www.supportpelvicdysfunction.co.uk is a charity that offers one on one help for mums with SPD or PGP. They have just put an official community up on circle of moms. help@supportpelvicdysfunction.co.uk

Hope this helps x

I have spd and im in a wheelchair for life with it, im the founder of this charity so please feel free to trust in my help. All info is on my homepage or the official COMS page.

I send you all my love as SPD is common but not normal in pregnancy and it is a hard condition to deal with as if affects our mobility. keep your chins up and im here if you need any help from the charity.

Lindsey - posted on 10/08/2009

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THANKS EVERYONE! feels good to know we arent alone with our body problems!

Eliza - posted on 10/07/2009

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He might just settle low. That's what my son did. And it hurt to walk from like 30 weeks on!

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Maybe it's the position of the baby. There were days that my back was killing me and then when the baby dropped my thighs started aching. But, when I mentioned my back pain to my doctor she did a full work up on my urine and checked my kidneys. Kidney infections can cause pain like that too. My tests all came back negative though. Good luck to you and congratulations on the pregnancy!

Coolgirl426 - posted on 10/06/2009

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i had the same problem while pregnant with my 2nd baby and it was just how she was pushing on my insides...i would be grocery shopping and literally double over yelling at my stomach begging the baby to move because she was pushing on nerves making it impossible to walk...so it sounds like your baby could be pushing on nerves or it is just your body getting ready to deliver...

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It could be separation of your abdominal muscle. It's important to do bracing exercises during your pregnancy to keep some strength.

Shirley - posted on 10/06/2009

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It could be your ligaments. 2nd time round your muscles and ligaments are already stretched and therefore towards the end when the baby is low it stretches the already loose ligaments and muscles causing some pain. The 1st time round your ligaments and muscles are tight giving more support. Also generally the 2nd baby is larger than the 1st causing more of a pull on your ligaments.

Sharon - posted on 10/06/2009

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Tara - you could ROLL???? LOL I'm kidding. I remember how painful it was the baby shifted as I rolled to the side to get out of bed. I also remember begging hubby to install one of those bars that hangs from the ceiling so I could just pull myself up. He refused even after I suggested it might handy for some sex thing...

Tara - posted on 10/06/2009

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Thats how my second one was. Baby was sitting really really low. It hurt to even roll over in bed. Laying there hurt.

Sharon - posted on 10/06/2009

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sorry - nothing comes to mind. Is the baby in an awkward position? Did you gain more this time around?

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