Anyone have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) while pregnant?

Kaitlin - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I am 39 weeks pregnant and just found out today from my midwife that the reason for all the pain in my pelvic region is SPD. I am so happy that there is a name for my conditon. I have been experiencing this pain for months now. When I told people and the midwife at first about the pain I was having, it seemed like they all thought everything was fine and I was just over exaggerating the normal discomforts of pregnancy. I was wanting to hear the experiences of anyone who has dealt with this and how they gave birth whether it being c-section, vaginal delivery, or being induced.

This is my second child and I plan on getting an epidural, but worried because the epidural didn't work with my first child (who I had a great pregnancy with just a bad labor/delivery). Basically I am afraid how bad labor and delivery will be because of this horrible pain I have already especially if the epidural doesn't work again. Anyone have an SPD pregnancy?

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Amy - posted on 12/20/2012

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I'm about to be 13 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and I think I have this...it hurts to close my legs, get up off the couch or bed, stand, walk...its too early for this crap! Should I ask my dr about it? I don't go again til jan 4th...should I go sooner or wait?

Amy - posted on 01/15/2010

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I had severe SPD in my second pregnancy, and like you the midwives didn't take it seriously until I went to the doctors at around 29 weeks pregnant for something different but mentioned this pain and my doctor made me a physiotherapist appointment.

I saw the physio and she was appalled at the fact that I had been complaining of this pain since 20 weeks pregnant and it had been ignored. However she gave me lots of advice on how to minimise the damage and the pain such as going up and down stairs by putting both feet on the same step before moving onto the next one and getting a toddler stool for getting in and out of the bath instead of stretching your legs so far.

I had a natural birth and the advice I was given by my physio that during labour just to keep my knees together (obviously not whilst giving birth as this would prove tricky!! :) ) and not straddle anything basicially anything which causes your knees to be apart should be avoided with this condition. I didn't notice any extra pain due to the SPD as I gave birth to my son naturally over four years ago and havn't had an epidural with either labour.

The SPD I noticed had just about gone within the first 24 hours of pregnancy with only mild discomfort lasting for about 10 weeks afterwards and only really when turning over in bed or something similar.

It is appalling that you have been left so long with this condition as it is very painful so I would try to see your Doc as no the midwives don't seem to think it exists, but it will go after the birth.

Take Care and Good Luck x

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Not a big deal.(Angie)I guess your just speaking from your own experience.I could hardly walk lol.



I never felt so much pain& mine was mild.My doctor pressed down on my pelvic bone while measuring the size of my baby and i screamed so loud with the pain i was heard in the waiting room..For lots of us moms it was a big deal so i guess we just beg to differ.:)

Aubrey - posted on 06/11/2010

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I'm so glad I found this! I was worried that maybe I was going into preterm labor!
I had this pain at 30 weeks with my twins and now it's worse (I'm only 23 weeks this time). It's so bad that my sacroiliac joint keeps popping when I shift positions and the joints where my legs and inner thighs connect get sharp pains. It hurts to walk and heat and belts don't seem to help. I asked the nurse about it and she said it seems to be "normal"...I'm waiting to see if the doctor wants me to come in...Hope there's a simple fix.

Samantha - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have this and have for the past week. Very painful at times (can't stand up and can't take a step), but manageable after time spent off my feet, and with no sudden movements, no jumping up and down, etc.



They wouldn't give me anything stronger than Tylenol for this.



I asked lots of questions, and had the good sense to ask everyone from my grandmother who is a nurse to other veteran moms in my family.



They are all saying it shouldn't affect the delivery at all, and to just take it slow and easy at my own pace to help keep the pain at a minimum.



I wish you well at your upcoming delivery, and hope this helps.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/20/2012

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Yes talk with your doctor or midwife Amy. I had it pretty bad, and I used the belly band for it. If you do indeed have it, do NOT deliver on your back. There are many other positions, and I delivered on my side. BUT I am closing this thread because it almost 2 years old. Please feel free to start a new thread on this issue.

Lisha - posted on 09/06/2012

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I'm going to be full-term tomorrow. I've been suffering with this since I was 7 months, but everyone (even in/gyn) said it was normal. I will be bringing this to my doc's attention tomorrow morning, since I just found out this existed! I wouldn't have taken pain pills, but could've gotten more sleep the last 2 months if I'd known how to manage this! Thanks to everyone who posted!

Lesley - posted on 07/18/2012

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I agree SPD IS a big deal so much so that it can be relevant in causing depression due to the amount of pain and inability to function and perform daily tasks. It can be crippling. I’m a strong woman and have a high pain tolerance, but as a homemaker it has brought me to tears several times not only because of the pain, but because emotion about the pain being so inexcusable and such a vast interference in being able to clean and drive and grocery shopping without help. Ginger powder really takes the edge off but shouldnt be used to ignore syptoms to rest. I may have done further damage powering through it. Lesson learned and hopefully passed on. :) Wiki has some great advice about this disorder that has help.

Nikki - posted on 02/08/2012

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i am unable to get either site u have set up.I'd very much like to speak with you.I had the most horrendous spd in my first pregnancy 16 yrs ago..Over dramatic as it sounds i was suicidal with pain by the time he was born. Ive never had another baby,and would very much like to..please can u tell me ur story.My doctor said 7 yrs ago, I would be in a wheelchair for life if I have another one. many thanks, Nikki

Kelly - posted on 05/18/2011

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I'm pregnant with SPD. I got diagnosed with SPD a few wks back i find it hard to walk and my physio has given me crutches.... i only have 14 wks left and this is my 4th preg and the 1st time i have had an SPD pregnancy. im hoping for a homebirth (but not sure if its going to happen now) which i had on my 3rd child. i have been told by a number of my friends adn the physio that bands dont work for everyone so at the mo im dealing with t he pain (stupid i know) but ive got my crutches to help...they help for a while but not long.... i hope everything goes ok for you :) xx

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 in pregnancy is common but not normal 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.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/11/2010

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P.S I did alot of research on this, and once you get SPD, each pregnancy it gets worse...sorry ladies. My midwife recommended the baby belly band...it worked wonders. I used that along with the stirrups that go between the legs (also had varicose vains vaginally) it really helped. Use heat, not ice on both of those symptoms. The belly band that I used is a little pricy, but worth every damn penny!!!!!!! This is the website!



www.babybellyband.com



good luck!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/11/2010

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Ok, my first birth was a c-section with no SPD, my second was born 8 wks ago with pretty bad SPD and I had a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) My midwifes were awesome, and diagnosed me at 30 weeks. One thing they told me is to ABSOLUTELY DO NOT GIVE BIRTH ON YOUR BACK!!! You will not feel how painful your pelvis is seperating due to labor pains, wich makes it worse! Being on your back to deliver can make the situation very very painful after delivery...it can seperate even more in that position. That being said, not only did I have SPD, but my hips were so out of allignment, that I could barely walk. So I was seperating side to side and up and down..,ouch. Truthfully, I am still having problems, but I think it is becouse my hips are still out of allignment..I have to get to the chiropractor for that.



All that being said, I delivered a beautiful baby girl on April 11, 2010. I did deliver on my side, and with no pain management at all. I went from a c-section with my first..to completely natural with my second. If it is bothering you after the birth...make sure you let the nursing staff, doctor, or midwife know so you can get some perks. I couldn't walk afterwards either...,but I was a bit of an extreme case. When you get out of bed, you need to do it with your knees together, or rolling from side to side with knees shut. The wider you spread your legs, the worse it is. But during labor, you will be able to feel what is comfortable up to a point. Definately talk to whoever is going to be delivering you about the best position options for delivery...I just cannot stress that enough. If you were earlier in your pregnancy, the Belly Band is the way to go to eliviate the stress on your pelvic bone...but by the time you receive it your baby will be born. Good luck! It is a very painful thing..but it will be over soon.

Kaitlin - posted on 01/17/2010

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Jennifer,

I am glad you seen this and can go and ask your doctor about it.

I hope you get something to help with it and don't have to wait as long as I did to find out what the pain actually is. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/16/2010

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OMG!!! I think that SPD is what i have and i am going to the docor next week to see. I hurt so bad in my pelvic area all the time and i am only 26 weeks.. Its even hard to turn over in the bed and walk.

Rosie - posted on 01/16/2010

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seeing this post by amy i feel jipped somehow as well. there were other options than just the stupid belt?! grrrr.. well at least my dr. let me be induce at 39 wks, unlike this poor womans dr. which makes me go grrrrrr as well!

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wish you all the best Kaitlin again my sister was on the crutches and she did just fantastic at the delivery so think positive.On my second preg they were giving mothers info on this so maybe the have found its more common than the doctors like to think.

Good luck again and relax and stay positive.Have a safe delivery and a very healthy bundle of joy.:)

Kaitlin - posted on 01/16/2010

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Thank you for all your comments/experiences. I was sent to the antenatal assesment unit and the doctor said since I am so close to delivery and my spd is mild (which is I can still walk without crutches, but still very painful) he gave me a prescription for codeine to deal with the pain until I go into labor naturally. Which he thinks should happen within the next week. He did say they don't induce until 42 wks of pregnancy and don't usually induce for SPD.

I am pretty annoyed that I could of had this diagnosed months ago and had pain relief earlier, but I had never heard of the condition so I couldn't even mention it. My midwife did know about the pain and did give me a pelvic support belt which did absolutely nothing, but never sent me to physio at all.

All I can do now is just wait and hope I don't go over my due date.

Thanks again.

Angie - posted on 01/15/2010

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It's very common and not really a big deal. I had it with my 3rd child and I had an unmedicated vaginal delivery with no complications.

Rosie - posted on 01/15/2010

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i had this and nothing was done for me as well. i got a pelvic support belt but it didn't seem to help much. i couldn't get up at all from a laying down position-if i could get on my side i could get up then, but if i woke up in the night and i was flat on my back there was no way for me to get up. excruciating pain! i had a vaginal birth, and had an epidural so the labor wasn't bad for me at all, and i found my initial recovery after birth to be faster than my other 2 kids with whom i had this condition as well-just not as bad as the third time around. after delivery i was still unable to get up from a laying down position for probably 2-3 months. i still have some discomfort every now and then. i am exercising now for the first time in my life, and i find that it is helping me with my pain.



i was induced at 39 weeks with this one. i simply couldn't take it anymore- i could barely walk, sitting hurt, laying down was hell and i just needed him out of me. see if you can be induced if you are truly in alot of pain-there's no reason to go through it anymore.

Amy - posted on 01/15/2010

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Oh yeah and the other thing which I unfortunately only learned after I gave birth was that if you go over your due date then you can request to be induced quicker than what the professionals recommend due to this condition, really wish I'd have known this as my daughter was a week overdue and they wouldn't have induced me until being 2 weeks overdue, so it's worth knowing. :)

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o yes mine was mild but still very painful.My sister got this very bad on her second pregnancy and had to wear a pelvic support belt.I didn't give birth naturally on my second due to other complications but my pelvis was very weak after it and painful for a while even now i have some discomfort.When the time comes you will make the decisions then based on how much pain you are in.I feel for you it is so painful and i wish you the best.;)

My sister did have a natural birth and just used gas and air.She still has to this day,days were shes painful still.



My epidural didnt work on my first birth either. but i had a fantastic pregancy too first time round.You never no it might this time for you.Speak to your doc.

Kelly - posted on 05/18/2011

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I'm pregnant with SPD. I got diagnosed with SPD a few wks back i find it hard to walk and my physio has given me crutches.... i only have 14 wks left and this is my 4th preg and the 1st time i have had an SPD pregnancy. im hoping for a homebirth (but not sure if its going to happen now) which i had on my 3rd child. i have been told by a number of my friends adn the physio that bands dont work for everyone so at the mo im dealing with t he pain (stupid i know) but ive got my crutches to help...they help for a while but not long.... i hope everything goes ok for you :) xx

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 in pregnancy is common but not normal 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.

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