SPD during pregnancy

Nicola - posted on 02/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




Anyone suffer with SPD during pregnancy? If so how do/did you cope???


Anna - posted on 02/15/2009




Hi Nicola,

I had/have SPD. I had my little girl naturally in a birthing pool at 39weeks on the 22nd December.  I developed SPD in the second half of my pregnancy. I ended up on Tramadol and using crutches along with a pelvic girdle from the physio dept at the hospital.

How far along are you? and what are you currently using to help you? I ended up in hospital for the pain and then confined to downstairs at home having painkillers constantly. While I was pregnant various professionals recommended using paracetamol, ibuprofen, tens machine, heat pads and rest.

Later on I was told that i shouldn't have been using the tens machine at that stage of pregnancy or taking the ibuprofen at all!! But i was desparate and we just do what we're told don't we?


I found it to be a really hard time - you can feel uncomfortable enough just being pregnant without having pain in whatever position you get in. It makes you feel helpless and I got quite miserable in the end and couldn't wait to go into labour  (i was also still having constant morning sickness so was never sure if i'd sicked back my painkillers!) I was also worried that i'd have no energy to cope with labour when it started as i couldn't sleep for any length of time.

In the end, my waters broke a week early and my labour lasted only 11 hours. I managed to give birth using gas and air and one shot of pethidine and for the last hour or so I was in the birthing pool and I found it really helped.

In the 2 weeks after the birth I found such an improvement in my mobility that I felt like Wonder Woman. I could finally stand at the sink to have a wash and I could finally act on my nesting instinct.

3-4 weeks after the birth I was still experiencing some pain for most of the day and was relying on diclofenac and paracetamol to help me be able to feed my baby at night. Then I found a forum site where one woman recommended a book written by a physio who suffered spd in all 3 of her pregnancies. It is called Relieving Pelvic Pain during and after pregnancy by Cecile Rost. She uses a couple of exercises that help to put you 2 sides of your pelvis back where they should be. The first time I did them it felt brilliant, and now I can manage most days without painkillers just doing the basic exercise whenever I feel the pain.


So, I would recommend

-making sure you have been referred to the hospital physios ( physios at GPs generally dont see enough cases to understand the condition fully).

-Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees (I found it eased the pain slightly when I had my knees bent at right angles and drawn up to your bump)

-Get the book!

-If you can get to a swimming baths go and just enjoy the weight being taken off your pelvis. Dont overdo the swimming though - I used to feel so much better in the water that I'd try to swim loads then was much worse.

-If you do swim, don't do the frog legs kick

-Put a carrier bag on the car seat if you need to get in and out, its two slidey sides stop the friction and make a big difference!

-Dont put your knees right the way together when sitting down but keep them a few inches apart - try to keep balanced and stable (I was told to keep them together and be ladylike during the pregnancy but have now realised it probably didnt help all that much - keeping stable is much better)

-Avoid stairs

-Sleep downstairs if possible

-Buy an electric heatpad - much better than having to get up to reheat a hot water bottle or wheat pad.

-do your pelvic floor exercises - a lot

-get someone round to keep you company, you may not feel like company but it will help the time go quicker and distract you too

-Consider a water birth if possible. The water is a natural pain reliever anyway and eases the pressure on your poor pelvis.


Sorry this is so long, but its all still too fresh in my mind!



Anika - posted on 02/23/2009




SPD during pregnancy is horrible, I feel sympathy for you. I had it in the last three months with my youngest. The only problem was it did not get diagnosed until AFTER she was born. I couldn't walk for the last three months of the pregnancy, and I had a 1 year old to look after too.

I found the easiest way to get downstairs was to shuffle down on my bum. There is not much you can really do. The hospital might be able to get you a back-brace which is what a should have had.

Don't overdo things housework-wise. Your partner (if you have one) will have to take up the slack. If its not something you need to do immediately, leave it for a bit. When you are walking, take breaks to sit down as much as you can. While washing the dishes, put a chair to one side so you can sit down when the pain gets too much.

You have to do things very slowly. If you have to carry washing upstairs, take small loads, do it in a few trips if you can, and take breaks often. If you need to sit down halfway up the stairs, don't feel silly, just do it.

Little things like that can help you cope with it.

Anna - posted on 02/22/2009




I don't want to get your hopes up too much about the recovery period. I was told various times by different professionals. A male doctor told me it would immediately disappear, my midwife said it would be gone in about 2 weeks and the physio said it would be more like 6 weeks for the majority of the pain, but would be about 6-9months to get full mobility.  It seems the physios know the best in my case. It definately eased immediately - having the baby alone loses a lot of weight (2 stone for me) and you feel positively spritely in comparison. But I am 9 weeks on and still having to wear my pelvic girdle. BUT I have managed to knock off the painkillers most of the time. The first coupla weeks are pretty hard, getting in and out of bed to the baby in the night but you can then take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or diclofenac. I found that diclofenac made me feel fuggy and my baby seemed more fussy, so i ended up using ibuprofen/paracetamol combo then just ibuprofen til I was just using them as needed. Its now been 3 days without any at all plus I'm doing the stabilising exercises from my physio. Going to be seeing the physio weekly for the foreseeable future, but they seem to know what they are doing. They are getting a wii in the dept and i get to try out the wii fit balance board soon. Its going to be a long road ahead but i feel very positive. A lot of women have posted on various forums and some are wheelchair bound afterwards - it needn't be that way.


Feel free to message me if you want to talk. I found it a very isolating condition.

Take care


Tina - posted on 02/15/2009




Hi Nicola i suffered with really bad SPD during pregnancy with both my pregnancies.

With my first it came on at around 7 1/2 months it was so bad that i would cry in the night as i could not roll or get out of bed with out being in terrible pain. I spoke to my Midwife who said it was just pregnancy aches and that was about it, i would cry to her once id got to full term to induce me as the pain was so bad but they left me to get to 42 weeks. Its turned out i was carrying a big baby 10lb 9oz ( im only 5ft 4 and weighed 9 1/2 stones)


With my second pregnancy i developed SPD at around 5 months but was diagnosed and offered various treatments. I had accupuncture which did not really help and also Physio which helped a little as they gave techniques to make rolling over/sitting and standing a lot less painfull. I was also given a support belt which sat under my bump and went accross my hip just to take some of the weight off, again it helped slightly but i was still in an awful lot of pain i really struggled getting in and out of the bed/bath and chairs and even just walking and would often cry.

I would have to use those electric wheelchair trollers at the super market and an elderly uncle let me borrow his electric wheelchair to take my older son to school as i really could not walk for long. I dont think there is a lot that can be done but a nice warm bath and swimming did feel nice whilst i was in the water. Again my baby weighed 10lb 4oz at 38 weeks as i had a planned c section due to the size.

The good thing is tho is as soon as you have the baby the pain is instantly gone. I hope you have not got too long left and you can find some way to ease it .


Liana - posted on 02/15/2009




I've had it mildly with my last pregnacy and have it quite bad with my current pregnancy I've been reffered to a physiotherapist this time but haven't seen her yet.  I do have some tips to ease things though with SPD during pregnancy.

Lie down as much as you can on your side with a pillow between your knees it takes some pressure off.  Obviously try not to walk about to much. Hoovering and repetative movements aggravate it so it's best to avoid them if you can.

If you type SPD during pregnancy into google there are all sorts of sites that come up where there are exercises that some physio's have put up I don't want to tell you how just in case I get it wrong.

Hope this helps :)

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Candace - posted on 03/30/2013




Im not sure but i think i suffer from spd! It hurts to walk move certain ways an even spread my legs the least bit!! Can anyone tell me how to go about talking to my dr about this!

Nicola - posted on 02/19/2009




Thank you for the response really helped I will consider physio and a water birth as it looks as if it will help :) I have 10 weeks to go.

My GP just tells me they cant do nothing no support what so ever! I was told you can still have pelvic pain up to 6 months after birth but you all seem to be ok straight after which is really good.

Thanks again ladies really helped; I dont feel so alone


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