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    Default SPD (Symphesis Pubis Dysfunction) and physio

    Hi girls!

    Am heading to the mater in an hour for my first SPD physio appointment and am wondering if the physio will actually try and manipulate my pelvis etc of if she will just give me exercises?

    I have been doing some exercises I'm managed to look up on the net but nothing has helped so far and I've had SPD since around week 18 (am now 25 weeks)

    My SPD plays up mostly when going from lying down to sitting - cant begin to describe the agony! And if I walk for more than 30 minutes or so it feels like the baby is about to be born, the pressure is so unbelievable intense down there.

    A few days ago my hip also started clicking whenever I walk and I can no longer bend down, lean over or sit on the ground. Bending is painful all round and makes it a little frustrating when I'm at home all day on my own!

    We also haven't dtd for weeks now as it causes the utmost pain and leaves me unable to walk properly for days afterwards.

    Anyone else going through this with me??

    My midwife said we will have to write a birth plan together soon to try and avoid certain birthing positions.. Also, am a little worried/stressed as my first child was born premature at 33 weeks and I don't know if it's possible by I'm worried having SPD this bad may mean my cervix may start to open if the bones are already separating?

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    Not sure about the premmie aspect, but they will show you how to move and fit you with a support belt.

    I had crutches to get to the bathroom.

    My best remedy for the pain is floating in a pool.

    It's absolute agony, you have my sympathy.

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    Yea DH has been taking me and the kids to local pools on weekends and I find that it's soothing to do some light swimming (not breast stroke of course).. plus it's the only exercise i CAN do without 'down there' feeling like someone has kicked me 100 times over again!

    I've read that it's caused usually by the body having too much of the hormone relaxin in your system.. but I never had this problem when pregnant with DD and all the info online says SPD is what women experience when the bones seperate (some women have excruciating pain and some women don't..) How come I have it this time round.. Does it just come down to my body having changed since DD's birth maybe?

    My midwife said physio should supply me with a belt at today's visit and hopefully it will offer some relief. Am looking forward to relief - I'm at the stage where (this sounds horrible) but knowing that baby has passed the safe mark in this pregnancy, I'm actually getting to the point where I wouldn't mind if he was born now just to stop having to deal with SPD!
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    I didn't have it with my first either.

    It's more common with subsequent pregnancies apparently.

    Maybe our bodies think they are clever and are like 'oh, I know how this works, I've done this before' and gets ahead of itself.

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    Maybe!!

    Have you gained more weight this time around do you think?

    With DD I only gained 20kg for her pregnancy all up (though she was born 33 weeks - weighing 5 pound)

    With this one, I'm only 25 weeks and have already gained 17kg.. maybe it has something to do with my gaining so much weight so fast?

    Midwife is happy with my weight gain as she said I was underweight before so I'm just catching up to where I need to be.. but maybe the extra pressure is affecting my pelvis moreso

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    I lost weight while pregnant with DS.

    DD (my second) I gained heaps. I was bed ridden and hungry, plus had less morning sickness.

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    Personally I wouldn't bother with Physio and would go to a Chiro. I was practically paralyzed with pain from SPD and I saw a chiro who worked magic on me, so much so I ran out his office to the car after my first appointment, and it just got better and better the more I saw him.
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    Hi trooping- Just wanted to let you know there's an 'aquamums' class at the Wesley Hydrotherapy pools at Sinnamon Park (near Mt Ommaney). It's run by physiotherapists and they specialise in relieving pelvic pain. I have no idea about times, cost, etc... there's limited info on the internet about it. I'm thinking of going myself.

    I'm not sure if weight gain has anything to do with it, but dehydration definately does. My middie told me to make sure I drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day and it sure helps me! If I don't drink the water I notice the difference.

    Drop back in here and let us know how you went. I'll be thinking of you. Sounds like you're in much worse pain than me so I sympathise deeply.

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    And the way my chiro explained SPD was that the pelvis separates unevenly, so it catches and doesn't move as it should, causing pain and discomfort.

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    Im suffering from it too Im 22 weeks, and the last 3 days have been excruciating! Im barely moving.

    My physio usually works on the muscles inside my hips, as Im getting bigger though, its harder and uncomfortable fro me.
    Ive got the belt which until the last week or so has been great, and the crutches which are getting a good workout now.

    As a PP said..swimming is how I get the most relief, Im not able to sit or lay comfortably anymore.

    I find it hard because Im hating it so much, yet this bub was so wanted and we had to go through 2 years of hell to get her..


 

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