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    Default SPD?? Feels like I've been kicked in the crotch

    I'm 22 weeks, and like in the post title it feels like I've been kicked hard in the crotch. It's dull when I sit down but stings when I get dressed or walk, and sometimes bend down. I realise aches and pains are normal and due to ligaments and the pelvis stretching, preparing for baby etc. but I never had this with my first baby.
    I've been googling my symptoms and worked out that it could be 'SPD; symphysis pubic dysfunction'.. I've read different ways to ease it but just want to know other mum's experiences? Does it or can it get worse? Can it go away? Should I try to see a doctor or midwife? Help lol

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    Oh you poor thing, I also had this with my second! I delivered her a week ago and it was instantly better! Not much helped me, I struggled to walk sometimes and just had to sit down a lot. The only thing that gave me some relief was the SRC pregnancy leggings, I wore then nearly everyday for the last 12 weeks. I avoided stairs and found the pool and spa have some relief too. Best of luck, i hope you can find something that eases it :-)

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    Oh and mine was really bad in the early 20ish weeks and then eased off and came back pretty painful around 32weeks. My midwife suggested the pants and some tubie grip to support my belly more.

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    Ahk yeah mine's started since about 19 weeks, hopefully it goes away even if it's just a break haha it's hurting even when I sit down now
    What's tubie grip?

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    I had bad SPD with my first pregnancy and again now (I am 31 weeks and had it since 18 weeks or so). It is horrible!

    Unfortunately, in my case anyway, it seems to be one of those things that doesn't really get better until Bub arrives. But I find that weekly physio gives me some relief, and the src shorts are good too. One bad days I will put an ice pack/heat pack on my pubic bone for intervals of five minutes. It may be different for others, but I find that if I push myself physically by walking/standing a lot I do pay for it later, so I generally try to take it easy.

    I hope you find some relief!

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    Ugh SPD is the worst! I second the shorts/belt for support (to physically hold your pelvis together and stop it wobbling about).
    I saw a physio a few times but there wasn't much they could do about the actual symphysis joint pain which was where it was worst for me. But it would still be good to see one, even if just for advice on how not to make it even worse! For example, there are some birth positions that you should avoid for risk of injury (when you might not be noticing the joint pain on top of the general pain of birth!). Even if you mention it to your midwife next time they should be able to give some good general advice.
    I also found ice packs between the legs helped, especially after walking or other physical activity.

    About 90% of the pain disappeared after the birth but I still get lingering pain there almost 2 years on. Having a toddler means I actually do get kicked in the crotch fairly regularly (accidentally of course!) and it's pretty painful when it's right on the joint.

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    Oh you poor thing, I also had this with my second! I delivered her a week ago and it was instantly better!
    Completely unrelated, but were you in the June 2014 DIG? Your username looks familiar

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarinaJayne View Post
    Ahk yeah mine's started since about 19 weeks, hopefully it goes away even if it's just a break haha it's hurting even when I sit down now
    What's tubie grip?
    Yep I definitely had the pain sitting down too but it was much better than when I was standing. I had one night where I was walking in my living room and I just froze because the pain was radiating all around my pelvis and hips. I couldn't move and DH walked in and was shocked as I had tears running down my face and I couldn't even move a cm without crying out. I really hope you find something that helps!
    When I got the src pants the pharmacist suggested a support belt to take the pressure off my pelvis and it was good while I walked around but it would dig into my belly and legs when I sat down. So tubie grip is just a soft bandage that does the same thing.

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    Completely unrelated, but were you in the June 2014 DIG? Your username looks familiar [/QUOTE]

    Yes :-) I have a crazy little boy who will be 2 at the end of May. I remember you too :-)

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    I used to wake up crying in the middle of the night because I had turned over in my sleep and it was incredibly painful. I saw physio, she used to tape me up which was great but the tape itched and annoyed me after a few days and there was only a physio at the hospital every couple of weeks.

    I got a belt which was great when I was standing/walking but crap and compressing my belly whenever I say down so I ditched it.

    Like others it was pretty much instantly better once I gave birth. I did read it can take a while for it to get better though.

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    Yep I had it with DD and its started early with this pregnancy (14 weeks).
    The only thing that kept me on my feet last time was chiro visits every 4 weeks, then every 2 weeks, plus ice pack to the groin area. I've started back at the chiro and feeling much improved already.
    As pp's have said it went away straight after the birth but it's horrendous while it lasts!

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