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Hi Ladies,

Does anyone else suffer from this? I would love to hear how others are coping and from BTDT Mums who can tell me if theirs went away immediately following the pregnancy or not?

With 16 weeks still to go I'm wondering how I'm going to cope!

hi julie
i am 37 weeks and have spd from a very early stage and the only thing i found helped it was hydrotherapy.
good luck and i hope it doesn't get too bad for you.


Jasmin, SA, Kye 23/01/02 and Caleb 23/03/04

i'm not sure what it is, and what is btdt?

can u explain plz?

thanks smile


sahm to 5 midgit circus freaks

I had sp from 26 weeks - I had no idea what it was I thought I was going into labour! I found it helped to sleep with a pillow between my knees. Also saw the hospital physiotherapist who recommended not sitting for long periods. I had to give up work at 29 weeks because my job required me to sit and the pain was incredible.
Talk to your midwife coz sp reduces your options for delivery positions, I was told you can't delier on all fours or squatting (I hadthe epidural and delivered on my back).
The pain disappeared like magic as soon as bubs was born. I saw the physio after she was born and she told me which excrcises to avoid for the first 12 weeks and after that everything is back to normal. Also it doesn't neccesarily mean you'll get it next time as it strikes quite randomly.
The physio also gave me a support stocking to wear under my bump, but I didn't find this helped too much and it was too hot to wear in summer when I was full term .
Hope this (long) helps.
PS. Maya was posterior and I couldn't do any of the excercises recommended for turning her because of sp so be aware just in case

Mum to Maya Grace 02-03, Sienna & Mercedes 10-06

BTDT - been there done that

Mum to Maya Grace 02-03, Sienna & Mercedes 10-06

Denni, here's a fairly straightforward description of what SPD is.

What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
The symphysis pubis is the name given to where two bones meet at the front of the pelvis. The pelvic bone is roughly in the shape of a heart, and is actually formed by three bones, which are held together by very strong ligaments.

The bones meet to form three 'fixed' joints - at the front (the symphysis pubis) and at each side of the bottom of the spine (the sacro-iliac joints).
Normally, these joints are not designed to allow movement. However, when a woman becomes pregnant, a hormone called relaxin is produced which loosens all the pelvic ligaments in order to allow the pelvis slight movement at the time of birth.

For some reason, the ligaments occasionally loosen too much and too early before birth. This means they can't keep the pelvic joints stable so the pelvis moves, especially on weight bearing. All this is made worse by the increased weight of the growing baby and sometimes the symphysis pubis joint actually separates slightly. The result is mild to severe pain, usually in the pubic area, and is called SPD.

What are the symptoms?
The most common is pain and difficulty when walking. Some women describe the feeling of their pelvis coming apart. The pain is made worse when turning in bed or doing something that involves standing on one leg, such as climbing up stairs, getting dressed and getting in and out of a car.

The pain is generally felt in the pubis and/or the sacro-iliac joints, but can also be experienced in the groin, the inner side of the thighs, the hips and in one or both buttocks.


I have this with this pregnancy and I also had it with my first. This time around it is worse though and doesn't help when I am running after a 2.5 yr old.

I find sleeping with a pillow between my legs was the best thing for it but apart from that I just live with it. Somedays it is much worse than others and I don't feel like I can walk but I manage to still get around.

I also find if I stand for long periods of time it is worse as well so I try and not do that too often.

Good luck, it does go away once you give birth and then you forget about the pain until it happens the next time!

Thanks for your advice ladies! Gee it's not easy. It hurts to sit down for too long, hurts to stand up for too long and really hurts when first getting out of bed ... I can't win!

I got myself a body pillow on your recommendations over the weekend and found it to be just bliss thank you thank you! Ice packs are also a godsend. My physio also recommended sitting on a fit-ball? Has anyone tried that?

I had read that the condition made delivery a lot more uncomfortable but since I'm booked in for a caeser anyway it won't be an issue for me.

Thanks in particular for the reassurance that it does go away and I'm sure that I will forget all about the pain once it's all over only to kick myself for not remembering next time I am pregnant! But I'm sure the result will be more than worth it.

All i can say is PHYSIO.........
I was pregnant with my 3rd baby when it started. I was living in a small isolated town and knew something was wrong. my GP told me what it was and then told me that there was nothing they could do apart from one day a week bomb me out on peth to stop me from going insane with the pain. at 32 weeks i was air ambulanced to Nepean hospital in sydney with premmie labour. they stopped the labour and this god sent of a physio answered my prayers. she got me a "preggie belt" (big elastic band to help keep it all in place) tubigrip to keep the rest in place. pillows for lying with and exercises to help. I had a walking frame for getting around the house and a wheelchair for trips outside the home. After william was born i couldnt believe how fast it all went away. maybe a little too fast. as 3 months later i fell pregnant again. Our first phone call wasnt to our parents to share the news but to our physio for help. With their help it wasnt so bad with Jarrod our 4th. We knew what to expect and how to deal. We did move to Newcastle as to be closer to specialists and family though. My husband took 4 months off work to look after me and the kids as i couldnt turn over in the bed by myself. But you do heal so quickly afterwards. They say i will get it again with the next pregnancy but we are armed with knowledge now! We want to have another baby probably 12 months from now and i have already started to prepare. You need to be conscious of how you body is moving as to not upset the joints. Excerise made so much of a difference to the pain levels. Walking in water was a blessing (Even with my husbands green peace/whale jokes) to relieve the weight on your pelvis. (No walking side ways. just backwards and forwards in the pool) The belts and tubigrip made a difference too.
Let me know how you are going.
Hi Michelle,

I can't believe the amount of pain you were in (makes me feel like a right whinger)! You poor thing!

Regarding your advice, I have seen a physio and I had the pelvis support belt and I find that it does help but that I have to take it off whenever I'm sitting down as it cuts into my belly (especially now that i have such an overhang)! I was wondering if you ever slept in the belt and if you found that to be helpful or not? I'm thinking of giving it a try (although it really is nice to be able to take it off at the end of the day and just have a break).

I'm trying to find an aquanatal class in my area too as I thought that the water would probably be the best place to be. Even if I don't find a class I think I'll just head down there and float!

I'll have to speak to my physio about the excercises you mentioned too ... she didn't say anything about them to me and I'll try anything.

Thanks again,


I use to have to take my preggie belt off when i sat down too because it would dig into my caesar scar. but I would wear my tubigrip all the time and it would get annoying because it would roll up and squish me. I would sleep in the tubigrip when it was really bad. But sometimes it is oh so nice to take them off. Sleeping on a lamb skin and in satin nighties helps with the rolling over. If you can find a pool with steps or a ramp would be the easiest. Maybe your hospital might have a hydro pool that might be heated seeing as we are coming into winter. Some physio s say to walk only forward and backwards, i had one say to walk sideways but that seemed to go against everything that i had been told. Only do what feels comfortable. Dont be slack but definately dont make it hurt. If you can keep active, you help yourself. If you look after yourself through the pregnancy you will bounce back alot better. I just kept telling myself that it is only for a short time in the grand scheme of things. My step dad is in a wheel chair premanently. You might need to teach hubby how to dry your legs after you have a shower. Mine became really good at shaving them too...That was so hard to do. I am trying to think of any other little tricks that we came across that made it better. It is amazing how quickly you heal and forget!
P.S. in regard to being a whinger... you are pregnant and you have SPD so you have all the rights to "whinge" as loud and as long as you like....
And if you need to vent then you just come to me....i have a good shoulder and a great ear......
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I think i used up all my pain threshold getting through my i "whinge" about everthing..LOL
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