4 Tips For Dealing With Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
Feel like your pelvis is wrapped in barbed wire? People shrugging at you saying, it happens sometimes in pregnancy? No break from the pain, even if you lie down? Sounds like you might have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD for short.
Some of the symptoms of SPD are stiffness in the pelvic bones, pain or grinding sensation in your pubic area, pain that is made worse by widening your legs e.g. walking, driving, rolling over in bed, breathing. It happens when the body releases too much of the hormone relaxin, the hormone that allows your ligaments to soften to allow your body to carry your baby.
I am on my third pregnancy and went into this one hopeful that the now familiar crunch and grind of SPD wouldn’t affect me. It has of course, why not, but here are some tips, tricks and ideas that I have picked up on my SPD experiences.
1. Tuck your Toes In
If you are getting up from the floor, go one leg at a time but when you are levering yourself up to standing, tuck the toes of your resting leg underneath to give you an extra boost. I had never really thought about how I got off the floor before, but I found this little trick to help hugely. Also, many mental notes to get the kids to pick up their own toys.
2. Ladies, Knees Together
This piece of stellar advice was originally given to me in sixth year as part of general life advice handed out by one of the nuns in school. Ladies, in life, when getting into or out of a car, remember, knees together. I used to think that she was referring to my clubbing phase, but as it turns out, it has a wider and equally practical application.
3. Plastic Bag On The Car Seat
This is slightly less glamourous, but worth a shot when trying to negotiate getting into and out of the car. A folded up plastic bag on the seat allows you to swivel your feet into the car, rather than putting them in one by one and forcing your pelvis to separate.
4. Figure Out Your Limits/Triggers
I can walk, I just can’t walk very far! I can do the stairs, it just gets harder as the day goes on. Getting a diagnosis of SPD at any stage of pregnancy can set you back, there are no painkillers really to take and it genuinely is very painful. But, with a little trial and error, you can figure out what triggers yours and then try to work around it. Hoovering, for example, triggers mine, and now, I just don’t look down. I’d rather be in less pain than agonising over immaculate floors.
If you think you may have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, please consult your doctor. The information on eumom.ie is not a replacement for professional medical advice.