Spd advice

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Spd advice

Postby Kitcameron » 31 Jan 2014, 13:23

Hi everyone,

Just wondered what people had been recommended for spd? I had it with G but it wasn't picked up til I was 36 weeks and I was just told to wear a support band then. (I thought the consultant had done something when he did an internal examination at 26 weeks as that's when the pain started)

I have the band still and have been wearing it so maybe my spd isn't as bad as it could be but I'm still finding it quite painful, especially having a toddler to chase around and carry (occasionally) and so wondered what else I could try to try and keep it from getting too bad. Mine isn't as bad as it was yet and I don't want it to get that bad. Also I've been told it's likely to be worse this time cos all my ligaments etc are all sloppy from first time round anyway, not by a medical practitioner you may have guessed lol. A friend of mine was on crutches with it and I have no idea how I'd cope with G if I had to use crutches to get around.
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Re: Spd advice

Postby pimento » 31 Jan 2014, 13:33

My top tips (and I'm not sure you know any of these, so bear with me if you know all this already):

Never spread your legs apart more than you have to - as in getting out of the car (keep your knees together and move both legs out in a single unit), or rolling over in bed

Sit on a bouncy birthing ball when you can. This strengthens your core and keeps you from sitting in a poor position on the couch

The best thing I could do for my spd was lie with my chest on the birthing ball, kneeling behind it and rocking side-to-side. This was great while watching tv and good for fetal positioning too.

Osteopath or other maternity-specialising person who can keep you aligned and limber

And here's some hugs ((())) spd is awful
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Re: Spd advice

Postby Gizmo » 31 Jan 2014, 13:54

Sleeping with a folded up double duvet under you and multiple pillows supporting every bit of you. I found cheap wilkos ones the best as they were thin and easy to get under hips.

Use a dressing gown cord hooked under your knees to keep them together getting up and down.

A bean bag or lots of cushions on the floor to support the bump then lean forward on your elbows with your bum in the air, I could only do it for a few minutes but the relief as the pressure was off my hips was amazing.

Once you have had the baby go and see a good osteopath to realign the hips.
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Re: Spd advice

Postby Toasty Crumpet » 31 Jan 2014, 14:17

WTS. Also, really try not to overdo it. Avoid carrying toddlers whenever possible. Driving long distances was also bad for me. Really concentrate on keeping hips aligned at all times.
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Re: Spd advice

Postby sully » 31 Jan 2014, 23:51

Also, do as little walking as possible.
Can you swim as an alternative form of exercise? You shouldn't do breast stroke but I swam during my second pregnancy with it and found it an invaluable help.
Find a good practitioner qualified to treat the condition. For me personally, I had seen osteos and physios that didn't help, then found a chiropractor who was my miracle-worker and kept me mobile without support through a 2nd pregnancy where spd started earlier at 8 weeks. I recommend hunting until you find the right one.
Call the pelvic partnership 01235 820921 who can send you an information booklet and have a list of recommended practitioners too. http://www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk

Best of luck x
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Re: Spd advice

Postby FestiveTidings » 01 Feb 2014, 06:22

What everyone else said!

Also I found going downstairs sideways a help (think Nix told me that one) but definitely the duvet nest in bed and the dressing gown cord.

It is such a difficult thing to deal with, what works one day sometimes doesn't work the next (I think it depends on position of baby, when he's lying low, it's worse). Just try different things and see what works for you. The birthing ball did nowt for me to start but since hitting 30 weeks it's giving a lot of relief.
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Re: Spd advice

Postby Kitcameron » 01 Feb 2014, 11:20

Thanks everyone, lots of ideas to try.
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