Help, SPD? surely not!

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Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby junglewonderland » 21 Jun 2014, 13:27

I have a painful twinge fairly permanently in my pubic bone, which gets worse in the evening, after exercise and carrying Koala. Please don't tell me it is SPD, I'm only 6 weeks! But if not, what is it? I'm seeing the gp in a few days but any forum wisdom is much appreciated. I was pretty immobile for the last trimester last time, but the pain was more in my back and hips I think. I'm really worried I won't be able to walk for much longer if it has started this early. I actually had twinges for a week or two before I even tested, which made me a bit suspicious.
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby FestiveTidings » 21 Jun 2014, 14:24

Check with the GP JW, but I found that pregnancy symptoms appeared quicker second time around. Almost as if my body could remember what it was doing and getting it out the way!
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby Pics » 21 Jun 2014, 17:24

It kicked in at 5 weeks for me last time. I'll post more when I have a chance, but pm me if you want me to call and talk you through how I kept mobile all the way through.
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby Pics » 21 Jun 2014, 17:24

Or email ......
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby babydsmummy » 21 Jun 2014, 21:25

Just to add it kicked with me at that stage with J, and I panicked about how much worse it was going to get. But it really didn't - didn't improve either but it was just the same throughout most of the pregnancy and I never had any problems staying mobile. So it might not be too bad!
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby junglewonderland » 24 Jun 2014, 09:13

Thanks, that is very reassuring. Pics, I have PM'd you my email address, would love your advice!
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby Pics » 24 Jun 2014, 11:13

the pm hasn;t reached me .....!
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby junglewonderland » 26 Jun 2014, 05:00

I tried again. Sorry, don't know what happened last time!
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Re: Help, SPD? surely not!

Postby Pics » 26 Jun 2014, 13:09

As i have actually managed to send a long e-mail --- I thought i would copy and paste it here in case anyone else is interested or searches the forum for it.

I had SPD 1st time round from about 36 weeks and was offered physio but figured u didn’t have long to go, so didn’t bother.

Second time round it kicked in at 16 weeks, which was a bit of a shock and everyone told how early that was. I was already in routines and tried a bit to do the right things but felt I just couldn’t all the time .I went to group physio sessions at the hospital where they gave me narrow support band and some exercises which I didn’t do much and advice I had pretty much read online. I saw an osteopath a few times but he was pretty ineffective.I needed crutches on and off in the day from about 7 months despite feeling I had followed all advice as far as was reasonably possible.

Third pregnancy it kicked in at 5 weeks, before I had told my DH I was pregnant. I was terrified as it had been pretty awful last time round and it had been one of the things that had put me off another baby (the only real thing actually).

This is how I dealt with it. If you look about online you will see that it can work.

I used my fear of it and turned it into determination. I could not afford to worry about it and let it bring me down – so I decided that I would not be using a wheelchair if I could possibly help it.

SPD is not like some other pain – where if you push it a bit you can rest a few days and it will get better. Yes, if you have a bad day of it and do too much you do need to rest, you will feel a bit better, but you will have pushed your body too far and it will be easier for you to push it too much next time.

• Best advice I got – imagine you are wearing a short skirt and no knickers ALL the time. So legs together for bending, crouching, getting in and out of the car, sitting, going up and down stairs – everything. Do not waver from this.
• You will read about how using stairs is a problem due to the scissor action of your legs. Take heed of this – only go up and down stairs if you really have to. I would bring everything I needed down in the morning and would not go back up til children;s bedtime. Take one step at a time when you do go up and down, and go sideways..
• No hoovering, mopping or apparently ironing (but I don’t iron anyway!). I paid a friend to come in twice a week and just do my floors – nothing else.
• I don’t know what the medical system is like where you are. Here, I had a sympathetic midwife but she could offer very little. I was referred to the physio at the hospital who gave me exercises – including pelvic floor type ones on a pilates ball – and due to my pushing and the fear in my eyes she also gave me acupuncture every few weeks. It did seem to help. The NHS provided it based on research showing that although it would not get rid of symptoms as such, it can allow women suffering from it to keep on going about their daily routine. It was a great excuse for a little snooze every few weeks anyway!
• Find a specialist osteopath – some people swear by chiropractors. I researched and found one who specialised in pregnancy conditions including SPD and by chance she was only a half hour drive away. My first appointment with her was when I was 9weeks pregnant and she said she didn’t want to do too much as no-one does before 12 weeks. She did more in that first session than the osteo from my first pregnancy did all the way through. I had to adjust all the mirrors in my car on the way home. I did not have to go every week – I went about 6 times through the pregnancy and once afterwards to re-align everything. She looked at how I stood, bended and moved and manipulated my muscles to get everything back in place and keep ut there as long as possible. Of course if it is put back in place regularly, it is less likely to get as bad.
• Be very very selfish. Every time you are embarrassed or feel guilty for not helping someone, or for having to ask someone to do something for you, remember why. You need to protect yourself in order to stay upright for the rest of your pregnancy and to ensure you are able to bounce back once you have your new baby.
• If you see things on the floor ---- leave them there. I had a long handled dustpan and brush which was helpful though.
• Having SPD can be painful and draining. You will need mental rest as well as physical control as you will get very tired. Spend time reading books on the sofa, snoozing while your little one watches TV.
• When you are not resting – keep up gentle exercise. I found a reasonably brisk walk without any children just for 10 minutes in the evening made me feel much better- the slow pace with a child hanging off you is not great! Swimming can feel like an amazing relief – especially later in pregnancy. The first time I managed a swim at 5 mths pregnant I almost fell asleep within minutes of entering the pool as the lack of pressure on my joints was a bit of a shock to the system!
• Stay balanced. So no carrying a bag off one shoulder or just bags in one hand. I bought a small rucksack to use instead of a handbag and it really really helped. It was also possible to use on the days when I felt I needed my crutches.
• Take pain relief when you need it – I found it especially useful at night (with all my pillows etc too!)
• Sit down to get dressed – putting on pant, socks and trousers can involve a lot of leg action that can aggravate. It will become habit – I still find myself putting my underwear on as if I still have SPD! And ask for help – small shildren can be great for picking up pants and putting them over your feet! If there is no-one around to help with taking off socks, I found it easier sitting on the loo as my foot could go behind me a bit and reach down for them.

I know there is lots more. But please please please do be positive and look after yourself. I think that for me, knowing I had it so early made me realise that I HAD TO take it seriously and I didn’t not take the risks I did in the second pregnancy – and it really did work. I actually felt a bit better around 5 mths – which can happen anyway with changed in the baby’s position. I was only using crutches occasionally at the end and it went pretty quickly afterwards.

Hope this is helpful rather than scary – I know it is a but full on, but if you really do think it is kicking in now, you have a really good chance to make some lifestyle changes that will keep you mobile!
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