Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes
Italiamom - do you feel the grinding in your pubic bone? Or does it feel like your whole pelvis is a loose bag of bones that are all clicking and grinding and locking?
I sadly get both. The SP pain is constantly there. I can feel it grinding whenever I get up and down, sometimes when I walk, etc. It gets worse getting out of bed (like you mentioned, keeping legs together helps). The grinding of the pubic bone is the most disconcerting for me, because... Ew. It's not a part of you that you expect to feel moving and shifting. *shudder*
I think with SPD the thing is that your body is just making too much relaxin. And if your body is making so much relaxin that your SP joint is shifting (which is normally a very stiff, unmoving joint), then it naturally makes sense that the rest of the pelvis would be completely screwed as well. I absolutely didn't mean to say that SPD doesn't include hip pain... Oh no, it very very much does!! And I certainly wasn't trying to say that you don't have it, I just wanted to throw out there to mamas not to be worried that they're affected by SPD unless they're also experiencing the tell-tale pain of the actual symphysis pubis joint, because pain and shifting in the pelvis is VERY common in pregnancy, and that doesn't necessarily mean that you have SPD if you have a wonky pelvis.
Like what Becky mentioned -- the exercise that helped her, would absolutely KILL me. Squatting with SPD is noooooo good. And hip circles won't necessarily be painful, but with any rotation of the pelvis I can feel my SP grinding. So maybe that would be a better example? If squatting helps your hips to feel better, then it's probably not SPD, but just the normal (very) painful pregnancy hips. But if squatting or pelvic rotations leave your crotch aching, and your hips feeling even more out of whack, then that would be a reasonable indicator of SPD.
If that all makes sense?
I've found cat cow yoga poses to be tremendously pain relieving (if they offered a "Cat/Cow Only Prenatal yoga, then we could go... sigh). They keep that SP joint firmly together, no stresses there, and it seems to help adjust the rest of the pelvis in such a way that it isn't aggravating the SP or really stretching it. If you're not familiar with it, just Google "cat cow stretch" and you'll see pictures. But I think part of the aggravation in the rest of the pelvis also has to do with all those other joints working overtime because a major stabilizing joint in the front is suddenly not doing its job. So that might be something to try... I do them in the morning after I get up and it usually provides some relief.
SPD is a really great reason to not end up on your back in stirrups, and you probably will want to avoid birthing squatting. Hands and knees will be best for you when you labor and especially during pushing.
Edited by Italiamom - 7/1/11 at 9:11am