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#1 of 8 Old 08-18-2010, 09:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Is anyone else dealing with this (especially the 2nd/3rd time mommas)? How are you coping? I saw a chiro for it yesterday and so far no improvement. I'm going again on Friday and I'm also going to get a prenatal cradle to wear.

I am in so much pain! I can't do anything. All I want to do is to lay on the couch - which isn't good for me or my toddler. I'm really afraid that I'm not going to go into birth as prepared (physcially) this time because of this.

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I developed severe SPD around 24 weeks; 10 chiro appointments later (at first 3x - 2x per week) and I am feeling MUCH better. I tried a belly support belt, but it didn't help nearly as much as regular, aggressive chiro treatment. Now I am going bi-weekly, since it seems we've gotten things under control. I will start to go weekly again when I hit 36/37 weeks.

Also helpful for me while I was waiting for my body to "hold" the chiro adjustments was to float in the pool. Getting the weight of the baby off my pelvis allowed me to relax, and ultimately feel fairly pain-free (in the water).

I hope your situation improves! I know how painful it is, and totally commiserate.

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It usually takes at least a few adjustments to start seeing improvement. Hang in there
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I had SPD so horribly with my first, and it was made SO MUCH WORSE by bedrest (9 weeks side-lying).

I've had touches of it here and there this time, but nothing like last! Again, though, the week I spent on strict bedrest made it much worse.

The chiropractor definitely helped - is yours doing adjustments of the pelvis, specifically? The one I saw last pregnancy never did more than the activator on my pelvis. The one I'm seeing currently does the activator and also adjusts. She showed me how to adjust it myself as well (though it's more effective to have someone else to it!).

I also was taking daily baths when it was bad last time, and stretching my hamstrings and low back while in the bath. Basically, sitting in the warm bath and trying to touch my toes.

Also, when you go to get up from laying or sitting, first squeeze something between your knees. You can squeeze and pillow, or put two fists side-by-side and squeeze them. This will give you a little relief.

As much as it hurts, try to keep moving a little while being careful how you use your legs/feet. Just walk around a little to keep it from locking up. Bedrest really was brutal for it!

Also, I was on strict side-lying bedrest for 9 weeks, baby engaged for 5 weeks and made the SPD worse on the side where his head rested, I ended up with little use of my left leg because of it during labor. I had magnesium, I was bed bound, and I had to deliver flat on my back.

I still delivered 8lb, 7oz DS vaginally.

It'll be ok in that regard!!!

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Thanks for the replies. I went to the chiro 2x this week. I feel slightly better, but not by much. I'm hoping that the next few appointments are better. I'm really worried how this is going to effect me in labor.

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Of all the ouchy things about pregnancy, SPD is by far the worst, IMO. I can deal with labor, but the not being able to move because my crotch is going to fall out is not a happy thing. SO, yeah. I've seen the Chiro which has helped and I take hot baths and stretch. I hope you all feel better, it's so not comfortable, but knowing that it WILL go away has helped me a LOT!

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How many visits with the chiropractor does it usually take before you feel any improvement? Does the pain go away completely with chiropractic care or does it just improve?
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I think that depends on the person, how bad their SPD is and their chiro. I'm still in pain. I see the chiro now once a week and the pain has lessened (although now it is worse that the baby has dropped even lower). For me, I don't think I will be pain free until I have this baby.

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