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With my last pregnancy, I had REALLY really bad SPD. I didn't even know what it was, only that I thought I was going to die every time I moved for the last 3 months. Since then (after getting the internet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), I know that it was SPD. Does anyone know if you have that once if you are likely to have it again? And if so, what can I do to help ease the pain? TIA.
 

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Oh yea, SPD is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. Here is a link. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphysis_pubis_dysfunction" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphys...is_dysfunction</a>
 

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Chiropractic treatments and yoga and walking help keep things aligned for me. Now if I could just find more time to yoga.... hmm maybe I should get off the computer now and go do it!<br><br>
GL!
 

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I have SPD although it's not as severe as it can get...chiropractic care can really help. Also, keep moving. Walking is great. I walk 2 miles with my dogs every evening.
 

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I think you can definitely mitigate it. Mine was the worst with my 4th child, when I chased his older brother for about 80 feet at a dead run and grabbed him about three steps from a four lane street. I was about 7 months along and it went from a noticeable inconvenience to an inability to walk for days and hideous pain for the rest of the pregnancy.<br><br>
A nice side effect though: during the delivery, the baby's shoulders stuck. I like to think the extra room from my pubic bone basically being split in two gave him some more wiggle room to get out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
In my next pregnancy I was more careful to 'baby' my poor beat up pubic bone, and it was much better. I'm feeling pain this time already, so I'm working on mindful movement again.<br><br>
But yeah, in my case, it's been SPD from the second child on.
 

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Had it with 2nd child on also. I've been taking it a lot easier this time around (having a car helps lol) and it showed up later than last time. Some tips:<br>
*The homeopathic Bryonia helps (dose I saw was 1M, but I only found 30C locally).<br>
*My chiropractor gave me an exercise to do also. Hope I describe this so it makes sense - You lie on your back on bed/floor with your knees bent and feet close to your body, then use a scarf/belt to tie your thighs together near the knees, then push outward with your legs against the scarf/belt for a few seconds. Rest, repeat a few times, repeat as needed during the day. Or if you have someone to help, lie in the position and just have them hold your knees together while you push against them.<br>
*In labor, try not to spread your legs too wide or let anyone hold them back during pushing. I did not feel it at the time, but after the birth I could tell damage was done. It took weeks longer to heal than at the subsequent birth where I was careful not to part my legs super wide. I actually plan on using gravity by walking for active labor still, but pushing in a sidelying position this time first to prevent tears but I'm thinking it may help the SPD as well. Got the idea from these <a href="http://falcao.best.vwh.net/archives/dlvrypos.html#Side" target="_blank">archives about birth positions and birthing with knees together.</a><br><br>
Heard of support belts being a relief also. Hope you can find what works for you.
 
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Mine was really bad with my second (due, I'm sure, to the forceps used with my first birth), and I had chiropractic treatment regularly which kept me functioning. When I got up in the some mornings I could hardly walk. I'd just limp around all day.<br><br>
With my third, it was hardly a problem at all. I probably saw the chiro only 5-6 times during my pregnancy, and not always for that reason. I don't know what was different. Maybe I just had more time to heal.
 

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Nope! I had it with my last and it was so debilitating. I had regular chiro care and that helped but not enough. I haven't had it much at all this pregnancy. I am 37 weeks and still feel pretty good pelvis wise. I thought for sure I would get it again but I didn't. Hooray! I did have several CST treatments before and while pregnant this time and I do think that helped my overall physical health. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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I had it with my first (pretty bad starting with last trimester, got increasingly worse) and it lasted for awhile after the birth. Have it this time, too - #2 - already it was bothering me at 7 or 8 weeks. I'm 12 weeks now. Just trying to manage/mitigate.<br><br>
I have scoliosis and my hips are slightly misaligned. I'm sure that contributes to it.
 

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Here's a weird thought; I had it with ds1 and ds2, not with ds 3 or yet, if ever, this pg. I had a lot of ultrasounds with ds1, several really long ones with ds2, none with ds3 or this pg.<br><br>
My brother injured his neck playing tennis and when he went for physiotherapy, the therapist used ultrasound on his neck to 'break up the tissues that were binding.' My brother asked, 'if ultrasound does that, how can it be safe for pregnant women and their not-yet-fully-developed-unborn children?' The therapist said that while the ultrasound he's using is the same, it's much stronger than the u/s used for pg, but my brother asked how it's possible to know for sure how much is too much? Later, he called me.<br><br>
We talked about the possibility that the reason I am incapacitated after every u/s I've had for about four days following might have to do with this aspect of u/s- also the interesting coincidence that with the first 2 pgs, I had a lot of trouble even walking and I was in excruciating pain if I had to turn or walk up stairs or really do anything involving moving my pelvis- so I spent a lot of time on the couch.<br><br>
Could ultrasounds be 'breaking up the tissues that [are] binding' women's pelvic bones together?<br><br>
Just a thought. I'll never have one again, willingly.
 

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I had it badly with pregnacy #2 and #3, but almost not at all with #4. My friend who is a DO adjusted me several times after #3, and taught me a similar exercise to the one a PP mentioned. I would sit in a chair with a straight back, with knees bent at 90 degrees and about shoulder width apart. I would put something between my knees about shoulder width in distance (a roll of toilet paper long-wise worked well for me) I would squeeze in against the toilet paper roll and hold it for a slow count of 10, and then relax, repeating for a set of ten. Then I would have my dh hold the outside of my knees and press out against him for a slow count of ten, then relax, repeating for a set of 10. He taught me these exercises after my #3 was born while I was still having a lot of symptoms, and the pain went away fairly quickly. When I was pregnant with #4, I did these regularly, and especially if I noticed any twinge of pain starting, and I was comfortable the whole pregnancy, despite baby being over a pound bigger than any of her siblings!
 

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Forceps were used with my first as well....
 

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I had it with my second, who was a military presentation with both shoulders together. (unless you read my birth notes, in which case he had SD.) I'm sure the reason he came early, and the reason I had SPD was because my body had a feeling that it was going to need to work harder to get him out.<br><br>
With DD and this one, OTOH, my SPD hasn't recurred but my sacral joints are falling out of place continually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Just can't win.
 

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Thank you, ladies, for the great information and all the tips! You've given me a renewed sense of hope (that my crotch won't fall off<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ). I have been seeing my chiro, but only once a month lately. I will start going more frequently and see what he recommends for SPD. (He is a father of 3, all born at home!)<br>
Thank you soooo much!!
 
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