SPD – Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

SPD – Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

was a new one to me. I’d never heard of it prior to getting pregnant,
but I’ve been unlucky enough to suffer from it for the last four


It’s caused by a
misalignment and/or stiffness in your pelvic joints during pregnancy.
Although it isn’t harmful for your baby, the mother to be can really
suffer. Different women, have different symptoms. Common symptoms are

  • pain
    across the pubic bone at the front in the centre
  • pain
    across one or both sides of your lower back
  • pain
    in the area between your vagina and anus (perineum) – this is the
    one I’m lucky enough to have! It literally feels like I am splitting
    in half up over from my vagina. I can hear the ones in my pelvis
    grinding and clicking which makes me feel physically ill.
that I’d found aggravate it –
  • walking
    – any long distance walking is completely out for me. 
  • going
    upstairs – it’s become a traumatic experience trying to pop upstairs
    to the loo.
  • standing
    on one leg – stepping over the side of the bath into the show is
    excruciating and don’t get me started on trying to put a pair of
    pants on myself!
  • turning
    over in bed.
  • Getting out of bed
    or out of the car.

can you do to make it feel better?

I mentioned it to my
midwife and she has referred me for Physio. It was also suggested
that I use a pelvic support belt, and don’t stand on one leg for
anything. I have also read up online and found suggestions advising
against hoovering and pushing a shopping trolley – the perfect excuse
to get your partner to run round after you.

My SPD is getting worse
on a daily basis, and I have now been signed off work, given Codeine
and told to have bed rest, otherwise I will need to be admitted to
hospital. That on top of the fact I already have a back condition is
pretty rubbish, I could quite happily just curl up and sleep for a
month – if I wasn’t in so much pain!

Luckily most people
including the midwife and doctor have said that SPD often disappears
once baby is born. Just another 14 weeks to go then!!


1 Comment

  1. 21st November 2013 / 8:20 pm

    OMG don't I know about this. I had it with both of my children and OOOOOOWWWWEEE!!! It really does hurt and when it doesn't hurt it's just super uncomfortable 🙁

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