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Ladies with SPD, how are you coping and how much do you get done?

(17 Posts)
HughLauriesStubble Thu 03-Nov-16 12:03:24

I've a pre-existing pelvic injury and have had spd towards the end of both previous pregnancies but it's hit me early this time (I'm 20 weeks and it's been at me the last fortnight or so). I'm due to start physio next week where they'll fit me for a belt.but for the moment I'm making do with ice packs, pillows, stretching and kegels.

I'm getting the bare minimum done around the house. Dh is good but works long hours. Mess really stresses me out so leaving it isn't an option for me. We've been looking for a cleaner but haven't found one one yet.

I work freelance from home but haven't been able to do much since the spd kicked in so stressing a bit about that, although my maternity benefit will hopefully be kicking in within the next 8 weeks so that will help massively.

I try to get out for a walk every day as I find if I don't, I seize up altogether (and get cabin fever!). Have to load 2 toddlers into a double buggy to do it though so it's getting tougher.

How is everyone else coping/managing? Any tips or advice would be greatly welcomed grin

CarrotVan Thu 03-Nov-16 13:25:04

I'm on crutches and have a brace. I have a very large and active 3yo and a husband who works away a lot so I have every sympathy.

I'm 28 weeks and have been seeing the physio since 20 weeks. There's nothing else they can do so it's just maintenance to stop it getting worse.

I'm working fulltime but work have been great so I have parking allocated very close to the office and can work 2-3 days at home each week.

We have a cleaner, do online shopping etc. My MIL came to stay and filled the freezer as I can't stand for very long to cook much.

I rest as much as I can and do as little as possible.

SpotTheDuck Thu 03-Nov-16 13:30:03

Hah, coping badly and getting nothing much done!

SPD never really went away after the last pregnancy and is getting worse as I get bigger this time.

Online shops, quick meals, cleaner, accepting that toddler is going to watch a bit more tv than normal all help.

HughLauriesStubble Thu 03-Nov-16 14:39:09

It's a curse isn't it? I think we're definitely going to have to step up the search for a cleaner. We don't have online shopping where I live but thankfully dh is good at doing it. He's absolutely terrible at cooking though so that's down to me. I think I might be getting more use out of my slow cooker and actifry this winter.

Carrot that's great that your work are accommodating. Do you think you will be able to work up until your due date?

Spot yes our tv is on the go constantly these days! I feel a bit bad about it but I do try and get the kids out for a little walk every day to counterbalance it. No idea how much longer I'll be able to keep that up though.

My original back injury is quite similar to SPD but less intense and I had a course of specialist physio with cognitive behavioural skills last year to help cope with the pain which I found good. But this lack of mobility is the real killer for me.

Does anyone use an exercise ball? Dh is picking me up one this evening and I'm hoping that I might at least be able to sit comfortably on it.

McBaby Thu 03-Nov-16 14:48:53

I saw a cranial osteopath in second pregnancy it was amazing I saw her monthly and could walk and look after a toddler. I my first pregnancy I was signed of for. Work from 26 weeks couldn't do anything, Physio and belts weee useless for me. If you happen to be in north London I can reccomend someone.

HughLauriesStubble Thu 03-Nov-16 14:53:42

Thanks mcbaby but I'm not in London unfortunately. I have been considering going to an osteopath though, I might wait until I've had my first physio and decide then smile What exactly does cranial osteopathy involve?

SpotTheDuck Thu 03-Nov-16 14:55:35

Yes I sit on an exercise ball for everything now - eating meals, sitting at table to chop up veg, sitting at computer as I do some work from home - it definitely helps! Toddler keeps trying to roll it around though

McBaby Thu 03-Nov-16 14:57:09

It's v v gentle osteopath manipulation. She also strapped me up with the tape that footballers etc use to lift my bump a few millimetres to relieve the pressure on my bump.

SpotTheDuck Thu 03-Nov-16 14:57:11

And I've found an osteopath more helpful than a physio - they're more trained to help adjust the position of the pelvis bones. Physios can help you with exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting those bones but if the bones are in the wrong place that doesn't really help!

Look for an osteopath that specialises in SPD though, it's a tricky area.

Bella1985 Fri 04-Nov-16 07:31:32

I have mild SPD (hoping it doesn't get any worse) and find that keeping active helps the most. Days sat at the desk for long periods aren't great, getting up is particularly painful, so I try and go for a walk down the corridor every half hour. Putting a thick blanket beneath me in bed has helped a little at night but not much.

I was wondering if you've ventured in to the swimming pool? MW suggested this but I'm petrified of how bad it will feel getting out of the pool and back to gravity!

McBaby Fri 04-Nov-16 07:51:20

I found it didn't hurt when I was in the pool but really suffered latrt in th same day so I have it up pretty quickly!

HughLauriesStubble Fri 04-Nov-16 10:22:25

I find the pool usually makes my back worse the next day too for some reason. And all the faff of trying to get undressed and dressed again too, I'd be afraid that I'd have to ask a passing stranger to help put my pants or socks on blush blush

I do find that keeping as active as I can and moving around helps a bit, even though all the advice seems to say take it easy. Can't get comfy sitting anyway so I might as well be up and about.

I got my birthing ball last night so going to try that today to see if it helps smile

Bella1985 Fri 04-Nov-16 17:22:55

Oh heck I hadn't even considered the getting dressed bit! DH is on sock and shoe duty at home, don't think I can drag him to the pool just to do that grin

Mozfan1 Fri 04-Nov-16 17:34:59

I'm 32 weeks and struggling

Dh has to help me get out of bed and dressed

I have 10 month old ds and I struggle to lift and play with him

It's really starting to get me down sad

sycamore54321 Sun 06-Nov-16 12:11:09

After barely even feeling pregnant with my son, to the extent of forgetting I had a huge bump and would get stuck in narrow doorways, I have had the opposite experience on this pregnancy and had SPD symptoms since about 25 weeks. Luckily I've had physio regularly since 28 weeks and wear a support belt to stabilise my hips. I've also cut right back on physical activity, including walking, which is driving me crazy and makes me paranoid that I might risk DVT reoccurrence but the pain is too great otherwise. I am also scared of doing permanent damage, I have close relatives who developed SPD in pregnancy and who are still in pain or restricted in movement two years afterwards. Running around after my very active toddler is tough and I plan my days at work to ensure as many of my engagements take place km the same building as possible and avoid going back-and-forth between the various sites I work at.

I also have a moderate degree of DR. I'd like to hear your plans for the birth and what your doctors' views are of delivery with SPD or DR. I am leaning towards a maternal request C-section (I'd been considering it for other factors anyway) but my doctor is advising a wait-and-see approach for now with no final decision until closer to die date.

HughLauriesStubble Sun 06-Nov-16 12:36:04

I'm here on the birthing ball as I type grin

I'm seriously hoping mine will ease up a bit and not effect my birth plans. I don't want a section and due to my existing injury, I'm not supposed to have an epidural unless medically necessary. Had to have one for blood pressure reasons with dc1 and I was in absolute agony with my back for a few months afterwards.

I did hypnobirthing last time around and found it fantastic. I actually had a very good labour and no issues afterwards (walked back to ward from the delivery suite) but the spd I had then was nothing like what I'm experiencing now.

What's DR sycamore?

sycamore54321 Sun 06-Nov-16 13:47:19

Ha, I used the abbreviation because I wasn't sure of the spelling - diastasis recti. Essentially excessive separation of the abdominal muscles. I figure one of the big downsides of c-section is the impact on the abdominal and core area. So if mine is messed up anyway, there is a certain attraction to keeping all birth-related damage in that area and not running the risk of perineal injury as well. One of a number of factors I am considering. I want to have a good indepth chat with both my ob and physio about the effects of both the SPD and DR on ability to push, after effects etc.

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