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LadyHilton Mon 02-Jan-17 08:19:33

Hey all
I am currently 26weeks plus 4 days with my first child and am suffering from PGP. It's all mainly in the front pelvic bone. My back and hips only hurt if I stay laying down.
I was an early show (between 5-8 weeks) and appear much bigger than other women I know around the same due date as me ( due early April 17)
I originally thought my pain was due to lying on either side at night too long and turning over was quite painful. Now I am currently suffering if I am in bed too long, if I sit too long or even stand too long, I feel at my wits end. She is a very active baby and moves quite a lot. I made the mistake of making myself go for a walk after a very big dinner last night to help baby settle and sleep for a bit. Boy did I regret this sad
Not only was I knackered after about 20 mins and was feeling sore and demanded we walk back, but once I sat down on the sofa, after about 10 mins either position I sat in I was in agony.
Right now it's 8am, sitting up in bed after excruciating pain throughout the night and getting up to walk to the toilet. But the more I'm just sitting here is also uncomfortable. I use the pillow between legs which is a short term relief.
Did anyone find physio helped when it's this bad?
I have a full time sit down job which can get unbareable. And cannot be seen getting up too much to move as it means I am not "actively working" I don't want to be forced into early maternity as I'm only taking 5 months off as it is. Sitting or laying in bed does not help.
I am opting for a water birth in hoping this will help.
Am I likely to have a natural birth?

I could have cried this morning due to the pain.

Dmacka75 Mon 02-Jan-17 08:28:32

Hi, I started early on with spd pain too, I'm 4ft 11 and small framed with a large baby who was low down from early on!
This pillow was a lifesaver for me while in bed:
During the day at work I would alternate between a saddle chair and a gym ball, I was lucky to have supportive work environment to be able to do this!
At home I found a garden recliner was more comfortable to sit on than anything else.
For me physiology and support belts didn't help and unfortunately I ended up on crutches for the last month of pregnancy.
Hope yo can get some relief x

Rattusn Mon 02-Jan-17 08:33:27

Spd can be crippling.

Personally I found physio to be of little help.

On the plus side, you will find a vaginal delivery likely easier than most, as your pelvic outlet has widened so much. I had a very quick and easy labour, and so did my friends with spd.

LadyHilton Mon 02-Jan-17 08:43:48

Dmacka75 I currently have one of those pillows but find it's only a short term relief. I did wonder about the ball at work.. but wasn't too sure if I would then start getting back ache..

LadyHilton Mon 02-Jan-17 08:51:47

Rattusn it's reassuring that I may get quite an easy birth smile and with choosing a water birth I'm hoping quite relaxing too.
I don't want to really waste my time with physio if it's not likely to work in severe cases and also want to avoid it taking time from work. I already get the occasional digs of having too much sick time after having long term nausea at the beguinning. ( I know work can't really do anything about me taking time off and my manager is male as well as gay so I think has no clue of the complications we can have) but it's frustrating to be made to feel shitty for the sake of keeping them happy.
Do crutches help if the pain is mainly at the front? My back and hips only hurt if I lay or sit still for too long but severe pain is more front pelvic bone.

Dmacka75 Mon 02-Jan-17 08:54:54

I know unfortunately nothing worked for me for long periods. I couldn't bear to lie in bed at all before I had the pillow.
I could only cope at work by alternating between the different seats.
Sorry forgot to mention the birth, personally I ended up with an emergency section due to baby being in distress and passing meconium, I have a couple friends who have given birth ok with spd x

JC23 Mon 02-Jan-17 08:55:47

I feel for you, it's awful sad
I have an office based job and I found that switching between my desk/chair and a giant exercise ball and a standing desk (taking my laptop with me) was helpful.
Try the rest as much as possible, avoid walking, twisting, standing on one leg (sit down to put on your socks etc. )
Physio didn't help me but they did sell me a support band which helped. I wore it at night and at times when I had to stand/walk.

Dmacka75 Mon 02-Jan-17 08:57:24

I had pain on the front left of the pubic bone initially which progressed to the left hip and lower back as the pregnancy progressed. I couldn't physically put any well get on my left leg by the last month of pregnancy so the crutches definitely helped me x

Dmacka75 Mon 02-Jan-17 08:58:23


JC23 Mon 02-Jan-17 08:58:26

Also, explain to your birth partner and midwife before the birth that you can only open your legs so far. They might need to support your knees for you if you end up on your back pushing.

Daisychain2017 Mon 02-Jan-17 09:01:36

It's so annoying when people post in Aibu when they clearly have other issues - post on the right board!

shrunkenhead Mon 02-Jan-17 09:02:23

I feel for you, SPD is truly hell. Recall that feeling when just nothing helps. Sitting hurts, standing hurts, walking hurts, lying down hurts. I was told the waiting list for physio was 4 months! (Bit daft ad baby would've been well and truly out by then!) I saw an osteopath who specialised but I'm not convinced she helped - I was just so desperate for the pain to stop.
Fortunately dd was born 2 weeks early, v swift labour (3 hrs) and the day after my SPD had gone.

fruityb Mon 02-Jan-17 09:02:34

You have my sympathy I had a lot of pain in the last three months which got progressively worse and I ended up off my feet. I was ok sitting down with my feet up but bed and walking were painful.

Physio didn't help me as there's not a lot they can do. Get checked to see everything is lined up properly as that was a relief. I thought I'd knocked my hips out. They did give me support bandage which helped at times but I was pregnant in summer so couldn't wear it loads! Plus there was at least two weeks before I could get appointments.

Second the gym ball idea when sitting down as you can at least bounce a bit for some relief. Mine went as soon as DS was born. I still get some pain when I've been walking a while but it's nowhere near what I had before. It was like I needed oiling! Some yoga moves can help but they're obviously not easy with a baby bump!

flowers it does get better

Dizzybintess Mon 02-Jan-17 09:03:35

I had sod from 22 weeks and sadly didn't get to see a physio until 38 weeks when they told me they could do nothing I then had a very long labour followed by a section and due to my daughter being stuck my pelvis dislocated so I had to have surgery.
Don't do what I did.... accept everything they tell you. I wish I had been more insistent on the amount of pain I was in and pushy with not leaving me in labour. Remember it's your body and if you are in pain please seek all the support you can.

shrunkenhead Mon 02-Jan-17 09:05:08

Yes, make sure your midwives know about the SPD and put it in your birth plan. Also sit on a carrier bag in the car to help twist your body getting in and out of cars. And go up and down stairs by putting both feet on each step. IYSWIM.

Dizzybintess Mon 02-Jan-17 09:05:15

Sorry spd not sod... Although it has been a sodding pain

LadyHilton Mon 02-Jan-17 09:09:17

[Daisychain2017] chill your knickers love I just searched under the words PGP for similar posts and added mine from there. If my subject heading is not what you are after then... don't read it? Not the end of the world.

JC23 my friend had a support band from about 7months and always thought it looked uncomfortable and looked like it squished everything lol but if it's more comfortable than it looks then maybe that's certainly worth a shot.

Crutches I think would be an issue at work, even though we have lifts etc.. I think it's more the doors and the stupid security buttons to access will be a problem. Who said pregnancy was a glowing experience?! Lol grin

WormitTheDog Mon 02-Jan-17 09:12:13

I found physio to be useless quite honestly. Everything they suggested just hurt like hell. I know some people swear by it though, so maybe just me. First pregnancy they offered me a support belt thing. It actually was actually ok and took some of the pressure off. However they wouldn't give me one second time around and insisted on excercises. We're pregnant again, although sadly looking like a mmc. If it had continued I likely wouldn't of bothered with the referral this time and would seek to be signed off work when things get really bad.

I bought an expensive pillow for the first pregnancy and it was a life saver in bed. However second pregnancy money was a bit tight and instead I rolled up a single duvet. It worked just as well.

Also, I hate to say this but I found my first birth really difficult. Big baby and the spd just wouldn't allow me to find a comfortable position. I think it's just luck of the draw to be honest. Be kind to yourself and if you need pain relief take it. Also make sure someone tells your midwife. I stupidly presumed mine had read my notes. Caught her finally skimming them at about 8cm. -_-

Good luck!

LadyHilton Mon 02-Jan-17 09:13:11

You guys are being really helpful, thank you smile

Did anyone try hypnobirthing or water exercises to help?

I'm not very bendy so I'm not sure if I should try yoga lol

MetalMidget Mon 02-Jan-17 09:13:58

I had spd in the last trimester, it made getting out of the car/getting out of bed/standing up/turning over at night agony. Physio helped enormously with back pain, but not the front - my pelvis is still unstable now, five months after giving birth. Not as painful, but legs feel weak and heavy.

On the plus side, you will find a vaginal delivery likely easier than most, as your pelvic outlet has widened so much. I had a very quick and easy labour, and so did my friends with spd.

Ah, I didn't know that! Mine was less than four hours, a water birth, with one 2nd degree tear which healed pretty quickly. Silver linings, and all that.

MetalMidget Mon 02-Jan-17 09:15:50

Did anyone try hypnobirthing or water exercises to help?

Swimming was brilliant, getting out of the pool was upsetting though!

illegitimateMortificadospawn Mon 02-Jan-17 09:19:36

SPD pain does not always clear up after delivery, although everything you read says it does. 😡 One thing the books do not tell you is that breastfeeding sustains higher levels of relaxin hormone post-delivery. The specialist women's health physio told me this on my second pregnancy (had SPD from c18 weeks with both). She also advised against fast weaning if you decide to stop breastfeeding, as it drops the relaxin hormone levels so quickly it can increase pelvic joint pain significantly. If I had my time over again, I would be a lot more assertive in work about the adjustments I needed and would have attended all the offered physio and hydrotherapy appointments, rather than worrying about management would think. Pregnancy and maternity is a protected characterstic in the Equality Act for a reason!

Tangoandcreditcards Mon 02-Jan-17 09:21:03

I had this in 2 pregnancies.

By 20 weeks with DC2 I was in constant tears and agony. I had 1 chiro appointment in desperation and was then only in discomfort for the remainder. So worth it. Also frozen peas in your pants of an evening. Don't walk anywhere unless you have to.

I also had 2 (almost ridiculously) easy labours (DS2 was home birth due to speed of DS1 and midwife still had her coat on when he popped out). No guarantees but a good side effect!

LadyHilton Mon 02-Jan-17 09:23:00

I do worry if my baby is big. And everyone always assumes she will be big because my bump was big early on. I know it's not necessarily the case.
Growth chart does show my baby will be either 6.5 -9.5 lbs shock I don't know how easy she will be to push out at her biggest with pelvic issues.

Oh dear lol if this little madam causes me anymore grief before she gets here she is grounded loln

illegitimateMortificadospawn Mon 02-Jan-17 09:23:55

Just to balance things out, I had a really shit labour and EMCS first time around and opted for ELCS second time around. SPD does not guarantee an easy labour. hmm

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