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Constipation and achiness 7 months post-baby

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Honeymoonmummy Sun 14-Jun-09 22:14:10

I had my DD (1st baby) 7 months ago. During the pregnancy I had SPD but it seemed to go away after the birth. It was a difficult labour and I ended up having a forceps delivery and a postpartum haemorrhage and needed a transfusion and was anaemic for a while.

About 3 months after the birth I started aching, particularly in my knees, but also in my back and sometimes my shoulders, and I get occasional twinges in my wrists, feet and hands.

I saw a doctor some months ago who tested for rheumatoid probs but nothing, she said it was probably pregnancy hormones and would go away within 6 months of the birth- over 7 months in and no real change. I am still breastfeeding, I don't know if that's keeping the relaxin or whatever is causing this in my body?

I've also been constipated since about a month into the pregnancy and that's never really gone away.

I have made an appt to see another doctor on Tuesday but has anyone had the same thing and found a solution, or recommend perhaps a specialist I should ask to see?

I've tried an osteopath and acupuncturist in an attempt to get better and the doctor referred me to physio but none of it has really helped. I can't carry heavy bags of shopping for fear of putting my back out and I'm going up and down the stairs one step at a time in the morning and I'm bloody sick of it!!! sad

I just want to enjoy my maternity leave and get fit again and I can't do that in my current condition, I can only walk and swim at the moment and I even ache after walking and I don't get the chance to swim because of the baby.

I did find this thread in the archives but it doesn't seem to have an answer as to how to cure it, if any?

Apologies for the rant but I'm sick of it!! Please help!

Honeymoonmummy Mon 15-Jun-09 21:23:36


Marthasmama Mon 15-Jun-09 21:39:29

Bumpy bump

Marthasmama Mon 15-Jun-09 22:19:22


Honeymoonmummy Mon 15-Jun-09 23:13:09

Cheers MM! Bump!

Marthasmama Tue 16-Jun-09 17:50:40

I guess you've been to see the dr by now Hmm!

Honeymoonmummy Tue 16-Jun-09 22:16:21

Yes, am going to try anti-depressants again. Bump!!

CantSleepWontSleep Tue 16-Jun-09 22:53:40

I think that some of the hormones would still be in you due to the bf hmm. I had spd with dd and still suffered until she was well over a year old. I found that sleeping with a long pillow between my legs helped, as it kept my pelvis more in line. Do you do that, and are you careful with your posture?

Does your chiropractor specialise in pregnant women? If not, can you find one who does?

What about seeing an osteopath too?

CantSleepWontSleep Tue 16-Jun-09 22:55:22

sorry, switch chiropractor and osteopath round in my last post!

Honeymoonmummy Wed 17-Jun-09 22:30:16

I don't know the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath!

It's just weird that the SPD got better for a few months. Plus it's in different places. I have got a long pillow which I used when I was pregnant so I'll start using that again, thanks.

CantSleepWontSleep Wed 17-Jun-09 22:34:05

Chiropractor deals with bones. Osteopath deals with muscles/soft tissue sort of stuff. (Only know this because good friend is chiro specialising in pregnant women and children).
If you have a bone or two misaligned then a good chiro could find it and zap it back into place for you.

Honeymoonmummy Fri 19-Jun-09 22:32:30

Thanks CSWS. Anyone else?

Honeymoonmummy Sat 20-Jun-09 17:44:15


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