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SPD? 33 weeks pg

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pookamoo Mon 04-Jul-11 20:23:34

I had a painful hip earlier in pregnancy, and my midwife suggested I contact a physio, which I never got round to doing, although I have done so now and have been given an appointment for 21st July.

This is my second baby, and with DD I had an incredibly painful lower back and ended up on coedeine (sp?). This time, my back has not been bad at all, but the hip pain has spread around my pelvis and now the whole of the front, under the bump, is incredibly sore. I wondered whether this might be SPD, and what is likely to be the outcome of the physio appointment in a few weeks' time (if I can make it that far!).

I have trouble standing, sitting, walking, turning over in bed, going upstairs, getting in and out of the car etc. I have been wearing the elastic support I had last time for my back, but I am now at the point where DD (2.6) says to me "do you need some help getting up, Mummy!" (bless her she tries to help pull me up from my chair, which she has seen DH do!)

Also, waiting to the 21st seems ages, and I know it is my fault really for not going in sooner, but I wondered if anyone has any alternative suggestions. Should I see my GP? With a toddler, it's getting a bit awkward.

witches Mon 04-Jul-11 22:06:10

It certainly sounds like it might be. I had to get crutches from the physio and they went through some exercises. The painkillers from the doc were much more effective to be honest. Its a very difficult balancing act as im sure you know from last time, try not to do too much as it will get worse. Good luck x

pookamoo Tue 05-Jul-11 07:51:19

Thanks witches Crutches sounds scary! sad Did you have any older children to wrangle at the same time?

goodnightmoon Tue 05-Jul-11 09:37:00

sounds like SPD to me. Definitely read up on the do's and don'ts, like keeping your knees together when standing up or getting out of the bed/car/etc. Take stairs one at a time or even sideways.

I'd go to the GP and try to get some sort of emergency appointment with a physio or osteopath. Or pay for private - it could well be worth it to have an osteo or chiropractor do some gentle adjustments. I had it in my first pregnancy around the same point where you are, and by the time I got the referral and appointment I'd already given birth. (they still gave me some useful exercises for after)

Now I'm around 16 weeks and had my first bout of it already last week, though it's calmed down now. (saw an osteopath who did some gentle massage on my lower hips and amazingly it really helped)

best wishes, it's an awful feeling. Don't pick up your daughter - that is definitely bad.

wolfhound Tue 05-Jul-11 09:43:17

I had this - I rang the NHS physio and asked if I could see her privately - saw her a few days later. My SPD needs ongoing postnatal treatment and physio has transferred me to her NHS list for this. It was well worth the £40 to get treatment begun quickly.

pookamoo Tue 05-Jul-11 14:15:15

I spoke to a friend last night who is a physio (over the phone) and she said pretty much the same as everyone here. I will call the GP though and get an appointment.

I don't think I can not pick up my daughter though... how does that work with a toddler? Yes it's sore to do it, but sometimes there's no choice! sad Generally she's very good and for example will go up stairs by herself, and I have been putting her in the buggy more than I would usually, as she is happy to walk everywhere, just sometimes you need to carry them, for example in a car park or crossing the road, when they have a "I'm not holding your hand" moment! (and she has one of those backpacks with a sort of leash on it, too).

NorthLondonDoulas Tue 05-Jul-11 14:25:50

I have had SPD twice and it is not nice at all - it certainly sounds like thats what it could be. Physio and massage def helped, along with sleeping with extra pillows between my legs and around my bump. I was also given a support belt to go under my belly to take some of the pressure off the pelvic region (i know you said you are already wearng a support but im not sure if yours is one that strengthens the back or lifts up the bump). Good luck and i hope you find something that can alleviate your discomfort a bit.x

witches Tue 05-Jul-11 20:31:52

No this is my first baby and although i had always planned on a few years gap between this will def be the case now! Obviously people do manage but just the thought of attempting to lift a toddler fills me with dread! I didnt have the belt due to low lying placenta but may have avoided it getting quite so bad if i had. Hope you get it looked at and some relief soon.

sodthehousework Wed 06-Jul-11 09:03:19

Also have a look at the pelvic partnership website sorry don't have exact link. There's lots of information on there. Also the ACPWH (women's health physios) website which is also useful for advice. Physio treatment for SPD can vary a lot! Done can do pelvic mobilisations and energy techniques which are v gentle. Others may only see you once and give out crutches etc and a few exercises. Hopefully you have been referred to a women's health Physio with lots of experience! Hope things improve for you smile

sodthehousework Wed 06-Jul-11 09:04:02

I mean some not done blooming predictive text

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