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Birthing ball advisable with SPD/PGP?

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BouncingBelly Sun 29-Sep-13 21:58:15

I'm 32 wks at the moment and have been suffering with SPD since about 23 weeks. (Still awaiting a physio appointment!)
Should I be using a birthing ball or will this cause more issues? Baby could possibly be breech so the ball has been advised but surely I should be keeping my knees together to reduce any unnecessary movement in my pelvis?

Any advice will be truly appreciated!

Hawkmoth Sun 29-Sep-13 22:06:16

I was advised to use one for core strength, which helps SPD. Obviously no weird stretching your gap and take it easy.

HorryIsUpduffed Sun 29-Sep-13 22:49:56

It helps with mine. Sit with your thighs parallel and knees below the level of your hips. I do figures-of-eight or rock backwards/forwards or side-to-side.

Hope things improve for you. With both previous DC the SPD/PGP disappeared immediately post delivery, so I hope that's true again for both of us in a few weeks!

HorryIsUpduffed Sun 29-Sep-13 22:51:24

And yes, in bed don't keep your knees together. Put a cushion between so your thighs/femurs are parallel. Keeping your knees together is nearly as bad as crossing your legs - agony!

BouncingBelly Sun 29-Sep-13 23:20:53

Thanks for your replies.
I had the SPD late on with my 1st pregnancy which went away after giving birth (thankfully!) but unfortunately it has come back with a vengeance this time round and a lot earlier too :-(
I've been using pillows to support my bump and my knees during the night but still not sleeping great, waking up every time a turn over. I was thinking about using a pregnancy sheet but I couldn't find out enough information or reviews on them to justify investing in one.
I've also been doing some of the exercises my physio gave me last time but I'm not sure they are helping much.

I'll get on the ball tomorrow and hopefully this little one will do some spinning around before my next midwife appointment!

Oh the joys eh!

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