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Feeling bruised between legs and vagina! I this normal?! 😑

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bippitybopityboo Sun 15-May-16 12:08:11

31+3 and I feel like someone's kicked me between the legs!! It feels bruised it's awful when I move. Please tell me this is normal and that it's not gonna last long 😑😕

Littlefish Sun 15-May-16 12:23:39

Sounds like you may have SPD which is caused (I think) by a softening of the ligaments in that area. YOu need to talk to your midwife about it as it can be either mild, or quite debilitating. IN the mean time, some things I was told to do/not do.

Don't sit cross legged on the floor.
Go upstairs sideways with both feet meeting on each step.
Put a carrier bag on your car seat. WHen getting into the car, put your bottom in first, and then swivel in with your legs together as much as you can.
Put a pillow between your knees in bed to support your upper leg.

Good luck.

bippitybopityboo Sun 15-May-16 12:28:22

Thankyou!! Honestly all of those things have been such a pain since feeling like this. I will call the midwife tomorrow.

suspiciousofgoldfish Sun 15-May-16 13:37:49

Yep. The 'vag kicking' is a wonderful symptom of pregnancy isn't it.

I hope it's just baby pressure and doesn't turn into SPD OP, because thats a bit of a bother.

Yes to the pillows - get loads of pillows and put them everywhere!
There are some yoga moves you can do where you lie on your side and raise your legs one at a time (search YouTube, bound to be vids there).
If it does turn into SPD a good osteo or chiropractor may be able to help.

Sorry to say that none of the above worked for me sad but did with friends so don't worry too much.

I took some codeine (doc said fine) when mine was excruciating and that was a relief.

Hopefully it's just normal achy fanny though!

GooodMythicalMorning Sun 15-May-16 13:43:55

I had painful varicose veins ahem..down there. Got better after birth but just had to rest lots.

bippitybopityboo Sun 15-May-16 14:37:15

I'm guessing this isn't something that eases off through pregnancy! This next 9 + weeks are going to go really slow!

Thanks for the advice though ladies!

hellogoodbyeendo Sun 15-May-16 14:44:55

As Littlefish said, it sounds like a good description of SPD. I'd say it's worth trying to get referred to physio by midwife even towards the end of pregnancy as they can help advise on positions to use / avoid during labour. All the best to you.

FuzzyOwl Sun 15-May-16 14:50:10

It could also be aggravated by the increased blood flow to that area.

Pagetta Sun 15-May-16 21:32:38

I had this was a form of SPD. Midwife can refer you for physio. As much as possible rest up and keep legs together! No running, careful in and out of cars and bed, sideways on stairs etc - v painful but physio can help. They can also give you support bands etc to help.
All the best hun xx

OhIfIMust Sun 15-May-16 21:37:48

Does it get worse when you stand on one foot? If so its probably pelvic girdle pain - which is as PPs say, a form of SPD. Make sure when you roll over in bed you keep your ankles together - that helps a lot x

StinkyMcgrinky Sun 15-May-16 22:38:07

30+4 here and have felt like someone has taken a sledge hammer to my pubic bone since about 22 weeks. I tried to push through but my midwife diagnosed SPD and referred me to physio a few weeks ago. I have bought a maternity support band from Amazon which does help when I'm on my feet all day at work (nothing fancy, cost about £6) and the MW mentioned sitting on my birthing ball can help relieve the pressure.

Hope you manage to get some relief soon OP!

dats Mon 16-May-16 01:02:54

Your midwife can refer you for some physio but you may find its not soon enough/a group session/not helpful as it varies so much between NHS areas. If you can afford to, get thee to a chiro or osteopath that is familiar with treating SPD/PGP. They can do some gentle manipulation to realign the pelvis and will give you exercises which can help. I've had it with both pregnancies and seen both of the above and they definitely got me through these final weeks (currently 31w). Good luck!


Harveyrabbit76 Mon 16-May-16 14:06:38

Hope you don't mind me also joining but I have had SPD for weeks now and it gets excrutiating when having sat at my desk all day. Ditto all the above but I also bought a pregnancy pillow (like a long stuffed snake thing) and it has really helped with sleeping and reduced the pain in the day. Try not to walk with long strides and keep your knees together when you can. I actually put some iced peas on the area when it got really bad. I have also just reduced my work hours after see Occ health which may help you? Hope it gets better!

MrBensMrs Sun 29-May-16 17:47:13


21w 2 days and just today I have felt like I have been kicked and bruised sorely in my vaj ;( I actually googled that as a symptom and this thread came up!
Currently on holiday and not back in the uk til Tuesday evening ;(

Fine when I sit down but walking nearly brings me to tears - could this be general stretching and baby gets bigger or is it usually always SPD? I don't think I could cope with 18 plus weeks of this shocksad

YouAndMeAreGoingToFallOut Sun 29-May-16 18:31:08

I had this at about the 20-23 mark, but it went away! Now I'm 36 weeks it's back though sad

bippitybopityboo Mon 30-May-16 07:29:08

Mine went!! For around 4 weeks it turns out baby had turned to breech position for those weeks. However it's back now baby is head down so it's the pressure of baby pushing down.
I do think it's possible to come and go. There's some fab advice on this thread and maybe worth contacting your midwife when you're home to get on the list for some physio suport as you can be waiting a while

Also thankyou for all your replies ladies they helped greatly especially to know It wasn't just me!!

bippitybopityboo Mon 30-May-16 07:30:18

Typo...2 weeks not 4....

MrBensMrs Mon 30-May-16 08:38:11

So glad yours went. It's so scary that the simple act of walking can be so excruciating that you just want to curl up and not move sad

I wonder if it's because we walked in the sea yesterday and the resistance made it worse? Will see the doc first thing Wednesday if I can get in to the urgent clinic at the GP smile

BerylMeeps Mon 30-May-16 10:20:57

31w here and I've had this since 21w. If it gets so bad you can't move about normally without wincing you need to see you midwife. And agree fully about support pillows they're a big help. If necessary you could eventually require crutches and a support belt as I do. Don't worry it will go away after the birth.

Boosiehs Mon 30-May-16 10:33:50

PGP/SPD is bloody awful. Try not to walk too much. Sleep with a pillow between your knees. All the dtuff about keeping stride short etc is very good advice.

It is bloody awful. I was in more pain by the end of the pg than I was recovering from a CS! However it went almost immediately in DS2's arrival.

Get referred to physio ASAP. It certainly helped, but the thing that helped me most was hydrotherapy. Bloody brilliant. Exercising in the water was great.

Boosiehs Mon 30-May-16 10:34:40

one woman doing hydrotherapy wth me had t so bad she was in a wheelchair! Terrible!

OhWhatAPalaver Mon 30-May-16 17:51:07

I get strange pains down there too, especially since baby moved head down. Sometimes - possibly when baby moves in to certain positions - it stops me in my tracks and I swear very loudly! I do have spd and have seen physio who gave me several things to do to ease symptoms, one of which was walking without waddling, which is bloody hard work but does help.

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