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SPD Sufferes

(8 Posts)
Kerri1983 Wed 27-Aug-08 15:05:25

Is it possible to only experience this pain during the night or is this just a sign of worse things to come?? I am 27+2?

bogie Wed 27-Aug-08 15:14:33

I am alot worse at night than in the day and have been since about 26 weeks (am 37 now)

moosemama Wed 27-Aug-08 15:23:41


With SPD its unlikely that you will 'only' get pain during the night. You don't say where the pain is exactly but it is very common to get lower back and/or hip pain during the night due to the relaxation of the pelvis making it harder for your body to cope with the extra weight. However pain on turning over and getting in and out of bed is 'one' of the symptoms of spd.

The Pelvic Partnership website is a good source of info and is run by women who have all experienced spd themselves:


I had spd in both my previous pregnancies and it has begun to rear its head again in this one although later than it did in the others (am nearly 22 wks).

I had little or no support from the NHS for spd during either previous pregnancy despite them being in different health authorities.
I would definitely mention it to your midwife though, as if you do have it, some areas will arrange for physiotherapy and a maternity belt and the sooner you seek treatment the better.

Personally, I tried to prevent it this time by seeing an osteopath to make sure my alignment was ok and buying myself some MBT trainers and walking daily to build up my pelvic and lower back strength before I conceived. It seems to have helped, as although I have started to have symptoms they are nowhere near as bad, or as early, as previous pregnancies, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

notcitrus Wed 27-Aug-08 20:02:09

My pain is definitely worst in the night because lying on my back or turning over are the worst things I can do. During the day I limit walking and can concentrate on tensing muscles in support.

By 25 weeks I couldn't walk 100 yards, so my guess is if it's only hurting at night for you, you might be lucky and not have it get worse, but do mention it to your midwife and look up the exercises and tips for dealing with SPD - lots of pelvic floor and other pelvis exercises can't hurt!

tiredandgrumpy Wed 27-Aug-08 20:08:48

I only had it mildly, but it was far worse at night. I guess when you're busy during the day you may not be noticing mild pain.

Don't really have advice, but certainly see doctor - I was referred to physio, who gave me a tubigrip type bandage to wear round my hips. Made the world of difference and never looked back

Kerri1983 Wed 27-Aug-08 20:54:46

Hi, the pain is in my pelvis and I only experience it when turning over in bed or getting up during the night to go to the loo. Once I am up and about I don't notice any pain, except when I stupidly tried to move something accross the floor with my foot.

I am hoping it doesn't get any worse. I have an ante-natal appointment tomorrow so I will make sure to mention it to the midwife.

KnickersOnMaHead Wed 27-Aug-08 20:56:12

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moosemama Wed 27-Aug-08 21:20:54

Kerri, does sound like spd, classic signs are pain on turning over or getting in and out of bed and as for pushing things across the floor with your foot - don't know about you, but that's 'really' painful for me - typical isn't it, you can't bend over the pick anything up and can't move it out of the way without bending over - ah pregnancy is such fun!

I would recommend speaking to your mw asap as if they can arrange for you to have a belt and some physio you may be able to prevent it getting any worse. They can also advise you on the ways of stopping it getting any worse, such as Knickers said, keeping your legs together when you turn over, also take smaller/shorter footsteps, try not to lift anything too heavy (I know not always possible) and always try to sit or stand squarely rather than favouring one or other hip. One good thing though, vacuuming is not recommended so my DH is having to pull his weight as with 3 dogs our house needs constantly vacumming!

Alternatively a visit to a good osteopath has been known to work wonders. Basically they are able to realign your spine and pelvis so that things are back in the right place and not clicking or grinding. Some people with mild cases find one appointment is enough, others attend once every few weeks to keep things together so to speak. I'm not sure how much it costs elsewhere, I am in the midlands and here it costs £50 for an initial consultation and session then £45 for any sessions after that. Like I say, don't know if that is a typical price, but I would gladly pay double now I know the relief it can give.

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