SPD in pregnancy
As your body changes for pregnancy, some women suffer from extreme pain in the pelvic and back area. This is called SPD or symphysis pubis dysfunction. Read about SPD in pregnancy below or go straight to how to ease SPD in pregnancy.
The pelvis is made up of two parts which are joined at the front with a joint called the symphysis pubis. During pregnancy, a hormone called Relaxin cause the ligaments holding this join together to soften to help baby move through the pelvis easily.
If this joint moves too much and creates a gap of 10mm or bigger, SPD is diagnosed. SPD is the inflammation and pain of this joint.
The symptoms include:
- Back or hip pain
- A clicking or grinding sensation
- Pain down the inside of your legs made worse with movement such as stairs or parting legs
- Trouble sleeping or worse pain at night
If the pain in your pelvic region or back is very sore, ask your doctor or midwife to advise you on some exercises to help.
More on easing SPD in pregnancy
See SPD in pregnancy – exercises for some advice on how to ease pain and prevent discomfort caused by SPD.
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