Thursday, 19 April 2012

Coping with Pubic Pain

The official condition is called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) and is thought to affect one in four pregnant women to varying degrees.  The main symptom is usually pain or discomfort in the pelvic region. This will probably be centred on the joint at the front of the pelvis (the pubic symphysis). 

Sufferers can also experience pain in the lower back, hips, groin, lower abdomen, and legs. The severity of the pain can range from mild discomfort to extreme and prolonged suffering. If you have this condition no doubt you’ll have difficulty climbing stairs, problems when carrying out weight bearing activities, difficulties carrying out everyday activities, and even difficulties standing.

The good news is the vast majority of symptoms will disappear after you give birth to your baby.  

But…how do you manage day-to-day, especially if you have other children that need caring for? 
  • Brace the pelvic floor muscles before performing any activity which might cause pain
  • Rest the pelvis
  • Sit down for tasks where possible (e.g. preparing food, ironing, dressing)
  • Avoid lifting and carrying.
  • Avoid stepping over things.
  • Avoid straddle movements especially when weight bearing.
  • Bend the knees and keep the legs 'glued together' when turning in bed and getting in and out of bed.
  • Place a pillow between the legs when in bed or resting.
  • Avoid twisting movements of the body.

We Need Support Belt Testers

Emma-Jane’s maternity support belt supports the abdomen whilst at the same time relieves pelvic pain and backache during pregnancy – and after. The design is unique in that it adjusts at both the front and the back, so that you can find your perfect fit. 

Available in four sizes: 10/12 14/16 18/20 22/24 – we’re looking for five women suffering from SPD to test out our support belt.  If you’re interested in trialling this for us and proving us with feedback please send an email to along with your size, address and number of weeks pregnant.

Monday, 2 April 2012

App-solutely Incredible!

There’s no doubt that smart phones are amazing, children as young as one or two can operate them with little or no parental guidance, and there are some great apps out there for all ages covering virtually every subject matter.  As little as five years ago, pregnant women were buying books covering all aspects of pregnancy from health to baby names.  Nowadays you can just download an app and you’ve got all you need to know at your fingertips.   Some of the best apps are from Babycentre, Dr Miriam Stoppard, Sprout and BabyBump, but there are also some more weird and wonderful ones out there too.  Check out some of our favourites:

Pimp My Ultrasound – scan a picture of your ultrasound into your phone, then add glasses or a hat to the image and a speech bubble and email it to dad or granny!

Baby Face – Baby Appearance Predictor – every wondered if your baby will have your eyes or your partner’s nose – well you can now find out

iContraction – keeps track of contractions with a simple screen tap that either you or your partner can use.  It also graphs your data and allows you to email it to your midwife or doctor

50 Most Popular Mocktails – a handy list of non alcoholic drink recipes

m-Pregnancy – this one’s for dad.  It provides loads of information about your baby’s development in a man friendly format; for example, it compares your baby’s size to a beer top - perfect for the partner who won’t read your baby books!