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 email@example.com along with your size, address and number of weeks pregnant.