I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to deal with pelvic pain during pregnancy this time around. I really was. That particular pain during pregnancy kicked in towards the third trimester with Norton. This time? I didn’t even make it to the eight week mark.
But that’s all right. There’s one good thing about having dealt with the pain during pregnancy of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction previously: I certainly know what to expect. I know that there is absolutely nothing medically that can be done to treat it. But I do know that I can do things to reduce my pelvic pain during pregnancy.
Sitting: I know that I need to be very careful how I sit. While sitting with my legs folded in front of me is my preferred sitting position, I know that it is a no go when it comes to pelvic pain during pregnancy. Sitting with my legs crossed over each other can be problematic, too. So, really, the best way to sit is with my legs close together and maybe crossed at the ankles.
Walking: It’s really lame, but walking during pregnancy can actually hurt if you’re dealing with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction pain during pregnancy. It can hurt the pubic bone and the top interior of the thighs, among other areas. If I walk very carefully with one foot in front of the other, and take stairs slowly and one at a time (you know, one foot up a stair, bring the other foot up on the same stair, repeat until the top), it’s not as bad.
Sleeping: A pillow between the knees is a necessity. So is a husband or partner that will help you roll over in your sleep when you need it.
Dressing: By sitting down to dress my bottom half, I avoid putting weight or pressure on one leg, which is much, much kinder to my pelvis. It’s inconvenient and very weird. It definitely takes some getting used to. But it makes things hurt far less.
Alternative treatment: A chiropractor during pregnancy can be an absolute gift. If you have a chiropractor that uses one of those little punchy things, they can use it on the pubic bone to bring some relief.
Pregnancy belt: Some women swear by having that belt thing to reduce some of the pressure on the pelvis. It didn’t really work that well for me, but I did find that putting on a pair of Spanx and rolling them down so they were under my belly helped.
Have you ever handled Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction pain during pregnancy? What “tricks” did you find to make life easier?
Originally written on September 13, 2011. Fortunately, I survived, even though, the Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction didn’t ease up. I got my little girl out of it, so that made it all worth it in the end!
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