Coping with Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy

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.

Coping with Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy (Cloth Diaper Addicts)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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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. My sister-in-law had very serious pelvic pain when she was pregnant. It made it almost unbearable to walk. She used a workout orb and that helped a lot.

  2. Shannon Thomas says:

    I had this too, especially with my last 2 pregnancies. I found prenatal yoga to be very helpful. But mostly, I lived in the bathtub.

  3. That sounds really uncomfortable. I didn’t have this but I did have sciatica with my first and to a lesser degree with my second. It was awful to be in pain on top of being plain old uncomfortable

  4. Bailey Shaw says:

    These are some good tips for helping to take the edge off! I never knew pain until I had to deal with it constantly because of my symphysis pubic dysfunction. It made the 2nd half of my pregnancy absolutely miserable. When you can’t sit, sleep, move or walk normally, it makes life so difficult. I just had my daughter last week and thank god the pain has subsided so much!!! She is worth all the pain and discomfort, but it has definitely made the decision to not have any more children a lot easier!

  5. I had some pain but not as much as you it sounds like. My hips are naturally not even (born that way) so my hips are constantly out. I HAD to sleep with a pillow between my legs (esp 3rd trimester) and now I STILL have to have something between my legs when sleeping. I use to NEVER be like that (use to bother me actually) so it’s weird on how I just can’t sleep without my pillow now. I did wear a belt thing but it really didn’t help that much. I had a LOT of pain in my upper belly when standing for too long. I have never heard of anyone complaining about that so I was not expecting it. It just felt like my skin was being stretched to the limit if I stood for too long. That was the most pain I remember being in other than waking up in the middle of the night to roll over because my hip was burning in pain from laying on it too long.

  6. Kara Worden says:

    So glad I found this! I have SPD now with my twins.. it’s horrid and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone… good to know that there really isn’t anything that is going to help that I have missed along the way.

  7. Shilo Wheatley says:

    I am currently 21 weeks pregnant and dealing with this! I had the pelvic pain my last pregnancy too and definitely noticed it sooner this time! I tried the support belts with no luck, I couldn’t even put on my own pants without screaming in pain…I am so scared this pregnancy because my bedroom is now upstairs and those are almost impossible to climb! I never did find any relief but I know now not to push myself, definitely no vaccuming!

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