A couple of months ago, I was diagnosed with SPD. Symphysis Pubis Disfunction. I had never heard of this and was in complete shock when I found out what it was. Although it is common during pregnancy, it can be severe in some cases. Luckily, my diagnosis was shortly lived. SPD, also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain, or PGP, is when your pelvic joint that is usually held together and supported by ligaments, spread apart. Because of this, the ligaments are not as strong as they normally are, so your pelvic is not as strong as it normally is.
My symptoms began after I had an intense leg day. At first, I thought I had over done it with lifting heavy, but when I could not walk or get out of bed for the next 2 days-I knew something was wrong. My first notion-good ole google. I am the worst at self diagnosing myself. I typed in my symptoms and came across ‘symphysis pubis disfunction’. I called and scheduled an appointment with my midwife the next day. I guess it was something that she was a little unsure of because she referred me to a physical therapist who specializes in women anatomy.
My appointment with her was very informative and on point. She informed me that I had experienced and over dose of the hormone Relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone that is released to prepare our bodies for delivery. Relaxin is just that. It relaxes all of your ligaments in your pelvic area so your baby can pass through the birth canal. I did not experience this with my first pregnancy. I was put on a strict exercise regimen. NO single leg exercises and NO running. I was given a strap that I had to tie around my waist. The tighter it was tied, the less pain I experienced. This really helped me.
I continued to workout and paid extra attention to my body on leg days. I was fortunate to wear the band for a couple of weeks before the pain was completely gone. During this time frame, I focused on hip opening yoga and pelvic floor exercises, and deep breathing techniques. These really helped me recovery quickly. (I will do a post on what exercises I did later this week.) Ladies! If you experience any of these symptoms, please, don’t overlook them. Don’t be like me and have to get wheeled in a wheel chair to your doctor’s appointment because you thought it was something that would “go away”. Go get checked out. There are plenty of girdles and belly support bands that will help you. Of course, there is no “perfect pregnancy”. Well, for me a perfect pregnancy is the delivery of a healthy baby, but you know what I mean. Stay in tune with your body and take care of it.