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However, if it starts to hurt, we shouldn’t brush it off with these reasons.Such a condition that causes pain in the pelvic joints can affect up to 1 in 5 pregnant women, and its recognised as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).
During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens your ligaments to help your baby pass through your pelvis during delivery. Well, have you ever wondered how a woman is able to lift her legs up so high towards her chest for a normal delivery? Yes I have, and I’m sure I’m not the only one haha! I was thinking, ‘I’m not even close to doing a split, so how will I be able to hold that position comfortably?’ Naturally, you will become more flexible as your body gets ready for birth. Your nerves and muscles are able to adapt to the new changes, and your body should cope well with the changes to your posture as your baby grows. We women are made to do this! And this would perhaps be the most flexible I’ll ever be in my life!
So when does SPD occur? The pain may kick in when your body doesn't adapt so well to the stretchier, looser ligaments caused by relaxin.
SPD can be triggered by:
During my second trimester, I felt a sharp pain and stiffness in my upper thighs as I was walking about to and fro at work. My role requires me to walk from clinics and hospitals on a daily basis. Yes I would say that’s my pregnancy exercise to keep fit! I got very used to walking fast and getting tasks done at a steady pace. However, I noticed this sharp pain prevented me from walking fast and taking wider strides. I didn’t know what I was experiencing so I shared this with none other than...my elder sister, Lynn. We share everything! What are sisters for, right! Thank God, she picked up this knowledge months ago during her pre and post-natal yoga course. We weren’t sure if it was SPD for certain, but I was willing to try out some methods to ease the pain. I was advised to take smaller steps, walk slower and avoid carrying heavy items which adds weight to my pelvis. The next few days, WALA! I texted her immediately. I felt so much better!
On the other hand, my third trimester proves to be different as the mild stiffness and sharp pain comes when I am lying down on the bed. This is especially when I need to toss and turn about at night! At times when I am lying down and Mr J calls me out, I would take a few more minutes than usual just to get out of bed! I need my legs to ‘warm up’, roll to my side, put my feet on the floor, up and away I go! I would be telling Mr J, ‘ Yes I am coming! While I am still tossing and turning trying to get up!’.
In fact, it’s actually quite commonly shared in our mommies circle that doctors would just advise us to rest. However, it’s A LOT MORE THAN THAT! So here’s a short list here to help you out:
A woman’s body during pregnancy is indeed amazing! It goes through changes to support the growing baby. Every woman is different and one may or may not experience this condition. If the pain is unbearable or is affecting your daily routine, you can share this with your gynae and you will be referred to a physiotherapist. A physio will then be able to diagnose if it is SPD. You may even help to shed some light to someone who is going through this but is totally clueless! Don’t let anyone go through this alone. I really hope the methods to relieve the pain will come in useful for you! :)
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