Are you pregnant and suffering with Pubic Pain and searching for some helpful hints to help you deal with the growing discomfort? Read on…
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) is said to be most commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth. The cause of SPD is not well-understood by gynacology, but is generally attributed to widening of the pubic bone due to an increased release of pregnancy hormones.
SPD is also described as a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic symphysis, either anterior or lateral, as well as causing associated pain, possibly because of a misalignment of the pelvis.
Wikipedia suggests SPD affects up to one in four pregnant women to varying degrees, with 7% of sufferers continuing to experience serious symptoms postpartum.Although the condition was recognised by Hippocrates, incidence of SPD appear to have increased in recent years; it is unclear whether this is because the average maternal age is increasing, or because the condition is being diagnosed more frequently.
Even though SPD is such a common thing to experience during pregnancy, many women continue to suffer in silence as they are told that there is nothing that can be done.
Here are some natural therapies and alternative methods that can be of help:
- Sleep with a special ‘body pillow’
- Cushions between your legs when sleeping
- Wear a special support belt or brace to support the pubic area
- Hot or cold compress can help when placed directly on the source of pain
Other Helpful Hints:
- Avoid any movement where you have to open your legs apart
- Keep your legs together when turning in bed
- Getting in and out of bed, keep your legs together
- Dressing or undressing, sit down to put on or take off your pants
- Getting in or out of a car, sit down sideways with your legs together then lift both legs together and move them as one
Written by: Katherine Ferris