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#1 ~Supernova~

Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:46 AM

I had my DS 5 days ago and am still having quite a lot of pelvic pain. When I walk my hips feel "off" and clicky, and turning over in bed is so painful. I had SPD with DD too, but it improved almost immediately after giving birth (although my SPD was much worse this pregnancy). It's annoying because I will get the motivation to do things (clean, walk, whatever) then I do it for 5-10mins and feel worn out and in pain like an old lady lol. It is also making it difficult to get to sleep (and when you are trying to sneak naps in when you can that really, really sucks lol).

Did/does anyone else still suffer from SPD AFTER their baby was born? How long did it take to go away? I'm considering going to a chiropractor (they freak me out a bit, but some relief is much needed!). Did anyone have much success with seeing a chiro? Any other hints/tips?? I know it's early days and I need to give my body time to recover, but just looking for advice from anyone going through the same thing, or has been through it and has some ideas to ease the pain.

Thank you!

#2 Shadowess

Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:01 AM

I had it pretty bad with DD2, but I think it cleared up pretty quickly after birth... but I had a caesar so maybe I was pre-occupied with managing that pain, rather than my pelvis.

Anyway, I highly recommend seeing an osteopath... she did womders for me. I was amazed at how much better I was after seeing her.

Good luck and congrats on your brand new DS!

#3 babycat

Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:03 AM

I'd try Physio and work on your pelvic floor and core exercises. I had SPD but it did improve greatly after DS was born but I found going to the Physio and doing Pilates helped improve things a lot quicker.
Hope things start to improve for you soon.

#4 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:04 AM

Sorry you are going through this - I had SPD with both my pregnancies and it sucks!
With my first, the SPD went away entirely straight after the birth.  But I had a c/s.
Second time, I had low down pelvic pain for about a week or two following birth but I had a very fast vaginal birth with episiotomy and I think it took some time for everything to heal down there.  The pain felt very similar though.
7 months post birth I have no pelvic pain at all, but my hips do click and I think they will forever more.
I have always found a combination of Pilates and a good osteopath worked wonders while I was pregnant and afterwards.
If you are looking into physio/chiro/osteo just make sure you find someone who specialises in pregnancy-related issues.
I can't recommend Pilates highly enough for the strength it builds into your pelvic floor and core muscles too, all of which are affected by SPD.

#5 chocolatecrackle

Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:33 AM

I second the PP on the pilates, but I would go to a physio to get a custom program. It's very easy to do the right exercises in the wrong way especially when you're still all wobbly and sore.

I would recommend a women's health physio to help with the SPD as well. I saw one for pelvic girdle pain and it helped so much.

I still had trouble until about four weeks after giving birth as my joints were still very loose and prone to getting stuck in the wrong position. I think that the baby was actually stabilising my pelvis, so when he was gone I was wobbling all over the place.

#6 ~Supernova~

Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:16 AM

Thank you all! Will give it a week or two and see how I go.

In regards to pilates, are you supposed to wait until after your 6 week check up to start??

Edited by Mareek, 10 March 2012 - 08:26 AM.

#7 BonKalKady

Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:24 AM

I had SPD through all 3 pgs, each time it got worse. My 'baby' is 5 now and I was only complaining about have the pain again this week! It comes and goes, probably a few times a year I still get it. Definately not as bad as when I was pg but still uncomfortable iykwim. It sux sad.gif.

#8 lorze

Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:11 AM

I had very severe SPD with my first child. I still had pain, albeit less severe, 9 months after he was born.  I was advised to do Pilates and it made a huge difference. I contined Pilates through my second pregnancy until 37 wks and had very little SPD pain during the 2nd pregnancy. I can't recommend Pilates highly enough. In answer to your question, you should wait for the all clear from your ob first.

#9 chookpea

Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:33 AM

Do you have a girdle or compression garment? I had to see a physio after I had DS and she suggested a girdle or similar wrapped around the hips to keep the pelvis "in place".  She also suggested as PP have said working on your core muscles and pelvic floor.

#10 wannabe30

Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

QUOTE (chookpea @ 10/03/2012, 11:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you have a girdle or compression garment? I had to see a physio after I had DS and she suggested a girdle or similar wrapped around the hips to keep the pelvis "in place".  She also suggested as PP have said working on your core muscles and pelvic floor.

I used the SRC recovery shorts. Expensive, but SO worth it. I took about 8 weeks to feel comfortable walking around without my supportive shorts.

#11 Phoenix Blue

Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

I've had SPD with all my pregnancies. It was quite back AFTER my 2nd, I had it for months.

This pregnancy (3rd) I've been seeing an Osteopath and it's been amazing! I saw a physio with my previous pregnancies, and although I did all the exercises, it didn't really stop the pain. Also, I have had a big break between pregnancies this time, and am very fit and healthy with much stronger core - and it still got it!

Osteo basically said it is my pelvis being out of alignment, and she did some very gentle manipulation, and massage, and stretching, and it's been great. I've been seeing her about every 4 weeks since about 24 weeks.

As PP have said, give yourself time, but also check out an Osteo. It was EB that made me give it a try and I'm so glad I did. I can claim most of it on PHI too.

#12 ~strawberry~

Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:53 PM

I'm another one where it didn't go away after giving birth. After many osteo's, physio's and doctors I was finally diagnosed with an unstable pelvis (when DS was over 2 years old). At my worst I was only able to walk a few steps and that was in a great deal of pain. A physio was able to put my pelvis back in alignment, but there was nothing holding it in place so within hours/days it would be thrown out again. After a long process (almost 12 months) of surgical procedures and loads of drugs, I am able to walk again, though only slowly and not long distances. I've been strengthening with clinical pilates but it's probably as good now as it's going to get. Sucky, but hey, the things we do to have kids!

Good luck, I hope you're not in the same boat as me and that it all comes together again in time.

#13 ASoccerMum

Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:44 PM

I had severe SPD after the 2nd birth.  I went to a very good physio who knew all about spd and she made me feel a lot better, not just physically but mentally too.  She recommended that I come and see her about two ,weeks after leaving hospital but there's no reason why you can't go and see someone now if you feel you really need it. If you are in Sydney I can give you her details. Hope it gets better soon. It really sucks.

#14 chocolatecrackle

Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:40 PM

QUOTE (wannabe30 @ 10/03/2012, 11:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used the SRC recovery shorts. Expensive, but SO worth it. I took about 8 weeks to feel comfortable walking around without my supportive shorts.

The women's health physio the hospital sent me to recommended the tummy and thigh control shorts from Target for a cheap version - $20.  I wore mine for about six weeks and they really helped.

I had the SRC leggings for during pregnancy which I claimed on PHI, but I wore those every day for about five months, so didn't mind the price so much!

#15 Charli73

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

I had really bad SPD with my first pregnancy and was hoping it would disappear after birth but I had a CS and i could hardly walk or stand up after birth so walking around the house was so painful I sought the help of womens physio 3 weeks after birth...

I was doing pilates before giving birth and went back to it at 6 weeks and wore a supportive belt after birth asell as a tummy sock thing for support.

Unfortunately my pain lasted 6-7 months but I was told for some women the relaxin disappears slower than others, maybe I was just unlucky..

Im 24 weeks pregnant now and with my supportive belt its been pretty good so far and I will buy some recovery shorts for after the birth...

best of luck!

#16 Mumof1OneontheWay

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

I am currently pregnant with No 2 and experiencing SPD. Having some success with accupuncture and chiro.

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