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    I have the same problem.
    The pain started at around 5 months pregnant. My son is over 4 months old & I am still in pain if I do too much.
    I was basically told to deal with it too, but I only had it in my 3rd pregnancy. So I thought it can't be right. But then a gp explained it to me & it made sence. It didn't help with the pain, but at least I knew what was going on.
    By the end of my pregnancy I was depressed coz I was in so much pain I could barely walk. I cried every night.
    Then I gave birth flat on my back, with my knees up to my chest too. I found out AFTER that that wasn't a good idea.
    Last week I walked down to get DS's 4 month needles.2 or 3 blocks away. I was aching on the way home, but wasn't too bad. I woke up the next morning with burning pain in my pubic bone & I couldn't move.
    I spoke to my MCHN about it & she spoke to a physio who is going to have a look as it should be better by now. I just can't do any exercise til I see her - so no more walking.
    I don't know what she'll be able to do to help, but anything is better than nothing.
    There is a support belt thing you can get to wear. I didn't find that out til last week either, so not much help now!
    Just try to rest as much as possible. Don't over do it, & try some panadol. That's all I can suggest. Physio, Chiro or Osteopath might be helpful, but I'm not too sure how helpful.




    I just looked at the site Marydean posted. Read it. There's heaps of info there.
    Last edited by ~clover~; July 23rd, 2008 at 01:30 PM.

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    I'd just like to comment how it irks me that pg women are not advised correctly how to get help with this. I know two ladies who got this really bad, one was in a wheelchair and the other a walking frame by the final month of their pregnancies! If either had got help earlier (like I did - I knew about it because a close friend had had the same problem 18 mths earlier) they probably could've maintained their mobility right through to the birth.

    Take this seriously especially if you're getting the symptoms in the first half of your PG! BTW I'm still doing physio 10 mths after the birth of my baby AND I did all the 'right' things when I was pg. I am loathe to think what would've been if I didn't get help when I did.

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    In regards to pelvic instability, i am experiencing the same problem, im only 29 weeks and have had it for awhile now.... i would still like to know if there are any negative effects during labour as i was talking to a friend of mine who experienced the same issue during her pregnancy and her labour was really bad to the extent that one of her pelvic bones fractured and had to have an emergency ceasar... this is my 2nd preg, and whilst my 1st was very blissful and easy im very worried and even thinking of opting for a ceasar for this one.... can someone please help as its stressing me out...i have been told by my doctor and obs to rest and been reffered to a physio.... i dont know what else to do...

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    I second your need to go see a physio who specialises in dealing with pregnant women.
    i've got SPD and the physio who runs my pregnancy pilates class here in Ballarat is BRILLIANT, she has given me stretches to do, as well as some dos and donts and they have made a HUGE difference. sure it still hurts a bit to walk around, and some days its worse than others, but its not been as bad the last week or so compared to what it was before I saw her about it!
    some of the things I've been told that I've found particularly helpful is:
    - don't cross ur legs...as much as possible sit with ur knees relaxed and open - like guys do! its much more natural and puts less strain on ur inner thigh muscles/pelvic muscles...so you can cross ur ankles, but dont press ur knees together, let them sit relaxed
    - ice your groin...bub gets all active when ya do this lol, but it certainly helps with the pain management
    - sleep with a pillow between ur knees on ur side so that ur top leg is flat, not having the knee leaning downwards
    - slow down! if you need to turn, turn your foot out to the direction u need to go to and then turn ur body, dont spin around with ur foot still facing forwards
    - sit down to get dressed, put on shoes etc, dont stand on one leg to do things like that, it hurts like hell anyway !

    hope those ideas help!

    oh and as for labour, have also been told on the back is usually the worst position if u have pelvic instability, particularly if u have an epidural bvecause u cant feel if its hurting and can make recovery harder!

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    I second your need to go see a physio who specialises in dealing with pregnant women.
    i've got SPD and the physio who runs my pregnancy pilates class here in Ballarat is BRILLIANT, she has given me stretches to do, as well as some dos and donts and they have made a HUGE difference. sure it still hurts a bit to walk around, and some days its worse than others, but its not been as bad the last week or so compared to what it was before I saw her about it!
    some of the things I've been told that I've found particularly helpful is:
    - don't cross ur legs...as much as possible sit with ur knees relaxed and open - like guys do! its much more natural and puts less strain on ur inner thigh muscles/pelvic muscles...so you can cross ur ankles, but dont press ur knees together, let them sit relaxed
    - ice your groin...bub gets all active when ya do this lol, but it certainly helps with the pain management
    - sleep with a pillow between ur knees on ur side so that ur top leg is flat, not having the knee leaning downwards
    - slow down! if you need to turn, turn your foot out to the direction u need to go to and then turn ur body, dont spin around with ur foot still facing forwards
    - sit down to get dressed, put on shoes etc, dont stand on one leg to do things like that, it hurts like hell anyway !

    hope those ideas help!

    oh and as for labour, have also been told on the back is usually the worst position if u have pelvic instability, particularly if u have an epidural bvecause u cant feel if its hurting and can make recovery harder!

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    Hi there

    I had this too and it's the worst thing ever.

    Here's a link to a support association in Australia Home which has lots of great information.

    As far as the birth goes, the best tip is to not allow your knees to be separated too far in the pushing stage and to avoid being on your back. They also recommend to take in a piece of string that you've used to measure beforehand how far you can comfortably separate your knees.

    My pet theory is that the position you push in and how long you push for influences how long the recovery is after the birth.

    I started a thread about SPD and birthing choices here http://bellybelly.com.au/forums/labo...es-wanted.html

    In short, lots of women recover pretty quickly and others, like me, don't. I put that down to the fact that I had an epidural and then pushed for 2.5 hours flat on my back with my knees against my chest. That didn't hurt at all at the time but I think it further damaged my pelvis and I really wish I'd known then what I know now.

    I can't say that the pelvic instability really affected my birth too much but that the choices I made during the birth had a huge impact on my recovery or lack thereof afterwards, if that makes sense!

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    I posted a long reply but DD mashed the keyboard and it went into cyberspace!

    Don't put up with it! My old physio said he wouldn't treat me so late and to put up with it, I could barely walk so I was pretty upset.

    I saw my ob and he refered me to a physio who specialises in treating pregnant women, untreated he said I would have needed a walker or wheel chair, I believe him as it was agony to move. He did gentle manipulation and ultrasounds on my back and had me use a walking stick for two weeks. I can now walk easier and only need pain relief on the odd occasion. He also recommends no lifting or bending until bubs as born if I can help it (hard I know but I am trying my best!)

    I am getting orthotics too as he can see my knees and feet are out of alignment after having two pregnancies close together everything has loosened up due to the relaxin hormone.

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    I forgot to add my SIL was told that she may go into labour early if she did too much when she had pelivic unstability, but my ob and gp haven't said anything to me.

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