I have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction so I hurt pretty much any time there is pressure on the pubic bones. Grrrr. It started in my 8th month with DD and I thought I had pulled a groin muscle. My doctor confirmed the condition was SPC but we did not really have to treat it during my first pregnancy, I was just really careful to no aggravate it. . . until her birth. Since it was traumatic and fast and she really needed to come out quickly, they were hauling my legs apart. It caused a pretty good separation of the pubic bones - a little over 2 cm. It went back together some, and I did not have any major problems until I was about 5 months into this pregnancy. Then it started hurting badly. My doc (kind of a jerk) denied that it could be SPD since that doesn't "start until later in pregnancy" for most women. Well, yes, I would agree, however, having been diagnosed and experienced this pain before , I knew what I was feeling.
I finally convinced him to write me a script for therapy right before Thanksgiving. The separation is again almost 2 cm (3/4 of an inch!) and I have major pelvic instability. I LOVE my therapist though. She is trained in manual adjustments (much like a chiropractor) and does soft tissue therapy. As a bonus, she is a certified Childbirth Educator and very NCB supportive. I think she is going to attend our birth unless a disaster strikes (or baby comes to fast for her to clear her schedule) but since she is at the same hospital it should work out!
All that to say, I am hurting but I have more energy the last couple of weeks than I did 2 months ago. I am trying to take it easy and do less upright, more things on hands and knees, and making friends with my ball again! I am doing all right!
I went to PT today and actually felt quite a bit better than I have been in the past few weeks. When Melissa (my therapist) checked my pelvis and pubic bones her eyes got really wide. She could not really get on top of the bones because baby has engaged since Wednesday!
She and I talked about it and since the baby is locked into the pelvis the pressure is more centered which is greatly helping to keep my pelvis more balanced. Before, his little head and shoulder was pushing against my hip bone and every time he would stretch,(as well as getting a nasty jolt to my ribs) my hips would flex to try to accommodate him. This is probably what was causing the majority of the problems. The SPD pain is not only from the separation itself, but from the sides of the pubic bones not meeting evenly so that every time one leg is lifted, it feels like someone is stabbing you in the groin/pubic area.
Overall, it was great news and more than that, I feel better! So yay! Oh, and she is definitely set to attend our birth unless something critical in her schedule prevents it.
Sounds great! Engaged heads are always good, but especially if it's relieving some of the SPD pain!
Hey there! So glad I finally got to read all your stories, and learn more fun stuff about you and Mike! I am excited for you, and can't wait to meet Baby Boy!
Oh, and I love the baby pics of Molly, how cute!!!
mommy to the most beautiful princess
Wow, you have a great story! I look forward to following your lodge! Glad to hear you got some pain relief.
Ugh, today I do not feel well in general. I can't tell if I am getting a cold or if it the crazy ever changing weather of West Texas doing this to me. I have not slept well the past 2 nights and my face hurts. Today, I woke up with dark circles under my eyes (presumably from lack of sleep). We didn't even go to church this morning; I was just feeling too rotten and DD had trouble sleeping also so DH was up with her last night.
I think I am going to try a nice warm bath with a cloth over my face. Oooh, or maybe a quick mini facial with a eucalyptus mask or something. Hmmm. . . I need to see what I have on hand.
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. A warm bath sounds like a great idea!
Baths are nice. I've been taking them a lot trying to get my mind and body in gear for a water birth and it feels soooo good. Swimming at the pool also is so nice, it takes all the weight off. I went to the pool last week and it felt so freeing to be in the water. Once I got out I felt like I weighed 500 lbs, but being in the water was so nice. I bet it would help with your SPD too! I hope you aren't getting sick though. Drink lots of water and rest up!
I am feeling much better. I did take a bath and give myself a facial (not quite as much fun as someone else doing it for me, but free!). DD came in and said that my face looked like Shrek! Then she laughed and ran out of the room. It was the craziest thing. We all three had a day of low grade (around 100.2-100.5 F) fever and just felt bad. Drained and headachy mostly. Anyway, my DH got it first then me then DD. We are all felt fine after a few days. It never got worse, just was nagging. I wonder what it was. A strange and mild cold? Some random virus? Oh, well, it is gone now!
I went to my appointment today. My doctor was really nice to me. (If you missed the previous posts about my doc, he was a total jerk at my last appointment because I wanted to wait on the GBS test as I was only 35 weeks and it is only really accurate for about 3-4 weeks. With DD I ended up testing twice because I went post dates. I do not have the option to change because the hospital make you sign this ridiculous form stating that you will not transfer care during the course of you pregnancy and non of the other docs will take transfers from each other. So I am stuck unless we paid out of pocket to go to the other hospital in town. Not a good option for us.)
ANyway, this time we was very nice and actually asked if I wanted to do the test and then asked if I wanted to be checked. I did both. I wasn't actually planning on being checked, but my mom is coming back for Europe today and wanted some idea of how I was progressing. Mostly I did it to appease her. Anyway, I am high and closed which was completely what I expected. I was completely closed with DD when I went into labor so I was not expecting to do much before this one decides to come though it would be a pleasant surprise I guess. We also talked a bit about when to come to the hospital and he actually joked with me that I would probably know better than anyone else if it was time. So, maybe he was just having a bad day before or I rubbed him the wrong way or maybe I did have an offensive tone or whatever. It is really hard to self-evaluate, but this appointment was pretty great. I needed to no be worried about getting along with the doc and now I feel better.
Oh, yeah, I am currently obsessing about cloth diapers. I have decided to give them a go with this baby and I have been up half the night for the past week researching and shopping and looking at patterns etc. I am going to make myself crazy, so if anyone has anything useful experience to add, please do! I am actually really excited about it and DH is even supportive! Of course, he is even more frugal than I am so it was an easy sell with the ease of the new styles available. I will have to work into prefolds if we ever get there!