- Children's Health
- Women's Health
- Men's Health
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Beauty & Personal Care
- Hair & Nails
“My Hips Are Killing Me!” — Maybe It’s Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
Submitted by Courtney on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 11:45
Aches and pains during pregnancy are quite common, but extreme and debilitating pain is not. A good friend of mine missed several days off of work during her last trimester, as she was bed ridden with hip pain. Her doctor soon diagnosed her with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (also known as SPD).
Why do pregnant women suffer from SPD?
Pregnancy and childbirth can re-align a woman’s pelvis in a way that it is out of alignment with the rest of her body. This misalignment can cause discomfort or even incredible amounts of pain in the pelvic region.
Though most women do recover from this pain after childbirth (as the weight and pressure of the baby is no longer present), up to 7% of women may still suffer from any degree of severity of SPD after the birth of their child.
What are some of the symptoms of SPD?
Some of the symptoms of SPD include:
- Pain or discomfort in the pelvic region
- “Clicking” in the lower back and/or hip joints as one walks or changes positions
- Groin, lower abdominal and/or leg pain
- A “waddling” gait
- Pain when standing
- Depression (due to pain and/or discomfort)
How can I relieve my SPD pain?
There are certain techniques you can use to reduce or eliminate the pain you experience from SPD. First, you should:
- Avoid any sort of twisting movements of the body
- Avoid lifting or carrying anything
- Avoid stepping over anything or any straddling movements
To help eliminate the pain while moving, try:
- Bracing the pelvic floor muscles before you perform any activity or motion that you know may result in pain
- Rest and relax your pelvis as much as you possibly can, and place a pillow between your knees
- Sit down as much often as you possibly can
- Bend at the knees rather than bending at the waist
If you are dealing with excruciating pain and none of the above tips help you, there are medicinal options available to you. Be sure to speak to your physician and discuss any side effects the medications may have on both you and your baby before making the decision to take them.
photo by Gosia Lachucik
This information is solely for informational and educational purposes only. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, family planning, child psychology, marriage counseling and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care or mental health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of NaturalFamilyOnline.com or the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, application of medication or any other action involving the care of yourself or any family members which results from reading this site. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Additional information contained in our Legal Statement
In order to view the content on this page, you will need the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Player. Click here to download it.