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Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD is a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic symphysis, either anterior or lateral, as well as associated pain, possibly because of a misalignment of the pelvis.  

It’s a pregnancy common condition that affect 1 out of 35 women and the ligaments that normally keeps your pelvic aligned become stretchy for the delivery of the baby. The pelvic becomes stretchy and it radiates pain to the upper thighs and perineum.

What Causes Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy women produces many hormones. The hormone we will be talking today about is called Relaxin. This hormone Relaxin helps the fetus grow and makes the ligaments around your pelvic bone relax. 

This hormone plays a major role during pregnancy since it relaxes your ligaments to make your delivery much easier.  If Relaxin starts working to early during the pregnancy it will have the affect of instability and pain in the pelvic region.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD Risk Factors

There are many risk factors with Symphysis Pubis Dysfucntion.  Here are some of the most common risk factors:

  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Poor posture
  • Jolting movements
  • Excessive body weight

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Pain Management

There are many things you can do to manage your pain during Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction during pregnancy.

  • Use a pillow between your legs when sleeping to alleviate some pain.
  • Use a pillow under your bump.
  • Keep your legs parallel when sleeping.
  • When standing up distribute your weight evenly with both legs.
  • Use ice packs to reduce any inflammation.
  • Avoid any straddle movements.
  • When getting dress, try to sit at all times to avoid loosing your balance.
  • Swimming might help relive pressure and help you reduce pain from your joint.
  • Avoid bending over to pick up anything.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Symptoms

These are some of the most common symptoms of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD:

  • Thriving pain in your lower body that tend to feel worse when you lift your legs up
  • Sciatica pain that shoots down your butt and legs
  • Difficulty walking
  • Reduced range of movement in the lower body
  • Pain that increases when you lie on your back or turn over

How Long Does Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Last?

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction usually last till childbirth.  After pregnancy your body stops producing the hormone Relaxin and within time your pelvic joint regain firmness.

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