How soon after giving birth did your SPD disappear?

(35 Posts)
atrcts Sun 31-Mar-13 08:40:54

The reason I ask is that I developed SPD after forceps delivery with my first baby and had not experienced any problems at all during the pregnancy. I had Physio and the pain stayed with me until my son's second birthday when it finally went fully.

I am pregnant with my second, and this time round I developed mild SPD at about 22 weeks which is slowly worsening. Having never experienced it actually IN PREGNANCY before (only after giving birth), I don't really know what range of recovery I can expect.

Also not sure whether the fact I'll be having a CS this time round will make any difference? At least any difference other than no more dreaded forceps damage!!!

Tobermory Sun 31-Mar-13 08:47:29

sad for you. IME SPD is so tough.

For me, the pain disappeared with my CS, both times. Had it in both pregnancies from about 16 weeks, unable to walk from 22. It went completely as soon as baby appeared. My eldest is now 6, I get twinges sometimes when sitting cross-legged or when period time other than that not a thing. grin

Have you got a support belt thingy?

PieceOfTheMoon Sun 31-Mar-13 08:49:34

I had SPD in my first pregnancy, it wasn't too bad by about 6 months after my son was born, but still had a few niggles up to 12 months or so.

I've had it worse in this pregnancy so considering seeing a chiropractor once I've had the baby.

Good luck with your pregnancy, might be worth seeing a physio to help with the SPD (although tbh I didn't find it much help!)

DolomitesDonkey Sun 31-Mar-13 08:53:20

Almost immediately although it took 9 months for my pelvis to stop crunching when I turned over in bed.

DolomitesDonkey Sun 31-Mar-13 08:54:07

Ignore UK NHS physio advice - absolute tosh. Keeping your knees clamped together is the worst advice ever. confused Pay to see someone decent.

Flojobunny Sun 31-Mar-13 08:54:50

Once I stopped bf. It's the main reason I stopped.

Flojobunny Sun 31-Mar-13 08:56:54

Physio gave me a belt which helped and some crutches which I didn't use blush

atrcts Sun 31-Mar-13 09:05:24

Yes I had a belt which helps ease things very slightly. To be honest I didn't find Physio all that helpful, and I went to a chiropractor who helped a little but only temporarily and I had to keep going back regularly for months on end.
It's nice to hear CS was immediate recovery! That would be wonderful.

MummyPig24 Sun 31-Mar-13 09:09:03

I had spd with my second pregnancy, it wasn't severe, but very uncomfortable. It disappeared as soon as baby was born. It was amazing to be able to turn over in bed that night pain free.

Hermionewastherealhero Sun 31-Mar-13 09:19:49

Straight after my c section, I got up 17 hrs later and could walk without pain!

MrsJaqenHgar Sun 31-Mar-13 09:30:00

Mine was much better after birth but it was only after I stopped BFing that I could kneel down/get up without pain. Now 9 months post birth and I can still hear it crunch occasionally when I turn over in bed and I had a bit if pain a few days ago caused by walking around in heels all day for the first time since before the birth.

MiaowTheCat Sun 31-Mar-13 09:42:25

Almost immediately with my second birth (my first they were so stirrup happy they had my knees somewhere around my ears so I got left with long-term issues in my hips) - it reappeared a little bit after a few days of walking around on those very hard hospital ward floors but seems to be back under control again now.

Jollyb Sun 31-Mar-13 14:38:52

Immediately. The pain from my CS scar was so much more bearable than the pain from my SPD. I felt like a new woman!

Manchesterhistorygirl Sun 31-Mar-13 14:42:03

Ds2 is 2.4 almost, I still struggle, some days worse than others, but no day totally pain free. I still bf. if I stop will it help? I also find it especially bad when my period is due.

I'm considering stopping bf and going back on the combined pill.

atrcts Sun 31-Mar-13 14:52:22

I have read that hormones influence the "relaxin" which is responsible for the SPD in pregnancy, and that many people report some mild symptoms around the menstrual cycle each month. Personally I only breastfed for 1 year and continued to have some SPD symptoms for another year after that, although to be fair it did reduce a bit more over time, until it finally went altogether.

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt it is) then it makes sense that breastfeeding will influence the SPD-related hormones still, as it keeps the pregnancy type hormones going longer.

landofsoapandglory Sun 31-Mar-13 15:00:46

I am afraid to say mine has never gone away. DS2 is 16.3 now, so I have been suffering for the best part of 17 years! I have had to have major surgery three times on the front of my pelvis, and twice on my SI joints. I haven't been able to walk unaided since I was 19 weeks pregnant. About every 3 months I have multiple steroid injections into my pelvis under GA.

My pain always get worse when my period is due. Today is a particularly bad day for some reason, I haven't a clue why, but I am nearly in tears with the pain!sad

Manchesterhistorygirl Sun 31-Mar-13 16:47:34

That's horrid for you. hmm Do you find the weather affects it too? I find in very cold and damp weather I'm in agony. Which means this winter has been super fun. <sarcastic face>

Lily311 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:00:37

Straight away. Normal delivery but long labour.

glub Mon 01-Apr-13 22:56:31

i got spd with my second thanks to trudging round with a guitar. disappeared soon enough not to be a bother. hope yours clears up just fine!

whatsoever Tue 02-Apr-13 20:11:41

I got SPD late on in my pregnancy (just as the meralgia parasthetica that plagues the first 7.5 months went).

I was in hospital for a week after I had DS and it was pretty much gone by the time I got home.

Pollaidh Tue 02-Apr-13 20:44:26

SPD in first pregnancy started around 10 weeks, on crutches by 5 and a half months, weekly physio. I was also in really good shape before getting pregnant. After giving birth they put me in stirrups to do repairs, that made it even worse. Still on crutches for a couple of months after birth. Pain slowly decreased but definite improvement once I stopped breastfeeding. However for 2 years after birth still limping, couldn't walk more than about 30 minutes without pain, more pain in second half of the month.

Now pregnant with second, kept doing physio and pilates etc between pregnancies and so far with this one. At 15 weeks starting to limp and struggle. Think it's been a bit better because I continued with pilates in first trimester with this one. Expecting crutches later though. Have been offered c-section for other reasons and although haven't decided yet, the benefits of a shorter pregnancy and no stirrups are persuading me. Also during last birth my mobile tailbone was partially dislocated and have not been able to sit easily since, so would avoid that.

Manchesterhistorygirl Tue 02-Apr-13 21:40:34

I wish is taken the offered elcs offered to me with ds2, labour really didn't help matters.

Can I remind you ladies to not over do it, I put my pelvis out today whilst swimming. I've decided to give up bf and am gradually weaning ds2 now, I need to start recovering my health more and he's 2.4 now.

Pollaidh Wed 03-Apr-13 13:08:19

Manchester hopefully you know not to do breast stroke while suffering SPD? It will make the pelvis situation worse and possibly put your pelvis out...

Manchesterhistorygirl Wed 03-Apr-13 21:30:12

Apparently so. confused

Chunderella Sun 07-Apr-13 10:24:31

I had it to a moderate degree in pregnancy, nothing too awful. Still get twinges now, DD is 8 months.

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