So, I just announced to the world that I am expecting. That’s right. THE expecting. Ya know, with a little bundle of joy. Yeah. So along with that comes the fun of mood swings, fatigue, and my little friend SPD.
SPD stands for symphysis pubis disorder. It’s a fun little physical side effect that some women get when they’re pregnant. It means that your pubic bone, which has cartilage down the middle of it, starts to separate because of all the relaxin in your body. I started feeling it at 20 weeks with Clare and now, at 11 weeks, I’m already feeling it with this one. It can be painful and very uncomfortable. It can make walking, bending, going up stairs, etc… very painful.
The stuff you’ll find online about this generally tells you to minimize it by keeping your legs together at all times, when getting in and out of the car, when getting out of bed, not sitting cross legged on the floor, taking the stairs one at a time….blah blah blah. That stuff doesn’t really help all that much. When I was pregnant with Clare I went to the chiropractor and had a special adjustment done that would help a little bit for short term. I had trouble walking which means I did very little of it. If you know anything about pregnancy you’ll know that exercise while pregnant can do a lot of good. Staying active helps improve mood and can shorten labor time as well as help you from getting as big as a blimp. I did not do that. I gained 60 lbs and I was in labor for 24 hours and I pushed for 4 hours. I am going to do everything within my power to prevent that from happening again.
However, I’m already sore after every walk, even short distances. Let me tell you, it ain’t fun.
This time around I am trying physical therapy. I’ve heard that it can do wonders. And my first session is this morning. I’m excited to see what the doctor has to say.