So a quick update – I’m almost certain that what I experienced when pushing the pain barrier in the name of ‘curing my back pain’ on Tuesday at the gym was SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction).

Baby Centre have a very useful post about SPD and here’s what they say it is:

The two halves of your pelvis are connected at the front by a stiff joint called the symphysis pubis. This joint is strengthened by a dense network of tough, flexible tissues, called ligaments. To help your baby pass through your pelvis as easily as possible, your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens the ligaments.

As a result, these joints move more during and just after pregnancy, causing inflammation and pain, known as symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD.

It’s another of those pesky pregnancy symptoms that seem able to strike at any time during pregnancy. Baby Centre say that it rears its ugly head through the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the pubic area and groin (most common and what I was experiencing)
  • Back painpelvic girdle pain or hip pain
  • A grinding or clicking sensation in your pubic area (also have this a bit when moving at night – youch)
  • Pain down the inside of your thighs or between your legs. It can be made worse by parting your legs, walking, going up or down stairs or moving around in bed
  • Worse pain at night. It can stop you sleeping well and getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night can be especially painful

One of the ways to cure this is through physiotherapy but I unfortunately missed the boat with the NHS one in my area by about 15 minutes. Fortunately my instinct of consigning myself to bed for 36 hours has paid off because I feel infinitely better and even managed a wee bit of light exercise this evening. I would highly recommend reading the Baby Center article if you are concerned about this, as it covers how to cure it (most of which you’d probably have to pay for), and more importantly how to prevent it (our friend, the pelvic floor exercise, comes in here!).

And, as I said yesterday…if you feel even the slightest twinge in your special place DO NOT PUSH IT! No more donkey kicks for me, and the back pain? Still there but I’d rather have that any day of the week.