During my pregnancy with Max I was plagued by SPD. I really suffered and I had to re-adjust so many aspects of my daily life in order to cope with the pain and discomfort. Everyday tasks that we take for granted, like sitting or walking up the stairs became a struggle.
With that in mind here’s some of my top tips for coping with SPD during pregnancy:
- if you work in an office environment then speak to your HR department about your furniture at work. I underwent a work space assessment and was given a special chair for the last few months of pregnancy which really helped alleviate the discomfort. I spent 8 hours a day sitting at my desk and never realised the importance of a good chair
- be as active as you can but be mindful not to push yourself too far, know your limits
- try to sleep on your side with your legs bent and a pillow tucked in between your knees. This really helped me to get a more restful nights sleep
- avoid standing on one leg when getting dressed. Instead sit down to pull on your underwear and trousers
- get your swimming costume out and go for a dip. Being in the water worked wonders for me. It’s not a long term solution but for the time you’re in the water you’ll feel weightless and amazing
- ditch the heels and wear flat, more comfortable shoes
- consider using a maternity support belt, this provided me with immediate relief and I really noticed it if I forgot to put it on
- take care not to part your legs wherever possible, particularly when getting in and out of the car or bed
- avoid heavy lifting or pushing
- use a heat patch or hot water bottle on the worst affected areas
If you’re currently suffering with SPD during pregnancy then the most important thing to do is speak to your GP. They may be able to offer additional support and advice or refer you to see a physio. Getting diagnosed as early as possible can help keep the pain to a minimum and avoid long-term discomfort.
*this is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own