Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Pain During Pregnancy

What is SPD?

First, lets talk about how your body changes during pregnancy.  Your pelvis becomes more easily moveable getting ready for child birth.  Your body begins releasing a chemical called “relaxin” to loosen ligaments in your body and make the birth process easier.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) can occur in 25% of pregnant women because the pelvis can rotate, move forward or shift to the side causing the fibrocartilage tissue to inflame and cause pain.

What are the symptoms?

Discomfort in the pelvic region (usually the center).  Pain may also occur in your low back, hips, legs and the sacroiliac joint.  You may hear a popping or clicking when walking and have difficulty climbing the stairs.

How can I help?

The Webster Technique has proven to be quite successful when used on my pregnant patients experiencing SPD pain.   It is primarily used to turn breech babies but it also alleviates aches and pains that most pregnant women feel are “normal” during pregnancy.  Relaxin stays in the mother’s system for 9 months after the baby is born.  Keeping the whole body aligned is important so that when the ligaments and bones are now back to pre-pregnancy status, the body functions the way it ought to.  Chiropractic is non-invasive, safe and effective.