Pregnancy and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD - NeuroBalance Chiropractic

Pregnancy and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD

Symphysis pubis pain is very common in pregnancy and if you had SPD in your first pregnancy you are more likely to experience the same pain but the symptoms will often come on earlier the second/ third time round. Most women will find that pain relief medication will not have any effect. We have helped many women with SPD during their pregnancies and the key to help resolve or manage it, is good alignment of the pelvic structure. We can not only help you to find out the main cause of the pubic pain but also give you strategies and tools to help you get pain relief and enable you to have a more comfortable pregnancy and birth.  

Some aches and pains are a normal part of most pregnancies, but only mothers who have been through SPD or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction can only understand the kind of pain and discomfort involved. Many pregnant women complain about pelvic pain, which normally range from minor ache to serious debilitating sensation around the back down to the belly. Some women with SPD can hardly walk and find often the most basic of tasks very difficult and painful.

Pelvic pain mostly happens in the final trimester where the baby drops into the pelvic region in preparation for labor although it can also happen at any point in the pregnancy even after delivery. During pregnancy, the body releases the hormone Relaxin which relaxes the joints, muscles, and ligaments in the body so there will be more room for the baby to pass through the birth canal. So when there is too much movement of the pelvic joints (specifically the symphysis pubis) possibly from misalignment, a condition called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction develops.

If you’re suffering from SPD, remind yourself that you are not alone. Approximately, one out five pregnant women will experience some degree of SPD and only 7% are considered severe condition where the joint actually dislocates or separates (Diastasis Symphysis Pubis, DSP). SPD symptoms can build up gradually which makes it difficult for mothers to pinpoint exactly the level of discomfort and pain felt from the condition. Perhaps, one relevant question is ‘What should I do, and is is safe for the baby?’

We have helped many women with groin/ pubis pain during their pregnancies and you can be assured that it is safe and very effective. We often have midwifes and doulas’ referring to us because they know how effective chiropractic treatment can be.


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