QI have symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and have been prescribed pain medication. Are there any natural alternatives?
AAntenatal physiotherapist Lisa Westlake says: With SPD, pregnancy hormones increase ligament laxity, allowing extra movement in the large pelvic joints. This can make them susceptible to inflammation and pain, varying from the occasional mild niggle to being significantly debilitating.
There is plenty you can do to manage SPD. Avoid movement that shifts your weight from side to side or twists the pelvis and keepeep your knees together as you get up and down off the flfloor floor or roll over in bed. Switch or stick to low-impact exercise such as swimming (but avoid the breaststroke ‘frog’ kick).
A women’s health physiotherapist can offer pain management options such as icing techniques, and specifific specific exercises to strengthen your pelvic flfloor, floor, core and other muscles that provide pelvic stability. She may also fifit fit you with a supportive pelvic belt or suggest wearing pressure support shorts or leggings.