What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction is a common pain during pregnancy that occurs in the pelvic area and can be very intense.
The symphysis is a joint (hard cartilage) that joins the bones of the pelvis and that, during pregnancy, can widen due to hormonal or mechanical factors. The pain that occurs in this joint is typical of pregnancy. The problem is when the separation of this joint after delivery exceeds 10-13 mm, then it becomes pathological.
What are the symptoms?
- Extremely intense pain in the pelvic area
- Lower back pain that radiates into the abdomen, groin area, thigh, and/or leg
- Pain when you make certain movements like putting weight on one leg or when spreading your legs apart
- Pain with regular daily movements like walking, rolling over in bed, going up or downstairs, bending forward, or getting up from a seated position
- Hearing or feeling a snapping, clicking, or grinding in the lower pelvis area
- Pain during sex
Can I relieve the pain?
Of course, you can. If you’ve been diagnosed there are some recommendations that might help but the best thing to do is prevention. How? Maintaining yourself active and fit before, during and after pregnancy. If you work to strengthen your Pelvic Floor you might be able to avoid pathologies like Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.
Recommendations to relieve the pain:
– Doing exercises to strengthen your Pelvic Floor. We have specific programs for that and you might also be interested in our blog post: How does pregnancy affect my pelvic floor?
– Massages. Getting massages from a professional or you at home can relieve a little bit the pain.
– Using supportive pillows while you rest or sleep.
– Wearing a pelvic support belt.
– Resting and applying ice and/or heat.
– Taking pain relief medications if a professional recommends it.
How to prevent it
As mentioned, the only way to prevent it it’s exercising and keeping your body as fit as possible before pregnancy. Strengthening your pelvic floor and preparing your body for all the changes that would experience.
With exercise, you can prepare your body for conceiving, ensure a safe and fun pregnancy, get ready for delivery, have a proper postpartum recovery, and of course enjoy a permanent healthy lifestyle.