During pregnancy, up to 71% women will experience pelvic pain. More specifically, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), has been reported in 32% of all pregnant women. It is commonly misdiagnosed and mismanaged – most women who present to my office have told me that their health care provider has told them that it is a pregnancy pain that will just go away after birth. Although it is the case that delivery of your baby will end the sharp discomfort, you do not have to “live with it” while pregnant and, in 25% of cases, this pain is still present 4 months postpartum.
Healthy Moms Blog
Pregnancy is a miraculous and exciting time! It is also a time of great biomechanical stress. Growing a new human is no easy feat. We experience altered rib movement, changes in the position and angle of our spinal curves due to added weight and changes in weight distribution – our center of gravity moves forward, we have compromised core strength and stability due to muscular stretching and weakening, and add on top of all of that the laxity in our joints due to the hormone relaxin which softens and loosens our ligaments so that we can widen to grow and deliver a baby.
This scene always makes me laugh! It makes me equally sad at the same time. It seems like whenever women are being honest about their pregnancies, it comes across as though we are destined to turn into waddling, uncomfortable complainers.
I confess I'm a huge Instagram fan. Beautiful pictures inspire me, from the restoration of 1950's farmhouses, to vintage interiors, new raw vegan meals, to world travel with kiddies in tow. I enjoy reading the captions carefully crafted by those that I follow – who doesn't love a little peek into other people lives? I'll admit it: scrolling through my Instagram feed is my guilty pleasure before going to bed at night.
It may just be because I’m pregnant (baby number 4 is due July) that I’m drawn to the seemingly endless beautiful pictures of pregnant women popping up on my feed daily, at the moment. These women appear positively glowing, confident, exuding health and happiness with tanned shapely bumps, sporting sun dresses with thoughtful expressions and protective hands on their bumps.
Maternity photography is now a huge industry, with women, couples, and families keen to capture precious memories before their new babies arrive. But what if our bodies are not shimmering with hormones, or sporting perfectly formed baby bumps? How do these pictures affect our self image? How do they make us feel about our own pregnant bodies?
Statistics show that approximately 4% of babies end up in a breech position at full term. If this is you, it can be all-consuming and very discouraging, especially if you have your heart set on a vaginal delivery. Know that there is still hope that your babe can get into the head down (vertex) position.
Your doctor or midwife may recommend an ECV (external cephalic version) to turn the baby manually. You can use these techniques in preparation to make the ECV go more smoothly- or ideally, these techniques will help you to avoid needing the ECV at all.