My denial, that is. So it is official. Despite my lame attempts at ignoring my symptoms I officially have a “pregnancy complication.” It is scary to admit and I spent much time ignoring the pain because I didn’t want my midwife to refer me out to an OB or something. The pain was getting worse though not better so I didn’t want to jeopardize the baby.
I have SPD – symphysis pubis disorder. The symphysis joint is where the two bones of your pelvis meet in the front. We call it the pubic bone but it is actually two bones that meet in the middle with a ligament. This ligament normally relaxes and spreads during pregnancy. In some people it spreads too much and/or becomes misaligned. This cause intense pain. It hurts to walk and get up and down from a sitting position. The worst is rolling over in bed. I have to do it with my knees together and it hurts sooo bad. I really aggravated the pain when I was in NYC a few weeks ago. So, I took it easy for a few days hoping it would calm down instead it got worse and worse. I finally broke down and went into the midwife.
She has referred me to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy. Apparently there is a specific adjustment that can relieve the pain associated with SPD. Unfortunately my insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care. 😦 In January I’m changing plans and it will be covered but until then it is out-of-pocket. I have an appointment next Monday so hopefully I can afford the frequency of treatment until January. Sometimes I guess this treatment is a miracle cure and other times it just helps people function. My primary goal is to manage the misalignment so that it won’t effect my labor and delivery. Some women need a C-section to avoid worsening the problem. In the meantime I will also be working from home. This really seems to help because I can work in a comfortable position with my feet up.
Anyways, all worrying aside this is really not that big a deal. THE BABY IS WONDERFUL. That’s what really matters. Of course I wanted to have an easy-as-pie pregnancy but cest la vie. This is manageable. This is worth it.