SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) or PPGP (Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain) is severe pelvic pain which results from excess levels of relaxin softening your pelvic ligaments in preparation for labour and childbirth.
Treatment methods for SPD include:
- Exercise (as recommended by your physiotherapist)
- Acupuncture (by a qualified professional)
- Osteopathy and chiropractic treatment (by a qualified professional)
- A pelvic support belt and/or crutches
Remember to ensure that whoever you are going to for treatment is qualified to work with pregnant women. For this reason, it is imperative that you talk to your healthcare provider to get the best recommendations. Also, the earlier your start treatment the better. As soon as you start to feel any pelvic pain let your doctor or midwife know.