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09/05/2013 at 09:21
Just looking for a bit of advice...
As I enter 3rd tri on monday I have been thinking about labour a bit more,
I am suffering with severe SPD, am pretty much housebound - I can manage the school run (read as hobble!) on my crutches, a 2 minute walk pre SPD and am still getting about in short bursts where possible but mostly need to use a wheelchair!
The only position I am comfortable in is sitting in my poang chair with a footstool, and there is generally just a lot of pain!
Now to the labour - in an ideal world I am hoping for a home birth, but realistically can see me having to go to hospital :( it doesn't help that hubby is very worried about a home birth incase of complications...
The pain I have is unbearable a lot of the time and I am starting to feel quite worried that I will be unable to find a comfortable position to labour in, equally I am really not keen on having pain relief other than gas and air.
I am starting to think I will end up having a c section... :(
So if you have had SPD, how did you find labour? What did you find comfortable if anything? Did you give birth naturally?
09/05/2013 at 12:51
I had a natural labour with SPD (nowhere near as severe as yours sounds though) and although it hurt in the early stages when I was using my ball etc, once I went into hospital I didn't notice the SPD
09/05/2013 at 13:23
I had mild spd and forgot i had it once contractions kicked in. Maybe give Hepburn a shout as she really suffered and had a natural labour x
09/05/2013 at 15:57
Thankyou, yes I had thought of Hepburn as I know she suffered badly from a previous post, I will edit the title and see if she spots it :D
09/05/2013 at 18:12
I was the same as MaiseMoo and garfield in that once my labour got going all I felt was the contractions and not the SPD. X
09/05/2013 at 20:13
I had horrid SPD, although not quite as bad as you it sounds. I delivered naturally with a very straight forward birth. I had planned to have a water birth but there wasn't time in the end. My MW actually recommended water as it would help take my weight and i could easily move into whatever position was comfy for my SPD. I noticed the SPD pain early on but once it got going properly in hospital i didn't at all. After the birth i'd actually forgotten about it until my H ask me how the SPD pain was.
09/05/2013 at 22:30
Hi, I did suffer with awful SPD but I don't think it was nearly as bad as yours you poor thing. It's awful.
Firstly I am going to preach about acupuncture, honestly without it I am sure I'd have been as bad as you. Acupuncture meant I could get about and minimize the codeine. If you've not tried it then make sure you do.
My SPD went in waves so I'd have a flare up and then it'd ease off. Then at 38 weeks I was totally written off and bedridden with it all of a sudden. I too worried about how I'd labour as I couldn't even get myself into bed.
When Miss Iris' head engaged the pain totally changed for me though, at almost 40 weeks, it was as though the he'd engaging helped lock my pelvic bones and the pain really eased. I still dreaded labour but the pain was definitely less and I had read that SPD by its nature means that your pelvis is more 'loose' making the actual pushing stage quite quick.
When it came to it my labour was fairly textbook. I didn't even think about the SPD. I made it through the early stages by bouncing on my ball and then the later stages in the pool with gas and air. Once they could see her head she arrived in about 4-5 contractions it was so quick. From when my contractions started to when she was born was just 9h12mins and I only got to hospital 1h40m before she arrived, preferring my home comforts until then!
You should absolutely use the pool if you can. It takes the weight and makes it all so much 'lighter'. I can understand your H's concerns but having SPD doesn't increase risks of home birth I don't think and in a lot of ways it'll mean you can be more relaxed and get into comfy positions for you.
Honestly the SPD does go as soon as baby comes. I was saying to H earlier this evening that its hard to believe that 4 weeks ago I couldn't get myself into bed or take my own socks off, or even sit with my toddler on my knee to read a story, as soon as she arrive I could do all of those things again!
I really feel for you. SPD is hideous. Try acupuncture if you can though xx
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