Send me your labor dust 🙂 I will be 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I am so ready to be done. Some of you know i have Symphsis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), some are wondering what the heck I am talking about. The symphysis pubis, or pubic bone, consists of two separate bones that form an arch and are connected in the middle by cartilage. It is located at the bottom of the abdomen, above the vagina. Sometimes during pregnancy the cartilage holding the two halves of the pubic bone together is torn. This is very painful and makes walking difficult. Unfortunately, a separated symphysis, as this is called, is difficult to treat; unlike a broken arm or leg, it cannot be put in a cast. Bedrest is the only treatment, although special girdles can help stabilize the entire pelvis and decrease discomfort.
It can take anywhere from several weeks to a few months for a separated symphysis to heal. The recurrence with subsequent pregnancies is fairly high. Cesarean sections do not prevent a separated symphysis, as the separation occurs long before labor even starts.
I developed this at about 20 weeks pregnant it started to bother me, by Jan 4th i had to take my maternity leave from work because i could no longer do my job as it had me on my feet for 6 hours or more a day.
Now it has gotten so bad that i can barely walk, my husband has to help me off the couch, i have to use my hands to lift my legs into bed and everytime in the night i roll over i wake up so i have not slept fit and comfortablly in over a month. The worst part of it all is that I cannot get down on the floor and play with my 19 month old daughter even because it hurts too much to get down and up.
We have our induction date for this baby set for March 31st although i would love to go into labor on my own before then, hence my begging for labor dust :).