Post # 1
I am 20 weeks and I have had a great pregnancy so far. I am active and run about 20-30 miles per week. This past week I have self-diagnosed with SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) – I will talk to my doctor about it at my next appointment in a week.
This has only happened recently. It does not happen during my normal day events, I only notice it after longer runs (8 miles+). It never hurts during the run but when I get back to my house it’s like I have been riding a horse with no saddle and no clothes on at a trot for five hours. It will usually subside within a day (I typically run every other day).
I spent some time googling it and naturally ran across some horror stories so I have myself all worked up. I see there is not a lot you can do about it other than to rest. I’m not a rest-er…lol. Sitting still kills me. I can switch to swimming but it would suck – after all I can go running right from my house…to get to a pool would take a good 25 mins so it’s not convenient. Plus, I’ve really had my eye on some races this fall. I suppose I can run less mileage but I would feel like I’m letting myself down. I know I should be easier on myself during pregnancy but whatever.
I am curious, those of you who are active (not just running but whatever) and have SPD, did you continue to work through it…did a symphysis belt help, did you see a chiro, etc…or did you just table/scale back the exercise?
I was really hoping to still be running good distance well into my third tri
Post # 2
Oh gosh. I think you are going to have to rest. I know how you feel, I’m only 9 wks and starting to suffer from some pretty bad lower back pain after my fitness classes. I know my back just can’t handle some of the tougher moves anymore. I’m prone to low back pain due to fractures from a vehicle rollover as a teen. It is killing me to lounge around and rest. Put it in perspective though, this is only for a short time, then after the baby you can go hardcore again. You can still do plenty of gentle exercise that will keep you fit and healthy. I would forget about the races. This is not the time to focus on your body in that type of a way. You need to redirect your attention towards making your body the most comfortable habitat for your little one, not challenging yourself by competing. Hit the pool. My gym is 20 min away and I go almost everyday. Where I live it is too hot to be active outdoors most of the summer. I know it sucks, but seriously, you have just realize your body is temporarily not the rockstar muscle machine it might usually be and just dial it down for a few months : )
Post # 3
almondjoy: I know this is not what you want to hear, but I’d probably try to switch to some lower impact activity. Maybe try running in the pool (even though it is a bit of a drive) for a week or two and see if that makes a difference? I was running solid distance until about 24 weeks (even did a 10 mile race at week 22). Now that I’m almost 35 weeks, I am still plugging along but at a MUCH slower pace, more walk breaks (I walk about 30 seconds every 5 minutes) and rarely run more than 4 miles. I know some women run more/further than that up to their due date, but I have to listen to my body and know that I am doing what is best for me right now. Long distances and marathons will always be there post baby!
Post # 4
almondjoy: I haven’t had a baby yet, but I am a distance runner and have had hip/public issues and I can tell you that you can do some serious permanent damage if you run throug it, especially during pregnancy. I would be careful!!!