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When I debated whether or not I wanted a third baby, it didn’t occur to me that I might end up wrecking my body in the process. I wondered whether I was pushing my luck having another baby at advance maternal age, and I worried about having a healthy baby. I did not think about myself. But, now that she’s here and I love her a ton, I am dealing with some after effects of a third pregnancy and pushing my body possibly too far.
During each pregnancy I have dealt with SPD which stands for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. It’s common during pregnancy and it usually goes away as soon as you give birth. But, this time I still had some pelvic pain after having my baby. I asked my OB about it at the six week mark and she did not seem concerned. I tried to ignore it and went on with life.
Around 8 weeks postpartum I decided to start exercising again. I bought some BeachBody On Demand programs and instead of easing myself into it I pushed and went as hard as I could. Yeah, I wanted to lose the baby weight and I wanted to lose it quickly. This was pretty dumb on my part. I mean you know after three babies back to back it’s not going to be quick. And, I am breastfeeding so I know I cannot cut back calories too much or my supply might drop.
I followed the program for about a month and it was great, I lost several pounds, and then one day I decided I didn’t need the modified moves anymore. I attempted something called sprawls in P90. Look, if you are recovering from SPD, do not do this! This move involves jumping on the ground while sprawling out your legs and then hopping back up. Sort of like a burpee but different.
The next day I was walking and felt the most excruciating, electrifying pain which felt like it was coming from inside of me. I continued to feel this pain almost daily for two weeks. I could not walk or function when it was occuring and that’s pretty hard with three children under my care. I went to the ER twice, my OB, my primary care Dr. and had an MRI.
I ended up with physical therapy and it was discovered that in addition to recovering from SPD I had an upslip, a term to describe when one side of the pelvis is higher than the other, and some asymmetrical tilt to my pelvis. I know that P90 sprawl had something to do with it (sorry BeachBody, I loved it while it lasted). According to my therapist doing that kind of work while not fully healed from child birth was not smart. I know it now, but wow I had no idea how bad it would be. After almost two months of pain I am slowly getting back to normal.
So let this be a warning, take it easy after child birth. Don’t push yourself, especially if you are dealing with SPD or other ailments during pregnancy. It can be hard on the psyche to put our bodies through so much and not be able to bounce back quickly. Let me know, did you deal with SPD after pregnancy?