The pubic symphysis (symphysis pubic or pubis) is the midline cartilaginous joint uniting the left and right pubic bones (right between the legs at the front). I’m very interested in this joint within the context of pregnancy, birthing and post natally. Personally I’ve had my own experience of symphysis pubis pain during all 3 of my pregnancies and it really slows you down. I’m writing this article to inform pregnant ladies of the risks and future implications. I believe many women do not understand the importance of being very careful when it comes to pubic symphysis pain, nor the potential future issues should this joint split. I found walking stairs were really painful, wearing a backpack made things much worse and there really wasn’t anything that improves your lot until the baby is born.
Here are a few things that might help:
What if things get worse?
If things get worse it might be Diastasis symphysis pubis. This is the separation of normally joined pubic bones at the front of the pelvis, as in the dislocation of the bones, without a fracture. This is bad news ladies; once those bones detach from each other you have something that just does not fix readily.
This happened to a friend of mine and she was on crutches from 6 months into her (second) pregnancy… and then for 2 years after that. She was on anti-inflammatories for years and had to really modify her life. Here are some things that improved her life:
Even with a dedication to this routine she has flare-ups. The last one has put her back on crutches, and it’s 7 years since she had her last baby.
I’m not telling you any of this to scare you, but if you have pubic symphysis pain enough to find this article, you probably need to know the potential seriousness that comes with it. Having said that, diastasis of the symphysis pubis is not that common – so get your symptoms checked early in the piece. Even being mildly inflicted with pubic symphysis discomfort can be quite uncomfortable indeed!