Zoe Foster Blake’s post on pregnancy pain is a must-read for parents

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While she is obviously cute as a button and definitely sharp as a tack, you might not know that Zoe Foster Blake (who married funny dude Hamish Blake and mum to Sonny) is ALSO utterly hurting like the dickens, battling chronic pelvic pain during her first pregnancy and – to a much lesser degree – in her second. Ugh. 

My second pregnancy has been a loooot better than my first. So, Iโ€™ve written a pretty boring, novel-length post about it, or more specifically, about pubic/pelvic pain in pregnancy, which messed me up the first time, but didn't this time, thanks to pilates, osteopathy, lots of dull at-home exercises and a spell from a lovely white witch named Brenda. The crux is: I didnโ€™t know pelvic pain was A Thing, and I paid dearly for my ignorance. So: if you are a first time preggo, or know someone who is and who is in pain, please piff them the link in my bio. If you are neither pregnant nor care about this, please have a nuclear-strength margarita and some sushi for all of us who canโ€™t. Many thanks. ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช

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Pesky pubis

Now belly-deep in growing baby number two, Zoe’s shared some excellent information about how she’s managing her pregnancy pain, hoping to help other bellysome mums avoid a similar ouchy fate.

Zoe’s first pregnancy involved a debilitating case of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) which escalated, resulting in a fractured pubis, amongst other harrowing and painful conditions.

“What started as some spicy, achey hip/groin/pubic pain from week 24, was deemed pelvic girdle pain, or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), which is common when youโ€™re gestating. But mine developed into a fractured pubis, and then osteitis pubis, eventuating in crutches at week 31 until birth.”

Ugh. Night-mare.

Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) is a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic symphysis, either anterior or lateral, as well as associated pain, possibly because of a misalignment of the pelvis. Most commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth, it is diagnosed in approximately 1 in 300 pregnancies, although some estimates of incidence are as high as 1 in 50 – source

Once bitten

Second time ’round Zoe’s still suffering pelvic pain – but it’s a stock standard, garden variety case of SPD this time. No escalating pubises making their presence felt, this time. Still ouchy, but not quite so severe.

“I was shitting myself about this pregnancy, but itโ€™s been good. I feel in control, and strong, Iโ€™m not just โ€˜sucking it upโ€™, and I have people now if I need help.”

“One thing I learned about chronic pain is that a lot of it is mental. Re-adjusting my attitude was imperative,” she wrote on her blog.

Don’t suck it up

Zoe’s on a mission to raise awareness of the high likelihood of pelvic pain in pregnancy, in the hope that women who are suffering realise there are ways to address and alleviate it.

“This is what really grinds my gears: pelvic pain is possible, even probable when youโ€™re pregnant, but it is totally manageable with professional treatment and the right exercises,” Zoe wrote on her blog, sending out a rescue flare and reassuring virtual cup of tea to expectant women who might be in the same boat.

This mum-of-one-and-a-bit has heaps of helpful advice (click here!) on how she’s managed to stay as comfy as possible during her second pregnancy – including specialist pilates, a magical osteopath, massage and supplements.

It sounds like a living gosh-darned hell, to be honest, and it’s very lucky that there is an adorable baby to snuggle at the end of it – otherwise you’d be tempted to punch your pelvis in the face.


Click here to read Zoe’s funny, informed and comprehensive post about pain during pregnancy . Your pregnant – or possibly oon-to-be pregnant – pelvis will thank you.

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