Understanding Pubic Symphysis for pregnancy

Of course, pregnancy brings all different types of physical and emotional changes. Books tell you all about them, friends tell you vivid versions of them, internet gives you realistic visuals of them, then we think we know them all. But do we really?

I remember having bizarre pain on my pubic bone (Alas! at least I knew that term in English), shortly after giving a birth to my baby. It was sharp, focused pain and lasted about a week and gone. I had no idea what it is and didn’t even know I could feel pain on that part of my body. I forgot about it until it came back after first postpartum running. It was quite depressing to have it back not because it was painful but because I had no idea what it is, and didn’t know how to get help, or even whether it will go away or not.

As usual as a yoga practitioner, I did simple bridge pose with blocks between my knees and Kegels. Fortunately, the pain disappeared but mystery remained. I didn’t even bother to mention it to other people, of course except my husband, because I just simply didn’t know WHAT IT IS!

During pre/postnatal yoga theory class, my teacher, Ley mentioned Pubic Symphysis and showed a photo of it, and then finally I knew that source of my pain. The pain came from THE joint, not the bone. Well, duh! How can you feel pain on bone where there are no nerves?

So, what is it?

It happens when the ligaments that normally keep your pelvic bone aligned during pregnancy become too relaxed and stretchy. This, in turn, can make the pelvic joint — aka the symphysis pubis — unstable, causing some pretty strange sensations and bizarre pain.

In my case, it came after giving birth and fortunately went away soon, but in some cases, it can be more severe and stubborn. Kegel exercises and Pelvic tilt can be helpful to improve the symptom, or in worse cases, pain killer.

Its cause can be anything, in my case, it could be the forceps assisted delivery. Actually, the most common cause is the unknown cause. However, there is this hormone called, Relaxin behind all these causes since its mission is to make your ligaments stretchy so your baby can ease his or her way into the world. Sometimes relaxin does its job too well and it can cause some bad pains in our joints, especially when it is combined with our desire to stretch ourselves further and further. So! Pregnant Yoginis! Let’s remember to use only 70% of our flexibility and use the power of being patient for healthier and pain-free postnatal body.

 

Jenna – Pre/Postnatal TTC 2015