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Who do we Help:

We don't just help the SPD victims, but we are here for their families and friends too.

Sometimes it is hard for those without SPD to understand it and how it can effect people.

Imagine this:

It's the best day of your life, as you have found out that you are pregnant.

Lots of exciting thoughts are going through your head as to how you will manage this pregnancy and stop smoking and/or drinking and eating all those veggies and avoiding those cheeses and seafood.

As well as imagining what this little wonder may look like, will it be more you, blue or brown eyes. 

For many of us we are not prepared for what may happen in a couple of weeks or months time.


SPD stands for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and is also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain. It occurs when your body is full of hormones rushing through your system and your body is doing it's best to adapt for the birth. The pelvis is an important part of this as your baby must fit through this as well as your vagina to be born.

In order to get ready for the birth the symphysis pubis section of the pelvis widens, approx 7mm or so, to allow the baby's head through first. 

But all these hormones are making your joints so flexible and relaxed, sometimes your pelvis will not be able to cope and stay the size it is supposed to be and this is when it stretches more so that the symphysis pubis section, exceeds 10mm.

This is why it was first named Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.

However, any kind of SPD reduces your mobility, to anything from crutches to wheelchairs. This is also along with the agonising pains that start occuring as a result. The pains are not just at the Symphysis Pubis hence it being referred to as Pelvic Girdle Pain.

It effects all around the pelvis, the ligaments in and around the pelvis and muscles. Pain internally in the vaginal walls, pain in the coccyx and when sitting down on the edge of something or on flat hard surfaces. Pain from under the bottom of the bum cheeks all down to the back of your knees, same on the front to your knees. Lower back pain, and a feeling of heavyness and much more.

This is when help is needed by friends and family.

And help may be needed longer term if the SPD does not cease. 

Please see the FAQ for general tips on how to help yourself, and the help yourself campaign to see which stage of help you are at and what you need to do next.

Sometimes women like myself have a condition they are not aware of, and this can cause early and/or more severe forms of SPD, and without manual therapy during pregnancy, it can be lifelong.

Depending on how wide the gap is and how much the pelvis misaligns, some may be eligable for surgery. I am close to the point where they agree surgery, but because I am close and not there, I cannot have surgery.

There may be different types of surgery offered and this website is not a substitute from seeing medical professionals. We are here to support you throughout pregnancy and with SPD, but you do still need to have medical help and support throughout these times too.

When you feel like you are not being acknowledged or listened to, we can help more then, and with how to help you with how the SPD effects you as an individual. Nobody is the same, hence the 1 on 1 support will differ between different people and we need to know a little bit about how it is effecting you etc. before we can help in detail.

Other things that can help is creating a blog of your experiences, and here is one blog that I set up that has all websites to do with SPD, *blog* my true story of how SPD effected me and my family, midwifery studies, help creating birthing plans and a lot more.

Friends are important, invite them over more if you cannot see them as much, still go shopping but try and use the scooters if you need to, so you can get around still.

Because it is difficult, we have made sure you are not alone.

Contact us anytime at:


or see contact us for more details.

REMEMBER what all this is for:

... your child. : )