A big THANK YOU to commenter MaryM who suggested in a comment this weekend that I may have developed SPD, Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. I haven’t run this by my OB yet, but a quick look at it makes it sound VERY promising. The good news? It’s primarily a pregnancy disorder, and it typically resolves a few months to a year after giving birth. The bad news? It can return every month just before one’s period. LOVELY. Oh, and it gets WORSE with every pregnancy. As I was on almost-complete bed rest for over 7 months with this one, I think I’ll stop.
Here’s a good explanation of SPD: http://www.babycenter.com.au/pregnancy/antenatalhealth/physicalhealth/pelvicpain/. This article gives more of a human view: http://www.eparenting.co.uk/pandb/spd.shtml. The woman in the story could be my twin, our experiences are so similar. Eerie!
I’d be happy to swap stories with anyone else who thinks they’ve experienced this sort of pain during pregnancy. It was an incredible experience for me, and I don’t think I’ll ever quite forget it. So, anyone out there googling “pelvic pain in pregnancy,” “lower abdomen pain pregnancy,” or even “abdominal pain while nursing,” welcome to my blog — and please leave a comment so we can chat! My whole “back pain and bed rest” story can be found in this series of postings if you’re interested, but I can tell you that it all turns out just fine.