Model Roxy Horner has detailed the “excruciating” pain she has been experiencing due to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) ahead of giving birth.
The 32-year-old described on her Instagram Stories the “agonising” pelvic pain she faced as a result of SPD when walking or attempting any movement in her final trimester.
According to the NHS, SPD is common in pregnancies and includes several uncomfortable symptoms caused by stiffness in the pelvis joints or the joints moving unevenly.
Horner shared how she has been in pain after walking or making any movement due to the condition and said her mother Lisa Rae has been looking after her.
Paying tribute to her mother, Horner wrote online: “Thank god for my mumma looking after me during this final trimester. I actually don’t know what I would have done without her.
“Getting everything baby ready with SPD has not been easy but my mumma has really helped me get things organised this last week and I’m starting to feel a bit more at ease with that.
“Just can’t wait to have baby girl here and not feel this way anymore, it really is excruciating to walk or move right but not long to go and apparently all symptoms of SPD go away once bubba arrives.”
Horner also shared a black and white video showing her baby bump and said that a pregnancy belt has helped to manage her symptoms.
She wrote: “Also I’ve only just got myself a pregnancy belt which has helped a lot with SPD, I would highly recommend any pregnant woman getting one ASAP to help avoid getting pelvic pain.”
In another Story, she thanked her female followers for their support after “ignoring” her painful symptoms “for too long”.
She continued: “I’m so grateful for my female followers! It seems a lot of you have also suffered from SPD and can relate.
“From what I’ve learnt so far if you are experiencing pain during pregnancy, get it checked out because I ignored mine for too long thinking that was just normal.
“I kept holding my tummy for support as it was agonising to walk and felt like bub could just fall out!
“Even sleeping is rough but I’ve been told the best thing to do with SPD is rest as much as possible, get a pregnancy support belt, pregnancy pillow, painkillers and see a physio!
“Hope that helps anyone else going through the same thing.”