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    There seems to be a link between pregnancy and PFD. Can it cause PFD? What if you have PFD already, will the pregnancy make it worse? Can there be complications if you have PFD and get pregnant? Are there any therapies specifically for pregnant women with PFD?

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    I have pfd, but I don't know the answers to your question. I hope some one can answer them for you. Please ask your gyn about your concerns.
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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    • #3
      I have heard that pregnancy can cause PFD in some women. My PT told me this when I asked her if any of her other PFD PT patients had IC (FYI- it's just me and one other person).
      The stress of the pain and straining the muscles can lead to irregular muscle function. I don't know any more than that, unfortunately. There is some information out there with more details if you seek it out. I'll try to find some and post it here.
      Diagnosed with IC: October 2006

      Related diagnoses: PFD, chronic back pain, vulvodynia, IBS, anxiety.

      Treatment:
      Lots of water
      Fiber, when I can remember...
      Elmiron (I'm down to 200mg per day)
      Kegels (10 sets of 10 second holds per day)
      Yoga and Pilates, each weekly
      Exercise 3x weekly

      Have tried:
      PT for PFD and chronic back pain (VERY helpful)
      IC diet (I'm not diet-sensitive while on Elmiron)

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      • #4
        Here are some sites (I cannot attest to their validity however. You should check all information with your Gyno):

        http://www.childbirthconnection.org/...e.asp?ck=10206

        http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/437333

        http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/512983

        http://www.urologyteam.com/female-ur...nstruction.htm

        http://www.beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com/pfd.shtml

        http://www.bubhub.com.au/infopregnancypelvicfloor.shtml
        Diagnosed with IC: October 2006

        Related diagnoses: PFD, chronic back pain, vulvodynia, IBS, anxiety.

        Treatment:
        Lots of water
        Fiber, when I can remember...
        Elmiron (I'm down to 200mg per day)
        Kegels (10 sets of 10 second holds per day)
        Yoga and Pilates, each weekly
        Exercise 3x weekly

        Have tried:
        PT for PFD and chronic back pain (VERY helpful)
        IC diet (I'm not diet-sensitive while on Elmiron)

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        • #5
          This is right up my alley...since I developed severe PFD DURING pregnancy (and I didn't even get that big...I LOST 25 lbs during my he**ish pregnancy

          I started feeling pressure and tightness and pain in June/July of 2006. They tried to pawn it off as just the baby putting pressure on me but I knew better. I hadn't really put on any weight and barely had a stomach! I felt the muscles were constantly spasming (and I was right). I went for GENTLE PT since I was pregnant.

          5 months postpardum it is AWFUL...the PFD has gotten worse (sorry to say). I'm trying to find a good PFD therapist.

          Anything that puts such a strain on your body I'm sure can cause PFD...and pregnancy is a BIG strain!
          (Added by ICNMgrJill on 5/19/08. I am sad to share that Verdicries (aka Tracy) lost her life in a tragic accident just a few days ago. We will miss her support, her encouragement, her sense of humor and, of course, the joy that she found as a mother and wife).

          Tracy ~ 29 years old with Toxoplasmosis (from birth), Fibro/CFS (since age 13...ouch), severe IC, IBS-D, severe PFD (surgery made it even worse), vulvodynia, hiatal hernia, GERD, ulcers, severe gastritis, numbness/tingling in extremeties, pelvic nerve damage--mainly urethral, urinary retention, pelvic reconstruction 7.10.07 (fixed rectocele, rectal prolapse, lifted bladder, urethra, uterus, and repaired vaginal walls), Raynaud's, 2 severely herniated discs in neck and one in low back, anemia, PCOS, anxiety/depression/panic attacks (since forever). Still having major bowel problems (inability to empty rectum...any ideas?? ).

          I'd like to be on House, MD as a medical mystery.

          Married to Craig, a saint amongst men...who puts up with me and my eccentricities...

          Connor & Mommy by the tree:


          Connor with Santa...so happy!


          I take: LIQUID Atarax, Flomax, Soma (yet again), acidophilus, Glucosamine/Chondroitin with MSM & collagen, d-mannose. MAJOR flare from Cystoprotek! Re-trying freeze dried aloe vera w/some decent results!

          Tried and failed: Elavil, Ultram, Prosed DS, Benadryl, Bentyl, Valium, Ativan, Zanaflex, Librax, Sanctura (all caused retention among other things), bladder instills (owwwwww!), Elmiron (allergic-throat tightening). Failed Interstim-no feeling in sacral nerves...

          I'm allergic to penicillan, sulfa, reglan, quinolones, clindamycin, and now LATEX!

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