'Emmerdale' Star Charley Webb Opens Up On Agonising Pelvic Condition
Emmerdale star Charley Webb, who is expecting her third child, has opened up on a pelvic condition which has left her in "agony" throughout her pregnancy.
Alongside morning sickness, the soon to be mum-of-three says she is suffering from symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which can cause pain in the pelvis and back.
"I still get waves of sickness but I've also been diagnosed with SPD [symphysis pubis dysfunction, which affects your pelvis and back]," the soap actress told OK! Magazine at her baby shower.
"It's when your muscles have relaxed too much ready for the birth. It's agony," she explained, before later going on to add: "I'd be lying if I said I really enjoy the experience of getting bigger but I appreciate what my body is doing. I think pregnancy is amazing."
The NHS says women suffering with pelvic pain in their pregnancy can sometimes manage their symptoms by ensuring they wear flat, supportive shoes, sleeping in a comfy position, avoiding overworking yourself and sitting or standing for long periods of time, among other things.
Physiotherapists can also help pregnant women "to relieve or ease pain, improve muscle function, and improve your pelvic joint position and stability", but some women might need to use crutches to help them move around during pregnancy if the pain is too much to bear.
SPD doesn't affect the baby and women don't have to have a cesarean if they're suffering from the condition.
Charley, 31, explained that her husband, Matthew Wolfenden, 39, would like a home birth, although she'd prefer to be in hospital when baby number three decides to arrive.
"Matthew's up for a home birth but I'd like to be in a hospital for the sake of my own anxiety, in case anything went wrong," she added.
The couple, who married in secret in February 2018, already share two boys together, Buster, nine, and Bowie, three.
Charlie hasn't yet revealed whether baby number three will be a boy or a girl, but it's thought their due date is in July or August.
For support or advice on pelvic pain during pregnancy, visit Pelvic Partnership here, or speak to your GP or midwife.
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