Beauty guru Zoë Foster Blake reveals her struggles with chronic pelvic pain during her pregnancy


Zoë Foster Blake recently shared a candid reflection about what she wished she had known about pregnancy before welcoming her two children. 

The 41-year-old also revealed she suffered chronic pain while pregnant on the Australian Birthing Stories podcast, on Sunday.    

She recalled experiencing extreme bouts of morning sickness in the early weeks of her first pregnancy with eldest son Sonny, now seven.

Beauty guru Zoë Foster Blake reveals her struggle with chronic pelvic pain during her pregnancy with eldest son Sonny, now seven

Beauty guru Zoë Foster Blake reveals her struggle with chronic pelvic pain during her pregnancy with eldest son Sonny, now seven

‘I just felt like I wanted to sleep and die a little bit, and you’re expected to function as a normal human being because you can’t tell anyone yet,’ she said.

At about 25 weeks pregnant, the Go-To Skincare founder recalled being unable to walk during shooting pains in her hip area, which later became chronic at 32 weeks.

She said the pain was first thought to be Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (pain in the pelvic area during pregnancy), and tried treatments and workouts, but to no relief.

After giving birth, the beauty guru sought the help of an osteopath who diagnosed her with Osteitis Pubis, which is inflammation and degenerative changes in the pubic symphysis. 

Rough pregnancy: In the early weeks, she experienced extreme bouts of morning sickness and after reaching the mid way point of her pregnancy felt shooting pains in her hip area that worsened as she approached her due date

Rough pregnancy: In the early weeks, she experienced extreme bouts of morning sickness and after reaching the mid way point of her pregnancy felt shooting pains in her hip area that worsened as she approached her due date

Painful: After giving birth, the beauty guru sought the help of an osteopath who diagnosed her with Osteitis Pubis, which is inflammation and degenerative changes in the pubic symphysis. Zoë added that it took her over six weeks to get back on her feet again

Painful: After giving birth, the beauty guru sought the help of an osteopath who diagnosed her with Osteitis Pubis, which is inflammation and degenerative changes in the pubic symphysis. Zoë added that it took her over six weeks to get back on her feet again

‘I had actually fractured my pubis, I was on crutches, I was puffy and swollen and generally having a really tough time,’ she said. 

Zoë added that it took her over six weeks to get back on her feet again.

‘She offered me treatment and relief as well as support and long-term aid, and along with a very strict Pilates regime I managed to avoid the same issue in my second pregnancy,’ she said, referring to her second pregnancy to daughter Rudy, now four. 

The brunette beauty also revealed that she had gestational diabetes while pregnant and noted that with the diagnosis, she was to developed healthy eating habits to help balance her mood. 

Relief: Zoë said her osteopath 'offered me treatment and relief... along with a very strict Pilates regime I managed to avoid the same issue in my second pregnancy,' she said, referring to her pregnancy to daughter Rudy, now four. Pictured is Zoë, with her daughter and mother Gerda

Relief: Zoë said her osteopath ‘offered me treatment and relief… along with a very strict Pilates regime I managed to avoid the same issue in my second pregnancy,’ she said, referring to her pregnancy to daughter Rudy, now four. Pictured is Zoë, with her daughter and mother Gerda

This comes after she reflected on motherhood and the things she wished she’d known before welcoming children in Instagram post on Thursday.

She posted a previously unseen throwback photo from her pregnancy with Rudy, as her son Sonny was seated reading a book in the background.

‘When I was pregnant with my first child, I feverishly inhaled One Born Every Minute, read Ina May Gaskin, and obsessed over my hospital bag,’ she recalled. 

Reflection: This week she reflected on motherhood and the things she wished she'd known before welcoming children. She posted a previously unseen throwback photo from her pregnancy with Rudy, as her son Sonny was seated reading a book in the background

Reflection: This week she reflected on motherhood and the things she wished she’d known before welcoming children. She posted a previously unseen throwback photo from her pregnancy with Rudy, as her son Sonny was seated reading a book in the background

‘I did NOT think at all about what life with a newborn would be like, (overwhelmed pram buying aside) or breastfeeding, or any of that. Just. The. Birth. Perhaps I’m a dingus (Narrator: she was) but it’s very hard to imagine life as a parent until you are one.’

Zoë then listed the things she’d experienced, in order to help other expectant mums including regular feeds ‘every two hours’ and trying to get her child to go back to sleep after a feed. 

She continued: ‘Preparing your hips, glutes, pelvis and core for pregnancy, birth and baby-holdin’ with Pilates will pay ENORMOUS DIVIDENDS.

Lessons learned: 'A birthing class will teach you a LOT about the physicality and physiology and pace of labour and birth. Soo much s**t I didn't know'

Lessons learned: ‘A birthing class will teach you a LOT about the physicality and physiology and pace of labour and birth. Soo much s**t I didn’t know’

‘Flu symptoms while [breastfeeding]? Assume mastitis until proven otherwise.

‘A birthing class will teach you a LOT about the physicality and physiology and pace of labour and birth. Soo much s**t I didn’t know. 

She also admitted she had gestational diabetes during one of her pregnancies, noting ‘it makes you eat healthier’.

Zoë then advised fans to see a professional should they have groin, pubic or back pain, adding she saw an osteopath in between her pregnancies.  

‘Baby clothes with flounce or buttons are a no. Just zips. Just stretch,’ she continued.

Family: Zoë shares her two children with comedian husband Hamish Blake. The couple were friends for years and even wrote a relationship book in 2009 called Textbook Romance, before going on to date a year later

Family: Zoë shares her two children with comedian husband Hamish Blake. The couple were friends for years and even wrote a relationship book in 2009 called Textbook Romance, before going on to date a year later

‘Reading too many books, forums and posts like this will confuse and exasperate the shit out of you. Do what YOU feel is best, and if you are struggling, get professional doula/lactation/midwife help.’ 

Zoë shares her two children with comedian husband Hamish Blake.

The couple were friends for years and even wrote a relationship book in 2009 called Textbook Romance, before going on to date a year later.

They tied the knot in December 2012 in Wolgan Valley, NSW. 

What is osteitis pubis? 

Osteitis pubis is a chronic condition that is caused by inflammation and degenerative changes in the pubic symphysis and adjacent joint at the front of the pelvis.

It can be develop by pregnant women as well as athletes such as AFL and soccer players.

Source: Brisbane Hip Clinic 

 

What is gestational diabetes? 

Gestational diabetes mellitus (or GDM) is a form of diabetes in which pregnant women are affected by high blood sugar.

This can happen during pregnancy at around the 24th to 28th week.

Most women will no longer have diabetes after the baby is born, some will continue having higher than normal blood glucose levels after delivery.

Source: Diabetes Australia 

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