Mum of two and Go-To founder Zoë Foster-Blake has spoken candidly about her confronting pregnancy journey.
Speaking to the Australian Birth Stories podcast, Zoë – whose husband is comedian Hamish Blake – outlined the extent of her chronic pain, sharing that she was unable to walk without crutches until six weeks post-partum.
Zoë and her husband Hamish Blake have two children, Sonny, seven, and Rudy, four.
“When I did fall pregnant I got desperately sick with morning sickness,” Zoë shared on the podcast about the beginning of her pregnancy with Sonny.
“I felt constantly hungover or as if I was on a ship.
“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.
“I think that’s a really secret phase and one I’m glad women talk about now because it sucks,” Zoë said.
“I’d get shooting pain down my abductors. By about 25 weeks, it got to the point where I couldn’t walk. I was really bad. And by 32 weeks I was in chronic pain.
“I had increasing pain around my groin and lower back and a lot of people thought it was Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) but despite a few treatments and exercises, it was getting worse,” she revealed on the podcast.
By 32 weeks I was in chronic pain
“I had actually fractured my pubis, I was on crutches, I was puffy and swollen and generally having a really tough time.
“I presumed it would be fixed after birth but I was six weeks postpartum and still couldn’t walk.
After months of pain and misdiagnosis, Zoë was recommended to visit an osteopath who diagnosed her with Osteitis Pubis, an inflammation of the pubic bone.
“She fixed me,” Zoë said.
“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.”
In addition to this pain, Zoë was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
The diagnosis was confronting but it actually helped me re-establish healthy eating habits,” Zoë told host Sophie Walker.
Zoë shared that after figuring out what was wrong she managed to avoid the same issues in her second pregnancy.
The mum-of-two also candidly spoke about the struggle of falling pregnant soon after moving to Melbourne, considering her friends and family were all back in Sydney.
“I hadn’t really made any close friends in Melbourne, yet. It was a bit of a lonely time.”