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Oti Mabuse has given a health update during her pregnancy. 

The professional dancer, 33, who is expecting her first child with her husband Marius Lepure, 40, revealed she has been struggling with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). 

The NHS states SPD or Pregnancy related Girdle Pain (PGP) is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms caused by a stiffness of your pelvic joints or the joints moving unevenly at either the back or front of your pelvis. 

Oti said she has found it ‘frustrating’ she hasn’t been able to workout as often as she was used to and has been battle intense pain at night.

The former Strictly star took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a video of herself doing a series of exercises. 

Struggles: Oti Mabuse has given a health update during her pregnancy

Struggles: Oti Mabuse has given a health update during her pregnancy

Tough: The professional dancer, 33, who is expecting her first child with her husband Marius Lepure, 40, revealed she has been struggling with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)

Tough: The professional dancer, 33, who is expecting her first child with her husband Marius Lepure, 40, revealed she has been struggling with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)

Oti wrote: ‘Working out with SPD. I completely fell off the bandwagon with my fitness and I immediately could feel it when I went back. My core strength was not what it was, my balance was off and my ability hold certain positions was gone. The pain started really slow but at night while sleeping would intensify (I’m not wearing a belt yet but as weeks go on I definitely will)

‘Aside from physiotherapy exercises, I still try continue to stay active in any way that is not painful. My level of activity depends on how severe my SPD is that day. It can be very frustrating if you used to exercise regularly and have to stop. Walking, sitting, driving all become a bit painful. 

‘But we push on and grand ourselves some GRACE! Taking it slow and breathing through everything – Change is good, it might be difficult but it’s all for a good reason. 

‘I know I’m not alone dealing SPD – how are you dealing or dealt with it?’ 

Oti and husband Marius surprised viewers when they announced on air they are expecting their first child.

Embracing her husband, Oti began the final segment of her show as normal, before teasing that they had been ‘holding in some good news’.

She also hinted at her due date as she told how their ‘beautiful journey’ is ‘nearly over’ and teased that ‘Christmas is about to get even louder’.

Pregnancy journey: Oti wrote: 'Working out with SPD. I completely fell off the bandwagon with my fitness and I immediately could feel it when I went back'

Pregnancy journey: Oti wrote: ‘Working out with SPD. I completely fell off the bandwagon with my fitness and I immediately could feel it when I went back’ 

Determined: Oti said: 'Aside from physiotherapy exercises, I still try continue to stay active in any way that is not painful'

Determined: Oti said: ‘Aside from physiotherapy exercises, I still try continue to stay active in any way that is not painful’

Embracing the change: The dancer has adapted her workout regime

Embracing the change: The dancer has adapted her workout regime 

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Exciting: Oti and husband Marius surprised viewers when they announced on air they are expecting their first child

What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)? 

Some women may develop pelvic pain in pregnancy. 

This is sometimes called pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)

Symptoms: 

  • Pain over the pubic bone at the front in the centre, roughly level with your hips
  •  across 1 or both sides of your lower back in the area 
  • between your vagina and anus (perineum) 
  • spreading to your thighs
  • Credit NHS  

Oti and Marius met in Germany during a dance trial and competed together in several competitions.

Marius popped the question on his birthday to the Dancing On Ice judge in 2014 and the pair married the same year.

Oti stepped down from Strictly in February 2022 after seven years. 

Although she was going from success to success, the star admitted she had plenty of ‘dark days’ that made her unable to eat and left her ‘crying’ in the shower.

Oti won the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56, leaving many to believe that the South African dancer could be set for a sensational hat trick.

Speaking on the All Change podcast, Oti admitted that the pressure of dealing with the celebrity contestants and stress she put on herself became too much.

She explained: ‘Luckily my husband again has been an amazing person who has seen the dark days, the days where I’m in the shower crying with my clothes on because it’s so hard and it’s so overwhelming.

‘He’s seen me not eat, he’s seen me overeat, he’s seen me struggle with not being able to get the best out of someone. He’s seen me having to deal with ‘interesting personalities.’

‘So, he’s the person that’s seen the behind the scenes at the point where I’d got to where I was like: “I think I’m finished.” He was like: “Yeah”.’

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