Pregnancy Pain Started Our Company
First of all, a big ‘Thank You’ to you for making your way to our little corner of the internet. As a new company, it’s hard to make a mark and be found, but we hope it will be worth it for you, whether you’re here by accident or whether you searched specifically for us.
Blogging is something new to us here, so please be patient and we’ll do our best to get better as quickly as we can. Hopefully along the way you’ll identify your own experiences with ours, find some useful information, and find a little relief – either through our products or the fact that you’re not alone in your pain.
So, why Sit & Sigh?
I often find myself asking that question. Sit & Sigh began not out of the intention to enter a crowded market against big companies or retire to our own island one day. Plain and simple, I wanted to help my wife.
The back story begins when my partner and I found out we were expecting our first child. We were filled with the joy, fear and frighteningly common hyper-ventilating that first-time parents experience. I’ll direct you to her post for a far more entertaining recollection of those events.
Everything was going great for my partner – rather, I should say ‘as normal’ instead of ‘great’ – hot flashes, vomiting, and the sensation of having Bruce Lee in your tummy can hardly be called ‘great’.
Actual image of our baby in the womb.
That is, until half-way through the second trimester. She got up to head to the bathroom – a very frequent occurrence – and dropped to the floor in agony.
For a husband or partner, I can confidently say that seeing the person you love, with child, act as if they had been struck by lightning is one of the most pants-soiling moments you will hopefully never experience.
Jumping ahead, after finally being diagnosed with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (more commonly known as Pelvic Girdle Pain or PGP) we knew what the issue was. I can also say that beware of books on advising on pregnancy – even if you choose reputable ones. ‘What to expect’ my a@# ! Not one mention of PGP! Especially since GPs estimate about 45% of pregnancies suffer from PGP!
For my partner, PGP made it very, very difficult to walk, but also almost impossible to sit comfortably.
We were given a rubber inflatable donut from her physiotherapist, which was slightly less useful than sitting on an actual donut. Perhaps less messy, but that’s about the best I can say about it. We tried buying various cushions off Amazon that made it sound like your butt would be nestling into a cloud made of cotton candy.
Some worked…for 10 minutes until they flattened like a pancake and others were like sitting on a brick.
It was this whole experience of discovering PGP, experimenting with competitors and my partner’s command of “Make me a cushion!!” that led us to three realisations.
- The cushions currently out there are built without real people in mind. We are all different shapes and sizes, so shouldn’t these products account for that?
- We still have to live our lives around pain. That means at home, at work, out at a restaurant, etc. and other companies don’t really seem to take that into consideration.
We went half-way around the world to find the right materials and tested designs with dozens and dozens and dozens of people to get it right.
We make products for real people in real situations who want some relief from their pain and discomfort.
That’s how we discovered our philosophy: Comfy Bum, Happy Body.
Hopefully along the way we can make people like you more comfortable (and maybe throw some sand in the faces of the bigger cushion companies out there too).