Post # 1
DH and I have been married since April and want to begin TTC around August 2014 (we would like a summer baby). However, I have a few concerns, health-wise. I have osteo-arthritis and the flare-ups are particulary bad before my period. When I have them, I can barely walk, let alone be able to carry a baby, etc. I’m also worried about being pregnant, as it could be even harder on my joints. (No, I’m not on prescription medication – I use over-the-counter pain killers because we don’t have insurance right now, though we plan to get it before TTC).
So, my question is this: if you’re a Bee who has health issues (arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, etc.), how did you deal with pregnancy and caring for a child? Or, if you know someone who has dealt with this, what did they do? Also, I was wondering if a C-section would be easier on my body than a natural birth? Any tips or advice would be appreciated. TIA.
Post # 3
One of my aunts has debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, and her doctor okayed her to TTC and have her son!
I know she had a VERY rough time, and I’m 99% sue she delivered via c-section, but her son is perfectly healthy! She said the worst was when she hurt so badly that she couldn’t pick him up when he was crying.
But she had a LOT of support, and she was SO happy to have him!
Post # 4
BrandNewBride – Thanks! That really gives me hope. 🙂
Post # 5
My aunt also had horrible arthritis from the time she was 10. By her early 30’s her hands were so bad that she literally could not move them. She and my uncle had a wonderful baby boy and she was able to care for him (though I am sure it was painful) until she died when he was about 5.
Post # 6
@futuremrsndl: I’m 33 and I have rheumatoid arthritis and am planning on TTC after our wedding next month. I’ve spoken with my Rheumatoligist and the best thing you can do is have a plan on what is safe and what is not while you are TTC, pregnant and breastfeeding as you do have options.
For RA 80% of women go into remission during pregnancy, you may end up having less flare ups with your OA.
Otherwise keep doing what you do normally. Eat healthy, get lots of sleep and stay active especially with light weights as it’s important to have good muscles to keep the strain off your joints.
See if there are any arthritis groups in your area, they are a great source of information and often have free educational and health programs.
Best of luck!
Post # 7
I wont be due to my health problems. Might try to adopt a school aged child if we have kids in consideration of both of our health issues.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
My mom had 3 kids natrually with RA and lupus. She never had any regrets.
Post # 9
My sister has fibromyalgia among a variety of other health issues and she carried and delivered 3 kids…. All delivered natural in water births. She does see a chiropractor and has for years for her fibromyalgia which is the only way she keeps it under control.
Get insurance for 2014 and then see a doctor and see what she recommends. Maybe physical therapy or something along those lines would help pain flare ups while ur pregnant. Ur doctor will decide what’s best for you and your baby as well as discuss your concerns beforehand.