Post # 1
Hello my beautiful bees,
I am getting married in 2 weeks (Yay!) and we plan on NTNT right after we get married (we are going to wait about a year before we start charting or anything). The problem is that I have scoliosis and I am terrified as to how it will affect me during pregnancy.
I used to have really severe back and hip pain and was almost always uncomfortable. I started seeing a personal trainer who specializes in orthopedic issues about 6 months ago and the change in my body has been amazing. I stand straighter and my pain is almost gone.
Will this strengthening of my back and core help me during pregnancy? Did you feel like your back pain was more excessive than normal? Did you have to go on bedrest because of your scoliosis and complications with pain/lung capacity/organ crowding?
I know that was a ton of questions. I’d just like to hear experiences from other bees with scoliosis.
Post # 3
I don’t have any advice as I don’t suffer from scoliosis. I would talk to your doctor to see what you can do before NTNT.
I never had any back problems, but am pregnant with my first and am having issues with my pelvic bone, hips, and back.
Sorry you are dealing with this, but I’m glad to hear you have been able to get the pain in control. Hopefully you can continue working with the personal trainer and your can keep the pain to a minimum during your pregnancy.
Post # 4
I have three curves in my back, the biggest being 18 degrees, and unfortunately during my prgnancy I was in a car accident that sprained my SI joint and gave me whiplash. The injuries plus my scoliosis made my pelvis tilt even more severe, so my uterus is tilted with my pelvis. It made finding a heartbeat harder at first, and I did have back labor, but otherwise my pregnancy and delivery were fine! Definitely ask your osteopath or whoever you work with for your spine health to see of they have concerns specific to your structure.
Post # 5
@RahlyRah: I have scoliosis and was pretty concerned about how it would affect me when I got pregnant. I’m now almost 18 weeks and I have to say that so far, it’s been a non-issue. I’ve definitely had lower back pain and right hip pain that seem to come with pregnancy, but after telling the doc and telling a massage therapist about it, it seems there were other reasons that caused the pain. I will certainly let you know if it gets any worse as pregnancy continues and I get bigger. I would think that some prenatal yoga poses will help keep the back strong.
Post # 6
I have a cousin with scoliosis, and the only pregnancy complication I’m aware of that she faced was trouble with the epidural–they had to put it in more than once in order to get it to work (I guess the curvature kept it from numbing all the way down…). Anyway, if you’re planning to have an epidural, it might be something to think about/prepare for!
Post # 7
@pinkpaperbride: My mother couldn’t get the epidural in at all and it was a pretty minor curve (maybe 15-20 degrees?). I have the exact same one so I wouldn’t be able to get an epidural either.
Post # 8
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Hmm well I guess she was REALLY lucky! maybe it depends on the location of the curve or something? My sister has a mildly crooked spine and she’s TERRIFIED that she won’t be able to get one when the time comes…I guess it’s better to know beforehand than to wonder for the entire 9 months!
Post # 9
@pinkpaperbride: Yeah it probably depends on where and everything. Mine is pretty low at my low back/hip area.
Post # 10
You’re right, I should probably make an appointment with my OB/GYN before even starting NTNT.
I really appreciate all of the responses. I am happy to hear that none of you (or your family members) have had any serious issues! Although, the thought of not having an epidural is TERRIFYING! Lol.
Good luck to all of you! 🙂
Post # 11
Yeah – I had no idea about having to go through labor without an epidural!! Uh oh!
Post # 12
I have a curved spine from a fracture in a car accident. I read a post about the possibility of not being able to get an epidural. I am not PG yet but we are TTC. I am so nervous about that possibility. All I can say is good luck ladies! I would love to hear updates from you all.
Post # 13
I have curvature of the spine due to an injury as well and my OB just said to try and avoid excessive weight gain, I could go to PTherapy if needed, and to wait and see on the epidural. Eek!