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    Unhappy labour for women with back injury

    hi ladies,

    during my pregnancy i have suffered with extreme back pain ended up in emergency twice, crippled in bed for days on end. im currently 39 weeks pregant and ended up in emergency again due to my back giving out and have been bed ridden due to not being able to move. the hospital has kept me here for days to manage my pain.

    i have an appointment with the doctors and anesthesiest tomorrow to discuss my birth plan. my question is hve any of you had similar experiences? how was your labour with back injury? did you injure your back more with vaginal birth? did you have a c section instead? i would love to have a vaginal birth however am petrified that my injury will worsen with vaginal birth.

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    I would imagine they'll just plan for an early epidural (which should get rid of the back pain as well) and you'll labour like anyone else with an epidural.

    Do they know what it's caused from?

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    when i was 13 i feel off a cliff gackwards onto my back. have a bad back since.
    fingers crossed.

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    My back wasn't like yours with my third, but I did have pain. I got the water injections and spent the entire labour sort of on my knees leaning forward over the top of the bed - which was angled forward. To keep pressure off the back and keeps bubs off it. I only switched around once it was time to deliver and that took a few minutes. But for the majority I was up on knees. If it is severe I'd say yeah they'd go for an epidural. I don't know if that will actually stop any further injury during the birth part, maybe that's something to discuss? As far as I went my back didn't hurt much after it was all over. The amount of pressure the baby causes is crazy so it was much better the next day with no baby in there.

    I hope things go well for you!

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    I had a spinal fusion when I was 13, and have always suffered back pain, especially during pregnancy.

    During labour all my pain was in my back - without trying to scare you - it was unbearable but I also have a tilted pelvis meaning that my DS scraped along my spine the whole way down the birth canal. I was induced as well so it all happened very hard and fast.

    I had an epidural and it was amazing! I would highly recommend the epidural, but I would wait and see how you go in labour because you may be fine

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    I have chronic back pain and in pregnancy (both) I had severe pelvic instability and then in my 2nd pregnancy I had coccyx pain as well. Basically I didn't move that well, but I wasn't that bad that I ended up in hospital. I managed vaginal births with both, although I did get an epidural both times - as soon as the waters broke with #1 (I'd been awake for 24 hours straight at that point) and after 2 - 3 hours of established labour in #2 when I couldn't handle the pain anymore.

    Both times I felt 100 times better after the delivery and I could move SO much more easily. It was fantastic. The coccyx pain was the only pain that didn't go away and took ages to settle, but my understanding is that having a VB didn't make any difference in my case.


 

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