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    Default 20 week scan results - scoliosos

    Hi all,

    So everything up until now has been great, we went for the 20 week scan and everything looked normal - all organs developing as they should and bub wiggling around like a mad thing.

    The next day I got a call from my GP asking me to come in and discuss the report results. It turns out the baby may have mid-thoracic scoliosis, which means she has a curve in her spine. Obviously since then, I've been pouring back over the images and I can see a little curve but I totally missed it during the scan. I won't know more until I go to another scan on Tuesday.

    I've never even heard of this condition before, so I guess I was wondering if anyone else had, and what the likely outcome of her living a normal life would be? I did the unholy thing of Googling and apparently only 1 in 10,000 babies actually develop the condition in utero - it tends to come later in life.

    Anyway, any help or advice would be hugely appreciated! Xx

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    Hi Sheeny, i was born with spina bifida and scoliosis. I'm now 28 and also a fully functioning adult.
    Neither conditions have affected me that much thus far.
    I did wear a back brace for 18 months when i hit puberty in order to stop the progression of the curve. I dont know if that is still the course of action doctors use.
    The scoliosis did limit my growth though and i am only 5 foot 1 or 154. I have shrunk and was 157 when back when i was maybe 21.
    I dont really get back pain but i am not very flexible.
    As a female and knowing your little bub is a girl too the part that has effected me the most i would say is the physical look of my body. 1 shoulder is higher than the other, 1 shoulder blade sticks out more than the other, my rib cage is pushed out more on one side which makes my breasts very uneven in size.
    I have dealt with all this by wearing loose clothing and also by having clothes that create optical illusions.
    So i guess my self esteem has been most effected rather than the functionality of my body.

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    Also wanted to add that although i am having issues getting pregnant this apparently has nothing to do with my scoliosis and I have been told that the degree of my scoliosis should not theoretically prevent me from carrying a child or giving birth naturally but i may experience more back pain than others

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    Hi Sheeny. Are you seeing an obstetrician? It may be an idea to talk with a person who specialises in babies because I know my GP, though very good and used to be an obstetrician when he was younger, always asks me to talk with my ob because they are the most up to date with these things.
    It's great Evelynmoo has replied with her story because she also has SB yet is living a normal, healthy life.
    I have scoliosis but it's not severe and not sure when it developed. I have a few back issues that may have been there without it, but nothing major. Yoga helps a lot. Everyone has a back issue of some kind. One side of my ribcage sticks out and my breasts are uneven too, as are other parts of my body. But I have no idea whether it's from scoliosis or just because people aren't ever symmetrical. And the reality is, none of it bothers me at all. I think people's quirks make them more beautiful. Marilyn Monroe apparently had one leg shorter than the other which gave her her distinct bum-wiggle.


 

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