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    I have scoliosis, and my husband and I are looking to have our first child in the next year or so. Does anyone here have scoliosis and given birth?

    If so, what was your experience?

    I will admit I'm a little worried. Will it increase my curve? Will my kids get it? (my mum and sister have it, so it looks like it is hereditary).

    I'm planning to talk to my GP about it, but I would love to hear how you found it.

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    I have only got very mild scoliosis.
    Whilst not clinically confirmed I believe it was the trigger for having symphasis pubis dysfunction in both pregnancies because I'm less symmetrical than most women (eg my left leg is over 2cm longer than my right leg). I didn't have any other issues during pregnancy or birthing my babies.

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    I don't have scoliosis and have not yet given birth yet so I am limited in my ability to provide help, but I did break my back in 2004 and I have my spine fused. My advice would be to have your GP refer you to the OB for a pre-pregnancy consult. I found the GP really didn't have any solid information and the best advice came from the OB pre-pregnancy consult.

    I do know your scoliosis and curved spine may affect your ability to have a epidural. The Ob will refer you to an anaesthetist after your pregnant so you can be assessed. It is optimal to get some fresh x-rays before your pregnancy to assist the anaesthetist and OB to assess your spine. They can safely take MRI during pregnancy to assess your spine.

    If you are on medication for you scoliosis then this will need to be discussed with the OB.

    Good luck and try not to be overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. Where there is a will there is a way.

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    I have scoliosis. It is hereditary. I have my lumber part of my spine fused so I had to have a c section, which was under GA due to my pins blocking where they needed to put the Epi or spinal block in.

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    I have mild scoliosis, it caused no problems in pregnancy but they had a very difficult time getting epidural in.

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    I have moderate scoliosis and had no problems in my first pregnancy, mild SPD in my second pregnancy and 2 very easy and straightforward vaginal births (natural).

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    Thank you all.
    @Buzz08 and @bezzy I didn't know about the epidural. I only have mild scoliosis and I'm not on medication. However, it sounds like a good idea to talk in detail with my GP and take some extra precautions. My husbands uncle is also an anaethisist, so I may pick his brain also. I just like to be better safe than sorry

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    I don't have scoliosis but have suffered a significant injury to lower back that makes it unstable. They want me to have it fused but there's only a 10% chance it would work to reduce my pain so I am refusing until it gets to the point I can't walk. I also have severe sciatic nerve damage in my left leg.

    Because of all this with DD I was referred to the high risk unit and had specialist OB, Physician, pain specialist that only deals with pregnant women, Spinal surgeon & physio care. I was advised not to give birth naturally with DS so had a c-section with him under GA (due to another pregnancy complication) so I decided I was having a c-sec with DD. They attempted to put an epidural in but had major problems because the space between the vertebrae had collapsed. On the last go they got it in, however the scar tissue was a lot worse than they initially thought so it didn't work and I had to go under a GA again.

    I'd recommend getting a referral to a OB who deals with complicated pregnancies (my first OB had no clue) and see if they can give you an idea of how future pregnancies would be managed.
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    I've got scoliosis, had two babies. Both pregnancies were a breeze. Had epidurals with both labours, 1st was fine, second only worked on one side due to scoliosis, which is quite common apparently. I still fell asleep during the second labour, even with the half failed epidural. God knows how!!! Ha!!

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    I have scoliosis, straightforward pregnancy and birth, I did have a consult with an anaesthetist first, regarding a possible epidural. He said they had to be a little more careful but barely anymore risk than someone without scoliosis. I decided to not have an epidural and DH knew this too and would refuse it for me if needed. As it happened I didn't need one anyway.


 

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