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abhbarry
01-16-2009, 09:14 AM
Hi all,
I haven't been on here for a while, but I just wanted to send some good news and hope for all of you having sugery. I am now a year and half out of surgery and doing great - in fact, I am pregnant with our first child!!! :) Having this surgery hopefully changed my life and I don't regret it. If anyone has any advice about being pregnant with a spinal fusion, I would love to hear it. I could use all the help I can get. I'm estatic and totally scared right now.

Best,
Anya

Susie*Bee
01-16-2009, 09:24 AM
Anya-- I am thrilled for you! That is super news-- and I'm soooo glad you shared with us. :D

I can't help you with the "pregnant while fused" part, but JamieR probably can if you PM her. What is your due date? I'm busy getting ready to be a first time grandma-- my two oldest girls are expecting within a week of each, in May-- both are having little boys. So I've been looking at their choices (online) for crib sets, furniture and all the rest. Plus I have to get something for here too, so that is fun.

Best wishes for an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery-- and a wonderful life as a mommy. Hugs, Susie

sunny45
01-16-2009, 09:38 AM
Anya

I had my son 16 years AFTER fusion (harrington procedure). I had no complications, in fact I had a very easy pregnancy with only 1 exception. I got so large that people thought I was full term when I was only 5 months along. This was not due to weight gain (only gained 28 lbs) it was due to my height 4' 11 1/2" and the fact my son ended up being 10 lbs and 21" long. I did end up with a C section, but that was due to his size vs my size.

Congrats & Good Luck

Liz

augemac
01-16-2009, 11:19 AM
Anya,

Congratulations!! :D

I was pregnant with my first child and first fusion and all went well. I had my first fusion in 1991 and got pregnant in 1994 and my son was born in 1995. Very good pregnancy, no complications and he was born on his due date vaginally and I didn't have any drugs. All went very well.

I was pregnant with my second child after my second fusion. I had my fusion in 1999 and got pregnant in 2000 and she was born in 2001. All went very well. No complications, just a real normal pregnancy just like everyone else with a normal back. She also was born vaginally.

They told me that it probably wasn't a good idea for an epidural. I have a high tolerance for pain but yet it really wasn't bad at all. Breathing techniques are wonderful!!

Susie*Bee
01-16-2009, 11:48 AM
I will echo that thought on breathing techniques. I delivered all 3 of mine "naturally" and although it is hard work, it was definitely manageable. All my girls were big-- my biggest (3rd) daughter was 9 lbs. 10.5 oz., so it wasn't that they were small or anything... You just have to be prepared if you don't use an epidural or meds. You'll do fine either way, I'm sure. :cool:

HGD24
01-16-2009, 12:14 PM
CONGRATULATIONS Anya!!!!! I had surgery on Feb 1st 2005 and had a beautiful baby girl on Feb 1st 2008.

I would encourage you to work out (stationary bike, eliptical, yoga) as far into the pregnancy as possible to help keep your back and leg muscles strong. I recovered pretty quickly from my pregnancy & delivery, 90 mins of pushing followed by a c-section because baby's was coming out face up and was stuck on my pelvic bones. If baby's head wasn't stuck, I would have delivered her within 20 mins of pushing. I attribute my quick recovery to working out into my 7th month and continuing yoga into my 8th month. I would also advise you to eat healthily so that you don't gain too much weight which could put extra strain on your back. I gained about 20-25lbs total. Dispite what a lot of women say, you are not eating for 2 people.

I also echo the comments here about breathing techniques. In addition the yoga classes that I took, I had also taken a relaxation class offered by my hospital prior to my fusion surgery. I combined those techniques with my yoga techniques during labor and delivery. My nurse kept commenting to my husband that she couldn't believe how focused I was and that if all of her patients could focus and breathe the way I did, it would make her job so much easier.

I met with the anesthesiologist about 6 weeks prior to my due date to review my x-rays and talk about all possible methods of pain relief. It was decided that a spinal would be better for me than an epidural due to where the spinal is given. It worked out really well and the best part was the because my spine is still numb from surgery, I didn't feel the needle going in! Spinals do wear off after 2-3 hrs though and mine did, but I kept pushing anyway. It was painful, but not horrible. I was relieved to get a 2nd spinal before going into the c-section though.

Please PM me with any questions you have about being pregnant right after fusion surgery. I'd be more than happy to share more info with you.

NancyB
01-16-2009, 02:50 PM
Don't be scared! You'll do great. I birthed my first child 18 months after my surgery, and all went well. I went with natural childbirth, but listen to the good advise above about talking to your doctor regarding your options. She was a good size, 8lbs 6 oz, but I didn't suffer any effects in my back.

When I started to get back pain was when she grew and I was trying to carry around a toddler. But that was probably nothing to do with my surgery, just a small rather weak woman carrying a large toddler. My doctor had told me that the surgery would put me back into the norm, and normal people hurt their backs sometimes when they try to lift too much.

fierceliketiger
01-16-2009, 03:20 PM
Anya,
I just wanted to say congratulations! I have no advice as far as pregnancy and fusions. But please keep us posted on how yours goes! I just got fused 6 weeks ago, I'm getting married in 4 months, and looking to have a baby in a year to two years...so I am really interested in how things will go!
Again, I am very happy for you and wish you all the best!
Love,
Sara

Qikdraw
01-16-2009, 04:03 PM
Anya,

Congrats! I am sure everything will be fine. I cannot help with any pregnancy tips, I'm a man and we cry when we get a paper cut... :D

discombobulated
01-16-2009, 07:02 PM
No advice from me either, I'm afraid - just a big congrats! :D

I hope your journey is as trouble-free as the others'. Best wishes to you, bub, & family :)

Suzy
01-17-2009, 01:56 PM
Anya!

I have been wondering what you have been up to, now we know!! LOL! I have been checking your blog occasionally to see how your progress has been going. Glad to hear from you on here. As your blog isn't much help these days... Kidding with you. So glad to hear the happy news, you will be fine. My best friend did great with her Harrington rod through pregnancy and birth. You have modern technology and I am sure that won't be an issue. keep up posted when you can.

Congratulations! Suzy

debbei
01-17-2009, 02:45 PM
Congratulations!! What wonderful news this is. I know everything will just work out fine for you.

mariya
01-17-2009, 09:45 PM
Congratulations Anya!

This is really good news!! I didn't have surgery but do have two kids and just want to say that it is the best thing that ever happenedd to me and i would like to wish you all the best as well!!!!

It's so nice to hear such great news from people who had surgery as it gives hope to the rest of us!

I always wonder about how and what will happen after surgery and if i wanted to have another child...but now after all the posts here it just shows how great most of you are doing and continue to live a great life and have wonderful healthy kids!!

Thanks to you and everyone for sharing their great stories and inspiring me!

Mariya!

theizzard
01-18-2009, 08:12 AM
just read your blog and want to congratulate you and wish you much happiness.
avis

Louisse
01-18-2009, 06:03 PM
Hi Anya
Congratulations! This is wonderful news - I have two children and they are fantastic and have changed my world (before my op so no advice from me Im afraid) but I am sure your back will be fine from what I've read so far.

I have loved reading your blog in the past (when I was making up my mind to have surgery a year or so ago) - sorry really should have thanked you before!

I am so very pleased that everything is going well for you.
Keep us posted on news of the baby please!
Regards
Louisse

abhbarry
01-19-2009, 10:24 AM
Thank you for all your well wishes and advice! I'm very excited, but suffering from morning sickness - blech. I hope everyone is well.

Best,
Anya

bbest
01-20-2009, 09:25 AM
Anya, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am for you and your husband! May you have a happy and blessed pregnancy and an easy delivery.

JamieR
01-20-2009, 07:04 PM
Congratulations. How exciting, your first baby. I am due March 5th with a boy, my doctor is hoping I can make it another 3 or 4 weeks to about 37 or 38 weeks along. I just had my surgery in 2008 so I was only like 2 months post op when I got pregnant so it was a big surprise but I have had absolutly no problems. I am due almost a year after my surgery. Every now and then I have some problems with a bad disc I have but that is only when I overdo things. I am happy with the way things have gone because I was very scared when I found out I was pregnant so soon after surgery. I had a little problem with my epidural with my first child because my scoliosis was uncorrected at the time and my epidural only numbed my right leg so I am hoping for better results this time around. You should do just fine, just take things easy and enjoy your pregnancy. It will get better after the first trimester and hopefully you can get rid of your morning sickness.

Nancy Joy
01-20-2009, 10:15 PM
Hi Anya!~
I would like to add my congratulations. I don't know about after surgery but my scoliosis landed me in the hospital at 4 months when I was pregnant 28 years ago and I have had trouble ever after. I had my 2nd 18 months later and really wanted a 3rd. My Dr. kept trying to convince me all thru the pregnancy to get my tubes tied. Finally, he said "OK, have your 3rd but you might raise all 3 from a wheelchair". That got my attention and just last year I saw him and told him it was the best advise he could have given me. Even my deliveries did not go well due to the scoliosis but I won't go into that. I have been in pain ever since my pregnancies. When we knew my daughter needed surgery at 13 years of age, my first question was about pregnancies. The reply was she would do better with the surgery than without. With my own experience, I totally understood what he meant. Not trying to scare anyone here but when my pediatrician found out I had scoliosis he checked the children faithfully because it is very inheritable, expecially female to female. Our daughter's scoliosis showed up when she was 4 and we Dr'd. from that time on with a specialist for that. She is leary of having children but I point out that she had a good outcome and to not be scared if she really wants children. I am sure you will get along fine and it is so exciting!!:)

HGD24
01-22-2009, 10:49 AM
Congratulations. How exciting, your first baby. I am due March 5th with a boy, my doctor is hoping I can make it another 3 or 4 weeks to about 37 or 38 weeks along. I just had my surgery in 2008 so I was only like 2 months post op when I got pregnant so it was a big surprise but I have had absolutly no problems. I am due almost a year after my surgery. Every now and then I have some problems with a bad disc I have but that is only when I overdo things. I am happy with the way things have gone because I was very scared when I found out I was pregnant so soon after surgery. I had a little problem with my epidural with my first child because my scoliosis was uncorrected at the time and my epidural only numbed my right leg so I am hoping for better results this time around. You should do just fine, just take things easy and enjoy your pregnancy. It will get better after the first trimester and hopefully you can get rid of your morning sickness.

Jamie - have you talked to the anesthesiologist about a spinal instead of an epidural? I had 2 spinals during my daughter's delivery and both worked really well. With the first spinal I was able to sit up, squat and move around in the bed - it only numbed me from my waist to my thighs. The second one (when I was taken into the OR for c-section) was stronger and numbed me from my waist to my feet.

JamieR
01-22-2009, 08:59 PM
Heidi, we have not discussed that. I did talk with the anesthesiologist abut where I was fused to make sure it was not too far down to have any medication and he said I was fine because I am fused to L1 and he typically puts the epidural in at L3. What is the difference between the epidural and the spinal? Is spinal only for C-Section or can it be used for a vaginal delivery?

By the way, I wish I could be as brave as some of you who have not had anything to help with pain during the delivery. My mom and mother in law neither one had pain medication and I don't know how they did it. I was brave for back surgery and then a big scardy cat for child birth!

HGD24
01-27-2009, 03:58 PM
Jamie - yes you can have a spinal for vaginal birth. I started out giving birth vaginally, but baby's head was stuck and she was not progressing so my OB and I (mostly me) decided on a c-section.

The biggest differences are that spinals last 2-3 hours and are given via a needle like a shot in your back. You can get another one if the 1st one wears off before you give birth, though I opted not to because I was afraid of losing my focus on pushing, until I was taken in for the c-section, then I had to get the 2nd shot. The epidural can last up to 24 hours and they place a catheter in your back and administer the meds via IV through the catheter. I would call the anesthesiologist at your hospital again - he's probably the best source to explain the other differences - I know there are some, but can't recall what they are.

LynnMarie74
01-27-2009, 06:33 PM
Anya-how very wonderful to hear, I really enjoyed both of my pragnancies of course thry were both before the fusion. Im sure you will be fine....folllow doctors orders & all will be good!:)

geo
05-07-2009, 12:45 PM
Hi Anya, and CONGRATULATIONS!! I haven't been on here in a loooooong time(which stinks because I swore to myself I wouldn't be one who disappears) but life really does go on after all of this. Who would have guessed at the time??

I am very happy for you and your husband, that is so exciting! I totally understand your nervousness - I don't feel as fragile as I used to, but knowing how much a part of pregnancy and birth your back plays must be a little worrisome. I hope you keep us all updated, and I am wishing you the very, very best!

LisaLou
06-24-2009, 09:48 AM
I met with the anesthesiologist about 6 weeks prior to my due date to review my x-rays and talk about all possible methods of pain relief. It was decided that a spinal would be better for me than an epidural due to where the spinal is given. It worked out really well and the best part was the because my spine is still numb from surgery, I didn't feel the needle going in! Spinals do wear off after 2-3 hrs though and mine did, but I kept pushing anyway. It was painful, but not horrible. I was relieved to get a 2nd spinal before going into the c-section though.

I'm curious, do/did you have a full Harrington rod in your back? I had an ESI at my L5/S1 and I so scared that I won't be able to have an epidural.
Lisa

emily4416
07-11-2009, 02:31 AM
Hey guys.
So I got diagnosed two years ago, and in that two years my curvature increased both thoracic and lumbar by five degrees. I know it's getting worse...and my hips are in different places. I'm only 18, but my pelvis is starting to tilt, and I'm scared. I do want kids. What advice can you give me? I can't have surgery for at least a year. I'm scared because I know it's getting worse, and I'm scared my pelvis will move so much that it's not possible. What can any of you tell me?

HGD24
07-13-2009, 11:29 AM
I'm curious, do/did you have a full Harrington rod in your back? I had an ESI at my L5/S1 and I so scared that I won't be able to have an epidural.
Lisa

I have 2 rods - one on either side of my spine, plus 3 bracketts and 20 screws. I'm not sure at what level the spinals went in at though. I met with an anesthesiologist about a month prior to my due date and brought my x-rays along. They noted in my chart where the best placement would be. I also brought the x-rays and left them in the car when I went into labor, in case the anesthesiologist on-duty wanted to see them for him or herself.

HGD24
07-13-2009, 11:32 AM
Hey guys.
So I got diagnosed two years ago, and in that two years my curvature increased both thoracic and lumbar by five degrees. I know it's getting worse...and my hips are in different places. I'm only 18, but my pelvis is starting to tilt, and I'm scared. I do want kids. What advice can you give me? I can't have surgery for at least a year. I'm scared because I know it's getting worse, and I'm scared my pelvis will move so much that it's not possible. What can any of you tell me?

My pelvis still has a slight tilt to it. I went in weekly and then every other week for manipulations by an Osteopath to keep my pelvis as centered as possible as I was experiencing some SI joint pain and my pelvis was moving out of alignment. An Osteopath is a medical dr who specializes in manipulations of the tissue, muscle & bone. I also rode the stationary bike and eliptical 2-3 times a week until I was 7 months pregnant and then did yoga until I was 9 months along.

Cimbom
07-13-2009, 10:26 PM
I know you mean well HGD24 but an Osteopath is not a medical doctor. They do not have a medical degree but rather practice alternative therapies, much like a chiropractor or message therapist. These people do like to call themselves doctors though, even though they shouldn't. I've had pretty bad experiences with a chiropractor and it seems to be common among people with scoliosis. They know that most of us are trying to avoid having surgery and so they make some excessive claims, which a lot accept due to being in a vulnerable position. These things should be approached carefully as there is not much scientific proof backing their claims.

always smilin'
07-14-2009, 07:53 PM
Anya -
I'm also very happy for you. I had first fusion in 1980's and have since have had 3 beautiful babies (13, 12, and 4). I carried all full term and delivered "naturally" because I was too afraid of an epidural and me. Just be sure your OB knows of your fusion in case you need an epidural. I also have a tilted pelvis (very tilted)- very interesting - I always wondered if that was from wearing a brace for so long????? Best of luck to you and congrats!