Scoliosis and Giving Birth

Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 5, 2015

scoliosis while pregnantWe have talked about pregnancy and spine conditions numerous times before on this blog. Today we are going to focus on the complications that may arise when a woman with scoliosis gives birth.

Pregnant Mothers with Scoliosis

Generally, a pregnant mother with scoliosis will be able to have a healthy baby with very minimal issues during the birthing process. Of course, everything depends on the degree of the scoliosis. Mothers with minor scoliosis may not be affected at all. The more severe the spinal curvature gets, the more likely complications may crop up before and during labor.

If you have scoliosis and are considering having children, you may want to consider correcting the spinal curvature to avoid potential complications down the line. Corrective scoliosis surgery works to straighten the back and reduce pain from scoliosis.

During Labor

During labor, a mother with scoliosis may experience increased pain compared to someone without scoliosis. If this happens, there are many options for pain relief, including epidural steroid injections to block the pain. Pushing during labor can also be more difficult for mothers with scoliosis S-curves in the spine. Your OBGYN can talk with you about all of this before you go into labor.

Scoliosis can also be a congenital condition – which means you might pass it on to your child. Be sure to keep an eye out for any of the common scoliosis signs in children and alert your family physician if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

If you are an expecting mother with scoliosis, be sure to talk with your physician about any potential complications that may arise during the pregnancy and while delivering the baby. You should also speak with your doctor if you currently have scoliosis and are considering having a child. Your physician can walk you through all the possible complications and offer recommendations for any necessary treatment options.

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