I’ve had a few emails come through recently from women who have found my blog. They have either had back surgery or have a bad back and are considering getting pregnant. When you have an underlying medical condition thinking about becoming pregnant can be a much scarier proposition. You don’t want to make your existing medical condition any worse. Here are a few things to consider if you are thinking about pregnancy after back surgery.
Is your condition stable?
How is your condition affecting you at this moment in time? Is your Back condition stable, is it getting worse? These are important questions to ask. If your condition is getting progressively worse then the added stress of pregnancy on your body may cause further problems. If your condition is going to need further treatment in the near future then you may want to have that before you start trying for a baby. It can be very difficult to have treatment whilst you are pregnant as you don’t want to cause any harm to your baby.
Talk to a medical professional before you start trying for a baby. They will understand your condition best and can give you honest and relevant advice. You can talk to GPs, surgeons or any other medical professional who manages your case. I talked to my GP and surgeon before we started trying for a baby. I wanted to know
- Would this make my back condition worse
- Would there be any long term damage
- How they would help manage my pregnancy
- How they thought I would cope through the pregnancy
They can’t give you any definitive answers but it was really useful to feel prepared and know there were people who could help.
Get in shape
Whether you have an underlying medical condition or not pregnancy takes a massive toll on your body. Before I started trying for a baby I was keen to get as strong as possible. I regularly saw a Physio and did Pilates to try and strengthen my back muscles as much as possible. I really think that this helped me massively during the first two trimesters.
Review your medication
When you’re pregnant there is an awful lot of medications that you aren’t able to take. Prior to becoming pregnant I was taking quiet strong painkillers as well as anti inflammatories on a daily basis. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to continue with these during the pregnancy. Before we started trying for a baby I made sure that I stopped taking the medication and that I had a period of time for my body to adjust.
It may not be plain sailing
No one knows how pregnancy will affect them even if they’ve had a baby before. I did a lot of research before we started trying for a baby. I went into it with my eyes wide open, I knew that it was going to be very painful for me. I made sure I’d gotten advice from doctors and when I couldn’t cope with the pain or walk they were able to help support me. Having had two babies prior to the back surgery, this pregnancy was a lot harder. Because I went into this understanding it wasn’t going to be easy I felt it was easier to cope with. I didn’t get too upset and focused on the end goal. Now I have my beautiful daughter and she was worth every second of pain I went through.
I hope these tips will be useful for you and that you will get through your pregnancy with as little discomfort as possible.