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RP from 3rd Tri - Back Issues After Vaginal Delivery?

Have any of you ladies developed back issues after/due to giving birth vaginally? I've had 2 back surgeries, and have been told that I have to decide between giving birth vaginally or having a c-section.

I'm concerned that I may injur myself during the pushing phase of a vaginal delivery (I'm also terrified of back labor), but don't really want to have a c-section because it will compromise my already weak core muscles.

Any experiences or insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: RP from 3rd Tri - Back Issues After Vaginal Delivery?

  • I've had a lot of back pain since giving birth. I was quite small before getting pregnant- 5?4" and 110 lbs. I had a lot of back pain at the end of my pregnancy, which I attributed to being on my feet as a teacher for 9 hrs a day and gaining 34 lbs.

     However, my back pain was much worse after birth. Within 2 weeks I was only 7 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight but was having tons of back pain. It was to the point where laying flat on my back sometimes it was physically impossible to get back up. I would lay there for a few minutes until I could find a position in which I could get up.

     It has gotten better...slowly, but surely. I would ask your OB their opinion, and also if you see a specialist for your back. I had all my issues with no prior back problems. I did have a fast vaginal delivery- 4 hours of labor total, including 30 min of pushing. GL! 

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  • I have severe scoliosis.  While pregnant w/ DS, I was in physical therapy for my increased back pain (mostly upper, some mid-back).  After he was born, I was in so much pain, I couldn't even carry my little guy around.  It slowly got better and I began chiropractic treatments when DS was about a month old, which helped tremendously.

    Before getting pregnant this time, I spent around a year or so strengthening my back and core muscles.  I still have some back pain associated with this pregnancy, but nothing even close to last time.  I'm also planning a hospital, water birth to reduce any pressure or strain that may be caused during labor/delivery this time around.

    If I were you, I would do all the research I could and I would be VERY concerned about further weakening my core by scheduling a c/s. 

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