Has anyone broken a rib during pregnancy?
I'm 17.5 weeks along with #3, attempting a VBA2C in mid-April. This week I broke one of my ribs. I know I did. It's excruciatingly painful when I cough, sneeze, or just move the wrong way. In fact, I can feel the bone shifting as I inhale to cough (hubby brought home some terrible chest congestion business from work).
I know drs. can't do anything to help--no cast or anything. But I'm just worried it won't be healed by the time I go into labor (sort of worried, just need some reassurance, actually b/c e'thing I read says "4-6 weeks." However, I'm kind of concerned that it may not heal properly b/c my body is different since I'm pregnant, and will be constantly changing over the next 5 mos., too.
Anyone have any comments/ideas about this? My lungs are pretty rattly and I'm wondering if I shouldn't see if I don't have an infection that requires antibiotics....and if I stopped coughing then my rib could heal faster. But I don't like the idea of taking antibiotics while pregnant. And would the medicine just loosen everything up and make me cough even more?
This is soo bizarre! I never dreamed that a broken rib could possibly sabotage my VBAC attempt! But I tell you what--I certainly can not imagine pushing with this kind of pain. I mean, it's excruciating if I turn the wrong way in bed; in fact last night I had to sleep sitting up!
Surely it won't, right? I've got a long time to go before labor is here! Right???