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#1 of 5 Old 11-15-2008, 01:33 PM - Thread Starter
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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???
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#2 of 5 Old 11-22-2008, 12:44 AM
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A friend of mine cracked her rib while pregnant and had her baby girl 1wk ago with no problems at all, she had to have the bubba at hospital (was planning a homebirth) because of the drugs she was on for the pain as it caused her daughter to have some breathing problems at birth but all is great now and i dont think it affected her during labour (well she didnt say anything about it to me). good luck.

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I remember having a super-fast healing time when preggo, like one day I nearly cut the tip of my finger off while slicing vegetables (blade went very deeply into the nail bed), but amazingly it was healed completely -except for the scar- within about a week without stiches. I couldn't believe it.

If I were you I wouldn't let it take my focus away from my VBAC. You still have TONS of time to heal, just don't do anything rigorous (running, aerobics, etc.) in the meanwhile and relax.

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You have a lot of time left to heal. I agree with PP regarding improved healing times when pregnant. However, the rattling lungs will definitely stress your system and prolong the healing of the rib. Watch the lungs carefully - if you really do have a bacterial infection that is getting worse, it will be much more stressful on your body to fight it off alone than dealing with antibiotics.

I am strongly against antibiotics, so this advice is not given lightly! I was GBS+ and refused the antibiotics.

By the time your baby arrives, I predict your painful rib will only be a bad memory. I really don't think it will affect your VBAC.

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I have no advice or anything to offer, but I'm SO sorry for you that that has happened to you I couldn't imagine and pray I will never have to! Wish I could give you hand!

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