When I was in high school I had a chiropracter who routinely ordered full-body x-rays for his new patients. We discovered from that x-ray that at some point during my childhood I had fallen and broken my tailbone in such a way that when it healed, it fused in a position perpendicular to the rest of my spine. It has never caused me any pain or discomfort, but it does point inward at an almost 90 degree angle. My chiro told me then that when I had my first child (assuming I delivered vaginally) my coccyx would break again and be pushed back into a more normal position.
Because of this information, for years I have assumed that I would NEED an epidural just to handle the pain of of my tailbone breaking, regardless of the other pains of labor. However, now that I am actually pregnant with my first, and I know alot more about the effects of drugs during labor....well, I really would rather not go that route. I really want to have a natural birth if at all possible, and I'm even considering my options for homebirth. But still knowing that I have this "obstacle," I question whether this is even possible.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Are there birthing positions that could possibly help me endure the pain? Obviously this is a question I need to ask my care provider (whoever that ends up being...but that's another story), but I thought I'd seek some input here as well!
Anyone else have any input?
I was very worried when I was pregnant. I had a 10 pound, 3 ounce ds at home (so no epidural!) with no extra pain from my tailbone.
In fact after going through labour and childbirth I realized how much pain my tailbone had been giving me all those years as it was comparable to labour pains. So that's when I sought treatment from a chiropractor who has helped me manage the pain.
When I had my dd (also at home) I did not have any issues either.
I do have to say that my tailbone hurt quite a bit for a couple weeks after I gave birth, so make sure you're prepared for that just in case. It basically kept me from doing much walking around the house, but I was lucky to have my husband around so he could bring me food. My midwife gave me some Traumeel lotion, which helped quite a bit.
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I have an extremely hooked tailbone -anterior angulation. In my country (Bosnia and Herzegovina) but generally Europe people do not know much abour thsese problems, my doctor told me tha operation can cause even more problems afteerwards so it would be best to avoid that option.Nevertheless my and my husband plan to have a baby but I am terrified of the idea to get pragnenet because I believe that birth might injure me or the baby. I would appreciate very much more info and support on this topic. Thank you
I had my daughter back in 2007 and was unable to progress beyond 6 cm after 15 hrs of labor. My doctor decided I need to have a c-section. When asking my doctor about a possible
v-bac in the future she said she wouldn't even consider it in my situation. Months after I found out the my tailbone was inverted. I am not yet having my second child but, plan to try a new doctor and ask about the possibility of a v-bac now knowing the more info. I don't know if my tailbone prevented my from having her naturely but, I think it may have been a contributing factor.