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So I have a slipped disc in my lumbar spine that wasn't doing so hot before I got pregnant as I've posted about before. Now that I'm pregnant it's just getting worse. My primary care doc has put me on partial bedrest and anticipates that this may lead to complete bedrest by the end of my pregnancy. While I'm obviously not thrilled about that I am resigned to it and knew before I got pregnant that this was likely. The risk is that I could severely injure my back and cause nerve damage and not be able to hold my own child post-partum among other issues. It's "partial" bedrest for now because I'm still going to physical therapy and am supposed to take walks and will be able to go to my Bradley classes and things like that. And I have tried other methods like acupuncture and chiropractics and stuff. Unfortunately this path makes the most sense for now.<br><br>
But enough whining about that. My doctor mentioned at my appointment today that she thinks I'll probably only get a "trial of labor" and I might get a c-section because they wouldn't want me to throw my back out from pushing too much. Now... this is coming from my primary care MD who is high-tech rather than my midwives who believe in low-intervention and natural birth. So I'm taking it with a grain of salt (or several). I'm sure my MD is imagining me laboring in a lying-down position in a hospital bed... which is completely the opposite of my birth plan. I WILL discuss this with my midwife at my prenatal appt tomorrow but I guess I just wanted some reassurance. Do you really think I'm at increased risk for a c-section as an otherwise healthy woman with a bad back?
 

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You might get some advice/reassurance at the <a href="http://www.ican-online.org/" target="_blank">ICAN</a> site.
 

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MmeMuffin, I'm so sorry you are going through this! It's so hard to function sometimes just being pregnant I can't imagine how this would feel<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I have no idea. I would definately ask your MW. I would think that it depended on how you felt though. If you feel you can push your baby out, don't let some stupid doctor tell you that you can't. While I am no MW I think you are the one that can best decide. They also can't make you get a c-section can they? I say do your research, talk to your MW, and make your decision. The more I hear about Doctors-the more I dislike them!
 

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Once again, my back problems are nowhere near as serious as yours, but I will say from my experience (3 natural, unmedicated, <i>posterior</i> births!) that laboring naturally--with no restrictions on movement/position, no "coached" (forced) pushing, nothing but doing what felt the most natural and comfortable to me each moment--did not cause me to feel any back pain during labor or immediately after. Or at all after, really--not that could be directly attributed to the birth in any way.<br><br>
Actually, only my last 2 births were that wonderful (and I expect this one to be, as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">), my first was in a hospital and I was "encouraged" to push on their time schedule, and I was only "allowed" a semi-squat position which quickly became a forced lithotomy postion when he started to crown. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: But I didn't have a bad back at that time......hmmmm....the conspiracy theorist in me is wondering if there's a connection.....<br><br><br>
Anyway, all three of mine have been posterior with full-on back labor, also. So, given all that and still I had an excellent outcome (oh, and not small babies, either--my first was smallest, at 8lb 7oz....the other two were over 9lbs!), in your shoes I would be seeking out second opinions!! Is this MD going to be attending your birth, or is s/he merely taking care of your back and offering an *opinion* on what might happen at your birth?<br><br>
If s/he is not involved in the actual birth, I would do my best to erase those words from your mind! Talk about undermining your self-confidence! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Just make sure that the midwives or whoever will be actually attending your birth know everything about your back condition, and esp. make sure they know HOW IMPORTANT it is that you have FULL freedom of mobility!!!! <span style="font-size:xx-small;">can I possibly stress that more?? How about this:</span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Arial Black';"><span style="font-size:300%;"><span>FULL</span> <span style="color:#FF0000;">FREEDOM</span> OF <span style="color:#0000FF;">MOBILITY!!!!!</span></span></span> heheheh..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks for your responses everyone. I am feeling so much more confident about this today. I am glad I have all these resources to find out this information... if this were 20 years ago and a doctor said this to me then I might psych myself out! Or if I just didn't have access to a community - online or not - I might have taken this to heart way too much. I know that this will definitely make the rest of my pregnancy more difficult and painful but at least I get a baby at the end of it and not just suffering - right?<br><br>
SheBear - this MD is just offering an opinion. She won't be at the birth. She just takes care of my back. What I like about her is that she'll do anything I want her to do without a fuss - prescribe me meds if she knows I know they're safe and don't have addiction issues... refer me to any specialist I choose... refer me to any chiropractor I choose... AND she's very willing to fight for me with my disability claim. I do like her but she is very medical and high-intervention-minded so I tried not to take her too seriously when she said it but I was a little nervous.<br><br>
In case anyone else ends up doing a search on this later and is curious about other stories I've heard... here are two copy and pasted comments from another online community.<br><br>
"I've had three perfectly normal homebirths despite my back problems.<br><br>
Now, I admit that the back pain and problems were progressively worse over time, going from undiagnosed back pain to a herniated disc and a bulging disc to two bulging discs, a hernated disc and that original disc is just *gone*, but there's no way to know if it wouldn't have happened anyway."<br><br>
"I don't see why you can't labor and birth normally. If your back is very bad, you might need some more help. I just read a birth story on Mothering.com yesterday by a woman who had an unassisted homebirth with her leg in a cast! She'd been in a car accident late in the pregnancy, which damaged her foot and leg, but luckily missed her belly. Her husband had to help her hold that leg up, but she pushed that baby out! So can you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Just make sure you have supportive helpers to lean on."<br><br>
Anyway I feel way better. And really lucky to have access to such a supportive and encouraging community. On the way home from the hospital yesterday I said out loud in the car "Don't listen to the doctor... 'cause I WILL push you out my vagina." I'm glad that I've been able to square away my doubts now. Yay!
 

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my mom had a slipped disc with my younger sister and delivered naturally. i don't think a c-section was much of an option then.
 
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