Pregnancy is a special stage. Anything you do or your medical condition may affect both you and your baby. If you have disk syndrome, you may wonder whether your bad spine causes negative effects. You can find the answer in this article.
About disk syndrome
A spinal disk is placed between two spinal bones. It has a tough, fibrous, stiffer outer and a softer, elastic inner. Spinal disks are held in place by ligaments. They act like shock absorbers which make the spine more flexible.
The spinal disks change with age, making them more prone to injury. There are two main categories of disk syndrome, including herniated disk and degenerative disk disease. A herniated disk often brought on by aging process or your activities. The core can leak out of the outer through small cracks. Degenerative disk disease occurs when the spinal disk loses its hydration and shrinks, providing less cushioning to the spine.
Does disk syndrome affect your pregnancy?
Although disk syndrome can affect your body, it does hot harm your fetus. You can still give birth to a healthy baby. The most common spinal problem during pregnancy is herniated disk. It can cause the permanent neurologic deficit. Sciatica is also reported. Sciatica happens when the sciatic – the largest nerve in the leg – is irritated. However, pregnancy does not raise your chance of getting this condition.
If you have disk syndrome, you should tell your doctor if you want to get pregnant. Your doctor may give you some useful advice. Conservative treatment can be applied to help your feel better however a surgery may be recommended.
Disk syndrome may affect your delivery and breastfeeding. Some postures or positions can make you feel more painful. So the number of positions you can use for laboring is limited.
How to manage some common problems?
Although disk syndrome does not cause negative effects on your baby; back pain, leg pain, or numbness can make you uncomfortable. And if you are afraid that medical treatment can affect your child, let’s consider these tips:
- Do exercises. Staying active can also help you deliver more easily. You can do low-impact exercises such as swimming or walking.
- Cold packs or heated packs can be applied to the pain area for about 10 minutes. A warm bath can also help.
- You should wear flat, soft shoes. This type of shoe is good for pregnant women. It can help prevent from falling and protect your spine when you walk.
- Watch your posture. Try to keep a normal curvature. You can place a rolled up towel behind your back.
- Try not to lift heavy objects. This can put more pressure on your affected disk.
- Try to know your limitations. You should stop when the action hurts you.
- Do not sit or stand for too long. Get up and walk for a few minutes.
- Pillows and cushions can help you keep a good position in bed. Sleep on your side may help you feel better.
Your disk syndrome may affect your labor and breastfeeding but it does not affect your baby. If this combination makes you feel uncomfortable, some simple tips can help you overcome this stage more easily.
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Review Date: June 5, 2017 | Last Modified: June 5, 2017
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