So I am wondering if csection is better option for us women with the SPONDY... for short?
I have spondy, i had a spinal fusion in 2003, and i have managed to carry and give birth to both my children naturally, i had a grade 3 slipage, so i personally see no need for a csec! im no doctor tho! just thought i'd share my thoughts :)
I went the c-section route and I have no regrets. I was diagnosed with spondy (grade 3) 9 mo. after my first child (vaginal delivery) and was told I would need a spinal fusion within a year (based on my symptoms) if not within 3 years for sure (2 opinions of this). I was pregnant 3 months later and started asking the same question. Did not get much of an answer from my back Dr. or OB but said that it wouldn't hurt. My husband and I figured it was better to do that than risk it. It is now 4 years later and I am I doing fantastic. I had a few problems with back pain after (shearing they called it?) but I saw a PT and continued to exercise regularly and my symptoms went away. My goal now is to get both kids in school full-time before having surgery.
Another thought though...I did not know I had spondy when I was pregnant the first time. Therefore, I did not take care of my back like I did with #2. I think that can probably help a lot. Though my back doctor thought that it was the "pushing" that probably brought out my symptoms. My cousin has the same condition and she went ahead with a vaginal birth and had no problems. But she was aware of her condition and she was very active in Pilates (which is highly recommended.)
Good luck!!! Either way, I would encourage you to swim/float througout your pregnancy and see a PT pre and post if you have any symptoms. Despite what the back doctors say, PT CAN help some people!
PS Sorry this is so long-winded!
yes!!!! with out a doubt...please find a high risk doctor and have an elective c-section.
Please come join a group I am C0-Admin. on...and you can read my story...I have had 3 vaginal births...2 before my spinal fusion and one after my spinal fusion.....I was told a vaginal birth would be fine...how terribly wrong they were!!!!
this is also a link to our main Spondylolisthesis group......https://www.facebook.com/groups/spondylolisthesis.support/