The tough task of managing scoliosis and pregnancy
According to majority of medical researches conducted on women with scoliosis, the effect on their pregnancy conditions seems to be rather insignificant. The risks of pregnancy increasing the spinal cord curvature were also found to be extremely of the lower order. Exception cases were observed wherein women were apparently going through their 3rd or 4th child bearing. Only among them the curvature was found to increase by 50 and 100.
The included criteria were:
- Treatment of scoliosis through non surgical methods.
- Women with scoliosis who had undergone more than 3 pregnancies.
- Women with scoliosis who were in their 1st or 2nd pregnancy.
Clinical Studies on patients with Scoliosis and pregnancy
The clinical studies which were conducted on a group of expecting mothers revealed certain interesting facts like
The changes in the posture, which took place during the growth of pregnancy, were found to be in a natural manner. They helped them in taking a straight position.
Most of the weight was concentrated in abdominal region. The weight then spread along its width area.
When women who were into their 12th week of pregnancy were subject to scanning, it was found that
- The expanding uterus moved out of the pelvis region and grew towards sideways, superior and forward directions.
- The position of lumbar lordosis was observed to remain more or less undisturbed.
The only observed fact was that Normal delivery may not be possible in some cases of advanced scoliosis, where cesarean delivery was recommended.
In some cases of cesarean delivery, the women were also made to undergo surgical methods to cure their scoliosis problem.
Clinical Studies on patients who had pregnancy after scoliosis therapy
In another case, the patients who became pregnant after they underwent therapy for scoliosis were subject to clinical analysis. For this purpose, a group of 20 female patients were selected. Around 35 – 40% of them had developed back pain during their pregnancy period.70% of the tested patients reported about back pain even after child birth. They had to undergo a physical therapy again. This was conducted to solve their problem of lower back pain.
Types of scoliosis and their effects on pregnancy
Among the various types of scoliosis, only the kyphosis scoliosis seemed to have major negative effects on the women’s health during pregnancy period. Even in such cases, their ability to conceive normally and deliver the baby normally through the vaginal canal seemed to have no major side effects. This was after they were given proper medication to overcome their health problems.
The studies conducted in all the above mentioned cases (only) have revealed that scoliosis may not have any significant negative impact on the pregnancy and child birth, except a few rare cases.