Pregnancy Risks For People With Severe Scoliosis?
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Normally, the spine has a straight curve when viewed from the front or back. In people with scoliosis, this curvature of the spine becomes abnormal, which is curved sideways, to form the letter S. This condition can occur from birth, but some develop slowly with age. The main factors that trigger scoliosis are not clearly known. However, various factors, such as heredity, neuromuscular disorders (for example, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy), birth defects that affect the development of the spine, and a history of spinal infection or injury have a strong influence on scoliosis.
In most cases, scoliosis is not a dangerous condition. However, if the degree of curvature is large enough (more than 25 degrees), the sufferer can experience severe pain, asymmetrical body shape, more prone to fracture of the spine, causing heart and / or lung function disorders.
The relationship between scoliosis and pregnancy and childbirth can vary depending on the severity of the scoliosis you have. Scoliosis does not affect a person's fertility or potential for pregnancy. In low-grade scoliosis, scoliosis usually doesn't cause any serious consequences. However, if the degree of your scoliosis is high enough, then this has the potential to cause obstacles to the development of the fetus in your womb, which is due to pressure on the uterus by other structures around it. Pregnant women who suffer from scoliosis are more likely to experience GERS (reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus), shortness of breath, and body aches compared to those without scoliosis. In addition, women with moderate to severe scoliosis are at increased risk of having a narrow pelvis, so the likelihood of having a cesarean delivery is greater.
Unfortunately, you can provide detailed information regarding the scoliosis you are suffering from, including its degree, causes, and what kind of treatment you have been experiencing so far. Therefore, it is difficult for us to identify how scoliosis may affect your pregnancy and later delivery.
For that, we recommend that you consult directly with an obstetrician and / or orthopedic specialist.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah