I have been on these boards for a while and found them to be a great help after my recent Microdiscectomy (in July 2013). I changed my username as I don't want to be searchable.
I just found out yesterday that I'm pregnant. I'm 42, and prior to the back surgery I was recovering from a shoulder surgery.
Besides the fact that this is pregnancy is an accident with a capital A, one of my biggest fears is that it could affect my back or that the delivery itself could cause another herniation. I have had two microdiscectomies and my surgeons have said that I simply have a "bad back" and that I will likely need future surgeries. I have a very narrow spinal canal and permanent nerve damage in one leg from Microdiscectomy #1.
My husband says that my health is his number one fear when it comes to the pregnancy, and I am inclined to agree. And yet there is a part of me that wonders if I should go through with it, since I got pregnant on birth control and it feels like a one-in-a-million chance that happened at this age. We did not want kids but it's hard to wonder if perhaps we were supposed to have them.
So I am wondering for any of you who have "bad backs" and have had kids, what was the effect on your back specifically?
Tomorrow I will see a doctor and will try to outline my history to her in the hopes that I can have a frank discussion.