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Pregnancy after Microdiscectomy?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all! I'm 1 month post op after a l5/s1 microdiscectomy. My husband and I are ready to start a family, but I was just wondering if there was anyone out there who got pregnant shortly after their microdiscectomy and how it affected their back/sciatica. My surgeon and ob both said it would be fine to get pregnant when I'm feeling well enough, but I had another OB tell me to wait 6 months. I'm sure this isn't a common topic here, but hopefully someone out there can relate! Thanks so much!


  • Hi KTeacher,

    Actually, this topic pops up once in awhile, although the last one may had been on the old site just before this one opened at the end of June. From what I remember, somebody got pregnant shortly after surgery. So it is possible, but whether it is advisable I let somebody else answer, who went through this experience.

    In the mean time, good luck with whatever you decide,

    Kin :) :) :)
  • Hi Kteacher,

    I had my L4L5 microD done in Jan and was told by my surgeon not to let it stop me having another baby if that was what I wanted. I would imagine it depends on what kind of recovery you are having at the moment and what your pain level is like as you wouldn't want to be taking meds during the pregnancy if possible.

    I don't think the early part of the pregnancy would put too much strain on your lower back as the bump doesn't start to get sizable until you are 5-6 months along. However, if you have bad morning sickness you might vomit alot which will be sore for your tummy and back muscles which are probably still pretty weak.

    Lower back pain is really common in pregnancy so you might just get "normal" pain as the pregnancy progresses or the change to your posture might worsen your existing injury, its hard to know what the future holds I guess but if your surgeon was OK then I think that's a good sign.

    I am now 6 months post op and I am really happy with my recovery, so if I wanted another baby I wouldn't let it get in the way.

    One thing I would advise a bit further along is to talk to your midwife/Dr on the best positions for labour and delivery that will take pressure off your lower back, I would recommend either on all 4s or kneeling rather than being flat on your back.

    Also, once you've had the baby it puts pressure on your back doing lots of new movements like picking the baby up out of its cot or pram so again it will take some getting used to, to do it without straining your back. I dont know if you are planning to breastfeed or not, but if so it is worth getting some expert help from a midwife or lactation specialist to make sure you are sitting in just the right position, as it is really easy to end up being all hunched over and over the months you feed the baby it adds up to lots of stress on your back.

    Hope some of this helps and that things go smoothly for you, please feel free to ask any more questions or PM me if you want.

    Take care

  • Thank you so much for the info...things I hadn't even thought about! It's much appreciated!
  • I am so glad there are some posts about this! I am ready to have another baby as well, and my surgeon told me to wait 6 months. I am hoping I will feel better sooner than that, but won't push it. My surgery is later this week.

    My neurologist highly recommended having the surgery before trying to get pregnant again since the pain could be much worse during pregnancy and then you can't take anything for it.
  • I think it's great that you want to have a baby, but I would be inclined to wait until you have completely healed from this surgery first. As soon as you are able too, it might be a good idea to try some strengthening exercises on your low back and abdominal muscles just to help support you during the pregnancy.

    Good luck with everything! Spicey
  • Hi there. I have had a L5/S1 microdisectomy. It was on Feb 13 and it is now May 28. I still have sciatica only just controlled by Lyrica and I still have back pain, then again maybe I do too much. I am 48 so my chances of getting pg are almost nil although I would love another baby. I have researched the meds and Lyrica is supposedly ok to take through pregnacy.
    I wish you all the best :)
    Judy 50
    microdisectomy L5/S1 February 13 2012
    PLIF L5/S1 January 31 2014; TLIF L5/S1 February 4 2014; 3rd surgery revision of screws L5/S1 February 4 2014
  • Hi
    I'm 42 and 4 weeks 2 days post op. I had one prior miscarraige Oct 2011 and had to put pregnancy on hold because my sciatica acted up and I decided on the microdiscectomy. I stopped taking all my meds and I am going to start trying this cycle. Since I doubt I will get pregnanty the first time I try I guess I'm not worried about it even though if time was not an issue I would wait 3 months to really work on strengthening my core.
    As far as Lyrica, I took it a short time before surgery and I read and was told my Dr. to absolutely not take it during or while trying to get pregnant. I imagine it's best not to take chances with those meds if possible.
  • cosmo.girlccosmo.girl Posts: 1
    edited 04/08/2014 - 1:48 PM
    Hi, I just had a microdiscectomy 1 week ago on 03/31/14, my post op is on 04/15/14 and I was wondering how did it all turn out? What did the doctor recommend and what did you end up doing? I've had 3 miscarriages so my getting pregnant so soon after this surgery is risky, but I feel like the pain from the herniation may have caused stress to my body, causing my last 2 miscarriages, so I feel like I have a higher chance of keeping a pregnancy now. I've heard people say wait 1 year for the bone to grow back entirely before trying, but I've also heard six weeks and all number in between the two different numbers. I currently am not taking any of the pain medication/muscle relaxers prescribed so I don't feel like that'd be an issue, but I am on antibiotics to help prevent infection. Has anyone tried as early as just weeks after surgery and have it been okay?

    Also, I know some people may have an issue with this, so don't judge me. I'm married, finished with college, career is stable and so are finances so it doesn't bother me any, but I'm 18 turning 19 and I don't want people telling me I'm too young or I'm not mentally capable of having a child. I know because I'm so young my chances of healing should move along a lot quicker then others and I feel like this could give me a plus towards getting pregnant after my surgery.
  • I'm having my microdiscectomy in two weeks and I've been suffering badly for 8 months. My problems started 9 months after giving birth and I wonder if my slipped disc was due to all the lifting, bending and twisting I did with my baby? There's no other explanation. The six weeks recovery period is worrying me, as it's going to be hard not picking my baby (he's 17 months old) up. I've coped well with the pain recently because my medication has changed to something which finally works, but one of the drugs I now take is Lyrica (Pregabalin) and I also was told by my Dr to absolutely NOT become pregnant whilst using it. Well, this is the problem - I DO want another baby, so the operation is the only way. The other problem is that I'm 41 and haven't got time on my side. I'm hoping to start trying as soon as this 6 weeks is over. And really hoping I don't get hyperemesis gravidarum (severe pregnancy sickness) again as yes, this would be bad with a weakened spine.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have no desire to have any more children, so from the getting pregnant afterwards standpoint, I don't have the answer. I will say, I think it makes sense to give yourself a few months to really fully recover because even if the pregnancy itself doesn't cause any major problems, there will be several years of lifting and bending and twisting involved with having an infant and a toddler. Simply putting a child in a carseat (or a shopping cart) is a challenging task for your back and almost impossible to do without lifting and twisting somewhat.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!
    Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
    L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
    Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014
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