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Question for Ladies - Disc Herniation & Getting Pregnant/Life with Kids

My background:

I am 29/F and an MRI confirmed I have an L4/L5 left paracentral disc extrusion that is 11mm, moderate to severe canal narrowing with compression on L5 nerve root. Work related injury helping someone lift a generator off a truck with bad mechanics. It has been about 2 months now and My current symptoms are weakness in ankle (not a complete foot drop as I still have some dorsiflex capabilities), severe sciatic pain from butt to calf (hurts the most here), and occasional toe numbness. I've been told to avoid all types of flexion and not rotate my body until conditions get better. I am currently doing PT & acupuncture, and am trying to avoid surgery. Going into week 8, I would say the pain has decreased 50% since week 1-4 (where I could barely stand or walk without wanting to fall over and cry). 

I guess what I wanted to ask is, for the ladies who had a disc extrusion/herniation in their 20's/early 30's before pregnancy, and have now have kids:

-  Did having a history of disc herniation make your pregnancy painful or difficult? Did you re-herniate your disc after the added weight to your body?

-  If you didn't suffer pains during pregnancy- were you are you able to hold and carry your kids on the side of your body? Normal functions like piggy back ride, reach over and take your kids & carseat out of the car?


Before this injury, I envisioned myself to become a mom that can run around, carry, and keep up with her kids. But this unexpected herniation has been so depressing as I am afraid my capacity to play with my kids will become limited. Not to mention, family planning has been pushed aside because my back hurts so much to even enjoy baby making. I was so excited to start my 30's and start a family. I would just like to hang on to hope that it will get better from any of you ladies who can share your story. Also whether you were able to heal naturally without surgery would be great to hear.

Thank you. 



  • hi jubileeme

    welcome to spine-health

    so sorry to hear about your work related injury and hope you are getting support from your employer.

    it must be a worrying time for you about your future and i hope you are able to ask your spine specialist questions about this and what you will be able to achieve.

    please keep us updated about your ongoing treatment and i hope you find this site as helpful and informative as i have through my surgeries.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
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