This is very much in the "maybe we want one, life is hard now, will be harder with two, but it'd be nice, gee, how could we make it work" stage, so nothing is planned...but...I have had baby fever for nearly a year now. The reherniation threw a massive monkey wrench in those plans (not that they were plans yet), and now I want another baby but am afraid of what the stress of carrying a child will do to my spine. This is especially the case considering it was when I was 7mos preggo with my son (who's 2 1/2 now) when my disc herniated more, and during childbirth it essentially shattered (ouch). I had my first surgery 4mos after giving birth (Aug '06) and the second this past December.
My most recent MRI shows some arthritic changes in the facet joints, and some mild scar/granulation (healing) tissue around the nerve root. The neuro said since the surgery was less than a year ago, it's to be expected.
My neuro doesn't think pregnancy would be a problem (though it does strain the facet joints as the belly makes the back over-arch), and it seems all the docs feel "Oh, you should be fine." They also said that the FIRST time.
I know no one can give me 100% assurance, but right now just hearing "You should be fine" is not enough. I want technical/medical explanations assuring me that (at least most likely) my spine will be able to withstand another pregnancy. I also know that if there is one, there will be certain provisions: 1) I will be pulled off work early (around 7mos), and 2) I will have an "old school" c-section where I'm completely knocked out. Natural childbirth would be too traumatic on my spine, and the modern c-section where the woman is awake won't work because they won't give me a spinal (altered anatomy and all).
Wondering anyone and everyone's thoughts, experiences, and advice on this one. Frickin' baby fever! :SS