can be an incredibly debilitating condition even at the best of times, but when the person with the curved spine is also pregnant, the results can be catastrophic.
Yes, scoliosis and pregnancy are a troublesome combination. The weight of your unborn child significantly increases the load on your spine, and this can cause scoliosis to progress rapidly over the course of the pregnancy. Bearing children tends to leave scoliosis sufferers even worse off than before; post-birth, the mother's Cobb angle
will often be far greater than it was before she became pregnant, and the symptoms of her spinal curvature far harder to ignore.
Knowing this, many scoliosis sufferers decide never to have children, but if you want to be a parent then you don't have to let your curved spine get in the way.
How can we help?
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic
, we have helped many scoliosis sufferers to sidestep the problems that often accompany pregnancy when your spine is abnormally curved.
In this video, Nancy Laudon (22, New York City) talks about her wish to have more children and how ScolioGold treatment gave her the confidence to get pregnant again without worrying about her scoliosis progressing.
People with scoliosis frequently come to us and complete a ScolioGold course
before conceiving a child, and our treatment techniques help to keep their scoliosis stable during pregnancy. Many of these patients have also reported that they generally did not suffer from the back pain that commonly affects pregnant women, even those with perfectly healthy spines.
Roz Couch (46, Surrey) came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for treatment in 2006 prior to having any children. Our ScolioGold treatment course reduced her Cobb angle measurement, and as the X-rays below illustrate, this result has been maintained (and indeed reduced slightly further) over the last 10 years and through two pregnancies.
After 10 Years & 2 Pregnancies
January 2016 34⁰ & 38⁰
Roz's story was featured in Baby Surrey
magazine shortly after the birth of her first child - here's what she had to say about her experience:
"I had great results in my 4 weeks, reducing my scoliometer reading by nearly 50%...over the months that followed, and continuing the exercises each day, I saw a lot of my old pains disappear."
"Commitment and hard work are the key but given that option and the option of having surgery, I know which one I would choose every time!"
If you are thinking of having a child, but you are worried about the effect that pregnancy might have on your curved spine, please contact us to book an initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out how we can help you.