Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PAO'd and Pregnant

So, those who have read my blog may know that hubby and I have had our share of ups and downs over the past several years. There have been wonderfully happy times, as well as tragic and heartbreaking times; we’ve seen each other at our highest and lowest points. Together, we’ve helped each other through our most trying times, and we have become an even stronger pair because of it. While these times have been stressful, and overwhelming, and have often left us feeling a little despaired…we know that enduring these times has made us what we are today, and I’m thankful for that. Good and bad, we take it all as an opportunity to learn and grow together, and to be better partners for each other. So, after the things that we’ve weathered, you can imagine the overjoyed, jubilant, and complete euphoria experienced when we learned that we will be parents come April! It has been the most exciting and joyful time of our lives! We are over the moon and just loving every moment of this new experience.

Baby G at 8 Weeks

So far, the pregnancy has really been a dream. We have been so fortunate. I had minimal morning sickness, and hardly any real “pregnancy symptoms.” I’m just about 18 weeks now. We’ve been to several appointments (including two ultrasounds), and all of our appointments have shown a healthy and happy little Baby G! We are soaking up every moment of this, it’s been so fun!
On a more serious note: something we are trying to be cognizant of moving forward is how my pelvic history could affect this pregnancy and delivery of this little ray of sunshine. Since we’ve learned we’re expecting, we’ve visited both our OB and our surgeon. Due to my complicated pelvic history, we’ve had several conversations with both doctors regarding what to expect during and how to approach pregnancy and delivery. 

Baby G at 12 weeks

Here’s a quick summation of history/current conditions of my little hip-y’s:
Right hip is severely dysplastic (center edge angle less than 5). It was surgically adjusted with RPAO in October 2012. The PAO was followed by an arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn labrum with cartilage degeneration and cyst formation. The arthroscopic surgery fixed the labrum, cleaned up the joint, and micro-fractured to create “new cartilage.”
Left hip has Pincer FAI and some labrum pain. This is not terrible, but it’s enough to be annoying from time to time. Lots of “start-up” pain.
Due to years of misalignment, I deal with some sciatic and associated back pain (don’t we all?). I also have arthritis in both hips. Occasionally I still get some psoas tightness and cramping in my PAO’d hip, as well. Overall, though, I feel really great! Once I’m up and moving, I’m pain free the majority of the day.
After discussion with my doctors, there are just a couple of things I need to be careful for:
-          When you’re pregnant, your muscles and tendons tend to relax and stretch. This could be troublesome for me since I’ve still got some psoas tenderness and other weakness in the surgical hip. While it’s not an issue overall, it could make me more susceptible to injury. Because of this, I’ve been told that I should avoid field work. Also, I began showing very early in pregnancy and my center of balance has been all out of whack since about 8-9 weeks which is another reason I should avoid field work. 

-          As I grow along with the baby, the extra weight could put an unusual amount of stress on my hips. A concern that I have is how that will affect my cranky psoas. It’s got a short temper (although it is better than it used to be), so I’m hoping that this excess weight won’t cause it to spaz out. (Literally.) I’m thinking that if the weight gain is gradual enough, it won’t be so bad. I’ve already gained almost 10 pounds at 18 weeks, so I’m almost halfway to the total amount of weight I should gain during the pregnancy. My surgeon had mirrored my concern, elaborating that as I get farther along, the pelvis will start to widen to prepare for childbirth. This is another time of concern, where we see how all the muscles and tendons respond to being a bit stretched. To keep limber during this time, he recommended I continue doing yoga consistently. I haven’t been doing yoga at all since I found out I was pregnant, since the internet has a funny way of telling you about everything that could possibly hurt your baby. One of the pieces of fear-mongering I read was that some stretches can hurt the baby and cause contractions (or some craziness like that). So I skipped out on it until I could figure out a good prenatal yoga class to attend. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend who gave me a prenatal yoga DVD so that I can do these classes on my own time, in the comfort of my own home. The yoga should also help out with the sciatic pain, which has always been an issue and I’m sure will continue to be.

-          When delivery day (or night) comes, we’ll need to pay special attention to what my hips are telling me. Although no one expects an issue, if I’m having a hard time getting good comfortable birthing positions or if my hips just aren’t widening enough, we’ll need discuss a caesarian section. This is absolutely not wanted or expected at all, but it’s just something to be prepared for in case. Another scenario is if the baby is a big’un, and I’m a little one, it may be better for my hips to deliver by caesarian. All things that only time will tell.

Other than that, this is all just a “wait and see how it goes” kinda thing. I’m the first PAO’d patient of Dr. Schiller who’s had a pregnancy post-PAO, so he’s just as interested in seeing how it goes as I am. Hopefully if I can keep consistent with the yoga and just take it easy, I should be just fine!

I’m looking forward to what the next few months bring! 

Thanks all, hope you’re well and happy!,


  1. Congratulations! What happy news after so much turmoil. I hope your hips cooperate and accommodate the type of birth you are hoping for!

  2. Yay!!! That's such exciting news! Congratulations! There's not much online about pregnancy post PAO so I'm interested to see how everything goes for you! Hope everything continues to go well!