Ankylosing Spondylitis and Pregnancy

By Miley Foster
Updated 2024-04-26 06:46:13 | Published 2022-02-01 21:53:16
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When my husband and I were starting our family, we were filled with excitement. The birth of my daughter was a remarkable experience that will always stay with me. Throughout my pregnancy, I felt an overwhelming sense of joy and anticipation. At that time, I wasn't even aware of ankylosing spondylitis, and I didn't experience any pain or morning sickness. My dedication to exercise kept my health in peak condition.

During my pregnancy, I asked my obstetrician if I could participate in a bicycle race I had enjoyed the previous summer. He had a valid point when he mentioned the risk of falling off the bike, so I decided against it. A few years later, I became pregnant with my son. Everything went smoothly until the eighth month, when I started experiencing intermittent pain in the back of my neck. At the time, it didn't seem like a big deal, but little did I know that I would later be diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis.

I consider myself blessed to have had my children before the intense hip pain began. For women who have ankylosing spondylitis and are considering starting a family, pregnancy can be a nerve-racking experience. Carrying a baby while feeling weakened and drained of energy is no easy task. However, many women with chronic pain have successfully become mothers.

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If you're in this position and feeling anxious about how your body will cope, here are some tips to help you navigate the journey:

  1. Have an open discussion with your medical professional about your chronic pain. They can offer guidance and help you prepare and manage the pain during pregnancy. Ask them about safe pain management options and other treatments.
  2. Manage stress by maintaining a normal routine and incorporating relaxing activities like yoga and meditation. Identify and minimize any stress triggers that may affect you.
  3. Surround yourself with a strong support system of friends, family, or support groups. They can provide moral support, help with daily tasks, and alleviate stress.
  4. If you experience lingering pain, consult with your obstetrician about connecting with an expert who specializes in managing discomfort during pregnancy.
  5. Create an organized plan with your healthcare provider to track changes in your body and prepare for potential issues. Establish a schedule of prenatal visits and develop an effective pain management plan.
  6. Listen to your body and pay attention to any changes or unusual pain. Don't hesitate to contact your doctor if needed. Regular physical activity and rest can help manage symptoms.
  7. Make healthy lifestyle choices by maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding unhealthy foods, and staying hydrated. Follow your doctor's advice on supplements and medications.
  8. Practice self-care and invest in activities that promote your well-being, such as walking and meditation. These can significantly reduce chronic pain symptoms.

Building a family may seem intimidating for women dealing with chronic pain, but with proper support and preparation, it is possible. Seek help when needed, communicate with medical professionals, and prioritize self-care. Starting a family is a valid and achievable goal. I wish you all the best on your journey. Stay connected with others who have ankylosing spondylitis by joining our Facebook Support Group.

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