Scoliosis Spinal Fusion and Pregnancy

Labor and Delivery – What’s it’s like

My labor and delivery was very challenging and I think this is why it has taken me so long to publish this video.  In the video you will find all the fun details you need to know. I hope you enjoy it!


Third Trimester – 33 Weeks

Wow, I can’t believe he’ll be here so soon! In this video I provide my recommendations for traveling while pregnant, dealing with low back pain, and some extra fun tidbits. Hope you enjoy! Also, please let me know if you have anything else to add or share.

Second Trimester – 19 Weeks

New symptoms have been sneaking up and I think it’s important to share with you what’s happening. In this video, I discuss the latest symptoms related to my scoliosis and pregnancy.


Please feel free to share if you have any additional symptoms you have experienced with scoliosis spinal fusions and pregnancy.

First Trimester – 12 Weeks

So, it’s official: I have had spinal fusions, twice, and I am now 14 weeks pregnant (I was 12 weeks when I recovered the video). In my search for guidance and answers about what to expect with my condition I came short — there is limited to no information out there for people like me. This video is the beginning of my attempt to document the process and to create a guide in the end to help others and for my own personal future reference.

Please feel free to share any information or inside scoop you may have — anything helps!

15 thoughts on “Scoliosis Spinal Fusion and Pregnancy

  1. Congratulations!! I know what you mean about there being limited information out there. I have always worried about the impact pregnancy would have on my spine (I too have had the fusion surgery 6 years ago). I will be following your story with interest 🙂 x

    1. Having spinal fusion completely changes how your body moves and reacts and so does pregnancy. I wish there was more information out there, especially because I feel like there’s a good number of people who have scoliosis or who have had spinal fusion. I’m going to post a new video in the coming weeks, but feel free to ask anything if you have any questions.

      1. Hi

        I had Harrington Rod surgery when I was 13 years old that did not go well and left me paralysed ( temporary). They had do have an emergency operation to remove it and only did a fusion on my curvature. That was in the early seventies and we had to be bed bound for 6 months after that wearing a horrible plaster of paris cast over our torso!
        Anyway the purpose of this mail is not to go on about my condition but to let you know that my pregnancy went quite smoothly except in the late trimesters when I have a lot of leg cramps and slept most of the time sitting up with tons of pillows! I had a natural birth ( no epidural) ,my baby is now 26 years old.
        So do not worry too much about the fusion. Stay as active as you can.
        Good Luck!

      2. Hi Chopo-hoong! Thank you so much for the message! It’s super nice to know that I am not alone in this journey. I’ve been walking a ton and I’m also doing a maternity workout daily. I think that has really been the key up to this point. I still have another 12 weeks to go so fingers crossed it goes well 🤓

  2. Congratulations!! Prayers on your newly embarked journey..FYI, my mother was 19 when she became pregnant with me..She is a Scoliosis Survivor from the 70’s..Harrington Rod, 4 feet 6 inches tall and about 85 pounds back then..But she did it, I was born healthy and she again delivered a baby boy in 1981..Remember “all things are possible with God!”

    1. Oh, that’s such great news! How’s your mama doing now? I’m praying that everything goes well for me as well. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the very nice comment.


    1. Gracias, Marleny! No estoy preocupada. Creo que dios nos da lo que podemos manejar. Los videos son informativos porque no ahí mucho información en el internet. Gracias por todo tu apoyo. Besitos xoxo

  4. Congrats! I will definitely be following your story. I had a spinal fusion 10 years ago and all I was told at the time was not to get an epidural where my spine is fused.
    Have you asked a dr what to expect or do anything special. I’m looking to have kids in the next couple of years and definitely a little worried! Where are you fused from?

    1. Ive had different doctors tell me different things. My surgeon said that it would be not problem to get an epidural, but I have to bring my X-rays with me. But, Ive had other doctors tell me that it’s not possible to have an epidural; so we’ll see. I’m going to try to do this naturally. I hope that I can manage it. I am fused from T1 to L4 and I had two surgeries one in 1999 and another one in 2005. Where are you fused?

      1. The information out there is so contradictory and confusing!

        Oh wow, two surgeries is impressive.
        I’m fused from t3-l3 and was lucky to get away with posterior fusion only. Definitely would not want to go through it again! Best of luck with everything!

      2. I’m not pregnant, but extremely curious because I have a t3-l3 spinal fusion and now thinking about maybe starting a family in a few years.
        How many doctors did you have to see for your pregnancy?
        Considering medical cost will greatly impact my decision.

      3. I had a MAJOR accident 2 years before I got pregnant. It was so bad. I couldn’t move. It took my 40 minutes to walk what used to take me 5 minutes. I was not only afraid to get pregnant because of my scoliosis and spinal fusion but also because I had fallen down the stairs and could barely move. I spoke to my orthopedic and he said it was fine as long as I felt strong enough. My fusion was from T1-L4. I had some issues delivering lying down so I ended up delivering him standing up. I say, if you want to go for it, go for it – it’s the best thing Ive ever done. PS. I did it 100% drug-free

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