Coccygectomy and pregnancy – it seems that these two things will be forever intertwined. Have you been suffering from severe coccyx pain after a natural vaginal childbirth and aren’t sure what to do? I will tell you about our experiences and then you can make some judgement calls as it pertains to your own unique situation with regards to a coccygectomy and pregnancy.
My wife had a pre-existing tailbone condition before we decided to move forward with her pregnancy. She knew that delivering the baby naturally could be a potential issue and we made our doctor aware of her concerns. Our concerns went unheaded and during the birth of our first child, my wife’s coccyx broke. We didn’t know what happened at the time other than my wife knew that something was definitely not right. Weeks turned into months and my wife was still in terrible pain in her coccyx area. We went to the doctor and told him how much pain my wife was in. He suggested that this was pretty normal after child-birth and it should eventually go away.
After two and half years of excruciating pain, unable to sit or stand for more than five minutes at a time and being more or less bed-ridden, I finally diagnosed her with coccydynia. After additional diagnosis from medical professionals, it was confirmed that she was a perfect candidate for a coccygectomy.
Here is what I learned from having a coccygectomy and pregnancy:
- The woman knows her body better than anyone – this includes her doctor. Listen to your body and if you think there is anything going wrong or doesn’t seem right, go and see you doctor.
- Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. If one doctor tells you it’s in your head, go and get a second opinion.
- I would obviously never recommend getting a coccygectomy while pregnant… that’s just crazy talk
- Once you’ve had a coccygectomy and are considering pregnancy, one can still have more children – we did. As we knew what to expect the second time around, we insisted on having a c-section birth. They listened this time.
Do you have a coccygectomy and pregnancy story? Why not leave a note and perhaps your experience could help someone else out. Our story is much more involved and would take up more space here, so I just gave you a brief snapshot of what we dealt with. We also had to deal with other chronic health issues (fibromyalgia, lupus, heart problems…), so our experience may be different than yours.