Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Aches and pains

We're closing in on eleven months since Elijah was born, and still I have aches and pains.

This latest bout was caused by Elijah having a tantrum while being held on my hip, swiftly climbing up my body, over my left shoulder, down my back (with me holding on to his ankle for dear life), back up and over my right shoulder. I think he's put my back out. Just lovely.

What irritates me even more than having this happen to my body is that I only just got it fixed by my osteopath a couple of weeks ago. The problem that was fixed most likely partly occurred during pregnancy. The postural change of pregnancy, combined with my pre-existing mild lordosis and my acceptance of this as normal, created a major pelvic tilt. The remainder of the problem, a twist to the pelvis, may have occurred during pregnancy, labour, postnatal or a combination of these. I had no idea the problem was so bad, but it sure explained my frequent back pain and headaches.

In fact, I didn't even realise how distorted my pelvis was. I just put my inability to get my tummy back to laziness and lack of exercise. Turns out I couldn't pull in it because of the tilt. Now that it's been adjusted, suddenly it's easier to pull up.

The interesting thing about this pelvic distortion is that it is possible that it was a major contributor to the problems I experienced during labour and Elijah's birth. Pelvic distortion can lead to posterior presentation. So although I did all of the exercises I was told to try to turn Elijah, every time I stood or walked, I was undoing all of my efforts. If the twist of the pelvis occurred pre-labour, then this would also have had a major impact on Elijah's pathway down the birth canal.

Elijah was fully posterior in presentation. His position led to me not feeling the urge to push, which in turn, led to a prolonged second stage, followed by intervention after intervention. He also suffered a shoulder dystocia. The resulting trauma could have been prevented if I'd paid more attention to my posture in the first place.

As if I didn't have enough mother-guilt.


anastasia_wolf said...

*hugs* it's not your fault at all me dear! I asked my osteo if my stiff hip could have contributed to the posterior labour and he said that he could not say for certain because there are more factors at play than just your body. It may be the case but if it is, then that is awesome you know about it and can make sure it's NOT a problem next time. How many people think to get their posture/skeletal alignment checked before getting pregnant or going into labour? Don't blame yourself just use it as a learning experience.

The Mumma said...

Oh yeah, soooo many things are learning experiences for next time.