Preggo post PAO!

It’s been a while, and as you can tell from the title of this post I’ve been a busy bee!! he he. Actually I’d forgotten about my blog until I began searching for others experiences of pregnancy post PAO.

At almost 30 weeks pregnant I am pleased to report that both my operated and non-operated hips are performing well under the extra weight of baby.  That is with the exception of this morning when I hobbled out of bed for the 3 O’clock loo wake up call.  After some consideration I realised why exactly my left hip was playing up; after a day of slightly depressing DIY (when work goes more backwards than forwards) I had enjoyed a jump around to some suitably bad taste, but non the less enjoyable, Nickelback.  I haven’t jumped around in a while, so my poor hip probably didn’t know what had hit it what with extra baby weight to contend with. Still, only a twinge this morning and nothing more so all is well again – I really must remember the error of my ways!

The usual IT band flare ups have kept to a minimum thanks to some excellent physio exercises and the initial lower back pain has quit too. Occasionally I do get some funny pains in my sit bones but apparently this is due to sitting in one position for too long – I have now invested in a wobble cushion type thing to keep my muscles awake so this should hopefully be rectified.

In terms of what lies ahead childbirth wise it’s currently anyone’s guess!  I have been referred to and seen a consultant twice at the local hospital, and I’m sad to say both were pointless visits.  For the first appointment at around 12 weeks I went armed with a print out of my X-rays to explain my surgery and get a proper professional opinion. After explaining the finer detail of PAO; “they chiseled out a chunk of my pelvis, moved it to give me a socket, then screwed it in place ” the consultant said “so you have had your hip replaced then?”   errrrr no actually… anywho eventually he got the gist, then said he’d write to the Orthopedic consultant that initially referred me for surgery to get his opinion.

The second appointment was even more frustrating. At 28 weeks they assumed they’d have had the letter from Orthopedics but guess what? no letter.  So the consultant said I’d need to go back at 36 weeks to see if baby has enough room and is the right way round etc.. etc..  Next he measured my bump and whilst doing this looked at my PAO scar and said “Oh you’ve had your appendix out”   errr no actually, that’s the reason I’m  here – major hip surgery!!   AAARRRGGHHH.  So I am no nearer knowing what lies in store, which I realise is the way for most mothers to be, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just wish these medical bods would bloomin’ well listen or at least glance at a patients notes before entering into conversation!



4 Responses to Preggo post PAO!

  1. wibblywobbly says:

    Helen! That is such wonderful news – but I can understand your frustration with the consultants! Appendix!!! Hmm yeah right! Lol! Do you know what you are having yet? As the first person that I made contact with on the start of my PAO journey, I am absolutely delighted for both you and your hubby. I am sure everything will be just fine however you manage to give birth! Best wishes and let me know what you have! Much love, Annick xxx

  2. Alisha Gegory says:

    Hi there! I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. Came across your post when looking up pregnancy, post PAO. I JUST had my surgery last November… so I had less than 5 months of recovery prior to conceiving. You mentioned in your post some physio exercises, I would be very interested in learning more about these! I would also love to here how labor went and if you had any problems due to your surgery. Thank you, Alisha

  3. amyeo124 says:

    Came across your blog whilst recovering from my RPAO in Melbourne Australia. I’m 23 years old and seem to have the same mindset that you have, so it’s really nice to read that someone has been through it all (tears and profanities) and now gettin on with the joys of life. Thanks for keeping a blog of the PAO events 🙂 Amy

    • hobblinghelly says:

      Hi Amy, Firstly please accept my apologies for not having replied to your message, and secondly thank you for such a lovely comment. I know reading blogs was hugely helpful to me so if I can be even a teeny bit helpful to someone else then my ramblings have been worth it. I hope your recovery is going well and you’re hobble free. Best wishes Helen xx

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