Labour, baby wearing and hips

July 24, 2013

It’s been a while…..

Since I last posted things have been busier, more sleep deprived and a lot of fun. Over 16 months ago now (and yes time flies at a rate of knots you never thought possible) our beautiful little girl arrived in the world.

Now I could bang on about the experience of babies; the good, the bad and the smelly but this is a hip dysplasia blog so I will resist.

After worrying my wotsits off about giving birth (as I’m sure any expectant mother does) it all went much better than I could have hoped. Little E arrived naturally, albeit nearly 2 weeks over her due date and sadly not in a pool as hoped – there wasn’t enough time to fill the pool by the time I got to hospital. There were no complications, no hip related issues and she was a healthy well baked weight of 9lb 9oz!

Throughout my pregnancy I was still having physio for my hip related muscle weaknesses and tendon issues many of these exercises were about strengthening my core so that my hips have the support they needed as baby grew and increased in weight. I believe these exercises helped me no end during my pregnancy and during labour. The most simple was pulling in my bump and holding it for an increasing amount of time, then repeating. So whether post PAO or not I would recommend this, oh and the obvious pelvic floor pull ups!

Since having little E life has changed in many ways, and my hips, well they seem to be holding up. I ‘wear’ or carry E most of the time when we’re out and about; I love having her close. More importantly she is happy to be close (she is also happy in a buggy). She was born a good weight and now is over a stone and a half, but I can still carry her; on my front for short periods of time and on my back for a couple of hours and without major hip issues. I do have a left hip twinge every now and again, but that’s my own fault for not doing enough exercises to keep my butt muscles up to strength.

So how about little E? First born girls are allegedly more likely to have hip dysplasia, but E has escaped. When she was born she had the clicky hip test where they wiggle the hip in the joint and feel for clicks and any unnatural movement and was given the all clear, after 6 weeks she then had an ultrasound for a more detailed analysis and again she was given the all clear, so it would seem that her hips are happy and healthy – HOORAY!

Incidentally according to some research baby wearing can help happy hips  see the link for more information and make your own judgement, one thing I will say is that I couldn’t carry E in a dangly leg carrier past around 5 months – she was just too heavy and the weight distribution is no where near as comfortable for me as when she’s in a wrap.

http://hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/prevention/baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment/

So there you have it, a year and bit after E arrived in the world I’ve managed to update my blog, if you have any comments or questions they will be gratefully received.

xx

I almost forgot, a few years on from right PAO and I’m now back to kick boxing a couple of times a week – it all feels fine apart from my hip flexors (both sides) which tighten up a fair bit, I figure they’re picking up the slack from my lazy ass butt muscles so I need to work on those some more. It’s blooming good fun though :0)

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Preggo post PAO!

June 17, 2012

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!