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Is Osteoporosis Pregnancy Safe?

April 26, 2018
Katie Visco

 

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For those of you who don't know, osteoporosis is a bone disease that can affect bone density and cause fractures. It isn't a disease that is commonly tested in young women, but you are at a higher risk if you have experienced eating disorders, arthritis or excessive steroid use.

So what are the risks?

Osteoporosis puts women at risk for fractures, back pain and loss of height. When trying to get pregnant, all of those symptoms can be amplified. However, the main concern with osteoporosis during pregnancy is the delivery. Your OBGYN may recommend a cesarean section because of the risk of fracturing your pelvis and spine with a natural birth. Be aware of even post delivery risks and monitor your symptoms because the possibility of bone fracture is still high 8 to 12 weeks post-delivery. It is important to work closely with your OBGYN so that they could properly address your specific needs.

Is it safe?

Like we mentioned earlier, every case is different. However, communicating with your doctor, and taking calcium and vitamin D supplements can help guarantee a safer pregnancy. 

What if you experience fractures?

Fracturing can cause a lot of inconveniences and limit your mobility. If you experience fractures at any point during this pregnancy, utilize your support system. Physical and occupational therapy can also be helpful in regaining strength and improving posture. 

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