Other Conditions & Exposures

Expert reports about Other Conditions & Exposures


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is lumbar spinal stenosis during pregnancy?

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a narrowing of what’s called the spinal canal (the tunnel surrounded by the bones of the spine, through which the spinal cord passes) in the lumbar spine, the spinal region that arches forward in the lower back. Stenosis can occur because of the growth of bone or other connective tissue within the canal. Because there is less space than normal, there is pressure on the spinal cord, but especially on the spinal nerves that branch off the spinal cord. Pregnancy can exacerbate this situation because the growth of the womb and stretching of the anterior abdominal muscles increase stress throughout the lumbar spine. As a result, you may experience weakness, anesthesia (numbness), paresthesia (tingling, “pins and needles”) or pain in certain areas supplied by lumbar spinal nerves, such as the buttocks, thighs, legs, and feet.


TO READ THE FULL REPORT

Join Pregistry to access the information you need at no cost to you

Join Pregistry