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Labour with broken rib
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BaffledMummy · 24/05/2017 19:50

Has anyone given birth with a cracked rib? Am 30 weeks and thanks to a horrible chest infection coughed so much I've a suspected cracked rib. I can hardly breathe, cough, laugh or sit, bend or lie down without feeling like my insides are ripping apart Sad. I'm only comfortable standing and leaning awkwardly! I can't imagine giving birth with pain like this? Is it even possible? Anyone had similar? How was the birth? Am expecting to be induced due to OC around 37 weeks. Help!

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DancingLedge · 24/05/2017 20:03

Ooh, that sounds bad enough now, without contemplating labour. But, from experience with cracked rib and sternum, seven weeks should see it sorted, or at the worst, hardly a problem. Do take care of yourself now, the fewer things you do that make it hurt, the quicker it will heal.
cause you hadn't thought of that and yes life hurts at the mo

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ImperialBlether · 24/05/2017 20:06

I think you need medical advice, OP.

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BaffledMummy · 24/05/2017 20:28

Yes I did go to the doctor who told me to take paracetamol and cocodamol if paracetamol weren't strong enough. He thinks it should be ok for Labour but am not convinced given how much pain I'm in now!

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RedBugMug · 24/05/2017 20:32

hopefully you have another 10 weeks to heal!
I guess a midwife or gynecological consultant are better at giving you options.

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GiraffeWithAShortNeck · 24/05/2017 20:37

Ouch ouch. Are you still coughing? If you are - try gaviscon which, oddly, really helped me with my bad cough in late pregnancy.

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ButTheBearSnoredOn · 24/05/2017 20:41

Ouch!! I'm sure it will have healed much more by the time you have to labour though and the regular pain relief will help

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annlee3817 · 29/05/2017 23:17

I had something similar, two weeks of coughing and I felt something in my ribs crack. The pain was horrible, it was three weeks max before the pain started to ease off and now, just six weeks later I just get a niggle every now and then. I don't know if mine was actually cracked as didn't have an x-ray, but no position was comfortable initially. I used a heat pad, but not sure that's advisable when pregnant. Hope the pain eases soon!

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BaffledMummy · 30/05/2017 16:16

Thanks all! A week on and it is much better ...more of a constant dull ache than stabbing pain, except when I sneeze or cough then it still hurts like crazy and quite tricky to find a comfortable sleeping position. Can just about bare the thought of Labour now...last week it was a terrifying prospect!

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CaptainWarbeck · 04/06/2017 09:23

Glad to hear it is improving for you, I've done the same thing at 37 weeks although I think mine is a torn intercostal muscle from coughing rather than a cracked rib.

Got paracetamol and codeine and told to rest, it is bloody painful!! And really inconvenient with toddler DS running around and wanting to be picked up all the time.

I am dreading the thought of labour with this... fingers crossed yours and mine keep improving.

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BaffledMummy · 04/06/2017 12:21

Captain I feel your pain! Hoping it settles down for you in plenty time too. I've just got twinges now and again when I lift something heavy (toddler DD!) And sneezing is still terrifying but definitely getting better each day and I've a few weeks left to go so feeling a lot better about it now. Fingers crossed for you!

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Ritafahed · 10/02/2020 05:58

Can you please share with us how did it go and if u went for natural birth or c section? I had 2 fractions at 29weeks and now another one at 35 weeks so i dont know if it will heal before i give birth

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Epich · 18/05/2022 09:17

Can anyone tell me how their delivery turned out with the fractures? Was it painful? Did it get worse after labor? Did you have to do c section? I'm at 35 weeks with rib fractures from chronic cough. I'm afraid of starting labor with this horrible pain. Or even worse risking a bigger fracture when pushing.

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baffledmummy · 18/05/2022 09:37

Hi @Epich you poor thing…that sounds painful. I was the OP and I was indeed induced at 37 weeks…by that time ribs had healed and I was totally fine giving birth…no after effects either and pain wise was not worse than giving birth to my first. I don’t recall exactly how long it took to heal but I was surprised at how quickly It did…maybe 3-4 weeks later I didn’t have any pain from it at all. I do hope you have time to recover. Take care and rest up plenty if you can

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baffledmummy · 18/05/2022 09:38

@Ritafahed im so sorry I missed your message…here’s hoping it went smoothly for you

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Epich · 18/05/2022 15:40

How did you do at labor after having a fracture at 35 weeks? Thats exactly my situation now... when did you ended having your baby? Week 40? Earlier or later? Was it vaginal birth? How was the pain? I need as much information possible since im planning home birthing.

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Epich · 18/05/2022 15:40

Thanks for answering. Praying to God everything goes well

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Johnnysgirl · 18/05/2022 15:43

I've had cracked ribs several times and I couldn't even contemplate going through labour at the same time 😬😬😬
But seven weeks is ample time to heal, thankfully. You'll be fine.

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baffledmummy · 18/05/2022 16:16

Epich

How did you do at labor after having a fracture at 35 weeks? Thats exactly my situation now... when did you ended having your baby? Week 40? Earlier or later? Was it vaginal birth? How was the pain? I need as much information possible since im planning home birthing.

I was only 30 weeks when I first posted so it was well healed by 37 weeks…from memory it took about 3-4 weeks to heal (although at 30 weeks I thought I was going to crack in half it was so painful!) hopefully you will go full term and I would have thought you will be healed by then. Good luck!

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