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"How serious are pelvic hairline fractures?"


After I gave birth to my last child, a technician who examined my pelvis said it looked like I had a hairline fracture. If that's true, how serious a medical situation is it? Does it make further childbearing a dangerous prospect for me, or am I in the clear?


Anytime we fracture a bone, it can be a cause for concern about what this means for our future. Since no two pelvic fractures are the same, I would suggest you pose this question to your OBGYN. After reviewing the imaging, he or she will likely be able to give you more accurate information.

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A pelvic hairline fracture is a stress fracture that usually occurs in females that actively exercise regularly. They usually take between 4 and 8 weeks to heal completely. During pregnancy, a lot of stress is placed on your pelvis during vaginal delivery of a child. A history of a pelvic stress fracture should not cause you to have any issue during delivery. Your pelvis will be well healed by then. If for some reason you sustain a more serious injury to your pelvis, there are always other options for infant deliver (i.e. C-section). I would suggest you schedule an appointment soon with your OBGYN. Make sure to get a copy of your records including the imaging (x-ray) that showed the hairline fracture. If you switch OBGYNs, make sure that he or she knows about his part of your past medical history. Good luck with your new munchkin.

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