Osteoporosis in pregnancy: more than postural backache.

  title={Osteoporosis in pregnancy: more than postural backache.},
  author={Joanne Topping and Alison J. Black and Roy G. Farquharson and W. D. Fraser},
  journal={Professional care of mother and child},
  volume={8 6},
Though uncommon, osteoporosis can occur in pregnancy or shortly after delivery. The most common feature is back pain, often severely disabling. Suspect osteoporosis if pain of sudden onset in the upper lumbar or thoracic spine is not relieved by simple analgesia, or if there is a noticeable loss of height. X-rays reveal low bone density and fractures of the vertebrae. 70% of cases occur in first pregnancies. Recurrence is unusual. Most cases resolve spontaneously; a minority cause disability… CONTINUE READING