Tailbone Injury During Childbirth

During the delivery pressure of a baby passing through the birth canal can bruise, dislocate, or even fracture your tailbone. Fractures aren't common, but some women actually hear a crack or pop when their tailbone breaks.
Tailbone Injury During Childbirth
Tailbone Injury During Childbirth
The tailbone is made up of the last 3-5 vertebrae of the spinal column — for most people, it's four. The topmost vertebra of the coccyx may or may not be fused with the one below it, but the lower three vertebrae are usually fused together. Some pelvic muscles and ligaments attach to the coccyx.
The five fused vertebrae above the coccyx are called the sacrum. There's a joint between the coccyx and the sacrum that usually allows for limited movement.

Coccyx is a small triangular bone at the base of the spinal column in humans and some apes, formed of fused vestigial vertebrae.


You're more likely to injure your tailbone during delivery if your baby is very large or in an odd position, or if your pelvis is very narrow or oddly shaped. The shape and mobility of the coccyx may play a role, too. Women who have previously injured their tailbone have a greater risk of injuring again during a vaginal delivery.

How long does it take to heal a bruised tailbone?


Tailbone injury can be very painful for you and also slow to heal. Healing time of an injured tailbone depends on the severity of the injury. If you have a fracture, healing can take between 8 to 12 weeks. If your tailbone injury is a bruise, healing takes about 4 weeks.
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