My husband and I are about to start adding to our family. We have been married for over two years now and are going to start trying next year. I have already met with my doctor who said I would be a “high risk pregnancy” but he doesn’t foresee any issues, however I am still nervous. I have been paralyzed from the chest down for 9 years now and I can only imagine how things are going to be throughout a pregnancy in my situation. Does anyone have any experience or advise for what to expect during those 9 months? Same thing for after the baby comes?
The doctor also said that I could give birth without a c-section. He said that my body would naturally push the baby out and they could use their tools to pull the baby out. He also mentioned that I could chose to schedule a c-section at 39 weeks. The tools and the amount of time I could be in labor worries me and how much stress that could put on the baby. But I have also noticed that my body below my level of injury heals slower than normal, so would the c-section be the better option?
I am already expecting to be out of work for longer than an able body person through the whole experience. Does it happen where your belly gets so big that it prevents you from cathing, getting into the car, and pretty much taking care of yourself? Therefore going on bed rest sooner than later?
I’ve talked with my doctor about all of my concerns, but would love to get some feedback from people who have actually experienced it from a chair or knows someone who has!
Hello kel2009, in general, most of the literature that I have read indicates that most women with paraplegia have managed to go full term and low percentage rates of C Section. However, It does seem to be the case that there are usually more 'issues' to deal with but with careful planning, you should be able to organise the support and guidance that you will need.
Catheterizing should still be manageable but maybe more so using a hospital type bed that you can adjust to tilt back a little if need be or find a suitable position. I am not sure why you would need to go on bed rest because that may cause more issues unless of course there are other associating factors that you have to consider.
That said, I don't truly know what it is like to be paraplegic and pregnant but the lady who wrote this wonderful blog of her experience is and its actually a great and interesting read!
Post by tetradownunder on Nov 18, 2018 22:24:09 GMT -8
Hi Kel2009..I'm C4/5 & had my baby 32yrs ago, naturally. I don't know why you were told it would be a high risk pregnancy.. I'm not saying it's a breeze, but don't be scared it's natural & with a good doctor, you'll be fine.
Hi. I am C5/6 injured in 1964. We were told that I could not have children, so when I went to the Dr. for a case of the "flu" it was a shock to find out that I was pregnant. I was so fortunate. The doctor was an extremely upbeat, optimistic person. This is a quote: "I have never had a quadriplegic have a baby! This is so exciting!" He told me he didn't know what to expect, but that he would have a C-Section kit handy, "just in case." I had no problems, in fact my health seemed to improve during the pregnancy. I went full term and never got a big belly. I just seemed to get "love handles." The night our daughter (now 52 years old) was born, I felt small quivers, timed them and went to the hospital. The delivery room nurse examined me and told the Dr. it was safe to go eat dinner. She checked me again, said, "Oh my lord" and ran after the Dr. The Dr. came in and delivered my little girl. The only explanation I ever got was that my body couldn't fight against the pain, so everything happened quickly. Two years later I had a little boy, then seven years later another boy. The Dr. didn't arrive in time for the last one, so my husband and a nurse delivered him.
I see you are complete. In 1964 there were no labels, so I don't know what I am classified or what difference if any that makes. Also, I have never had AD that I know. One thing that happened was that my center of balance changed and twice (in my first and third pregnancies) I leaned over and took a tumble out of the wheelchair! I experienced little contractions the second time, but they passed quickly and no harm was done.
I hope your experience is as wonderful as mine were.