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!