Disability and pregnancy are not necessarily incompatible. But between the lack of infrastructure and training of medical personnel and the lack of communication around this “taboo” subject, mothers-to-be suffering a disability may feel a bit lost. However, pregnancy is not contraindicated to them. Tackle all the real from the fake.
Whether you are paraplegic, quadriplegic, spinal cord injured… your disability must not be an obstacle to your care in pregnancy. We however have to arrange, because there is no specific support for your particular case. He’ll may be have to rely only on yourself, but don’t worry, we will explain everything.
As soon as your pregnancy, contact as soon as possible your personal doctor or your physiotherapist. He can recommend a few maternity hospitals able to accommodate mothers with disabilities. If not, it can serve as an interlocutor with the obstetric team who does not necessarily know the specifics of your case.
The best is that you have the opportunity to visit the future maternity to get used to the scene and to check if certain infrastructures are available and suitable for your particular case.
You should also know that of baby equipment is designed mainly for valid parents ; you’re going to have to you anticipate your purchases in order to adapt them to future baby room which should be functional for you.
Your main enemies are infections, of all types, including urinary infections, to which regular surveys exposed you. To combat them, drink the most, more than usual! And if the infection appears, don’t panic: many drugs can fight it and are safe for you and your baby.
During your pregnancy, you must also be careful to bedsores, which can be at the origin of various infections.
Your contractions will be just as efficient as those of women without disabilities: main concern is at the level of their perception. Your lesion and its location, you can more or less perceive your contractions. As a general rule, women with above D10 (dorsal vertebra 10) will not feel the contractions or movements of the baby, as are those for which the SCI is complete.
If your injury is not too high, the epidural will be your best friend! By reducing the reflex spasms, it prevents the appearance of a stand-alone Paralympic. Indeed, these brutal peaks ofhigh blood pressure, which are the response of your body to violent stimuli, can cause discomfort and convulsions.
Abdominal muscle strength absence and during vaginal, the medical team will use instrumental extraction of your baby (forceps, vacuum) and will all remain particularly vigilant to relieve your points of support during childbirth (sacrum, heels) in order to avoid pressure sores of effort.
And high injury and quadriplegia, doctors will practice a Cesarean.
Maternity staff will not necessarily be trained to receive a disabled MOM. The best is that you communicate in order to give them some guidelines. And to avoid creating misunderstanding or discomfort, ask a close or your companion to stay with you throughout the hospitalization.
To learn more
- The forum of the Association for the development of the accompaniment to Parenthood of persons with disabilities:ADAPPH
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