Having a spinal cord injury (SCI) does not affect your ability to naturally become pregnant, carry, and deliver a baby, so your decision to have children is made in much the same way as anyone else. This infocomic includes information on pregnancy with SCI to answer the common questions women with SCI that are interested in becoming pregnant have.
There are many things to do if you are or want to get pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy with SCI. This infocomic explains some of the doctors’ appointments to have and tasks to complete, some of which include:
- Getting a complete GYN exam
- Getting your medicines checked
- Talking to a SCI clinician such as a physiatrist (also known as a rehab doctor)
- Getting your bladder checked
This infocomic also explains the many changes with your body that may occur during the first, second, and third trimester, as well as some of the ways to improve symptoms. Some of these changes include:
- Autonomic dysreflexia (AD)
- Bowel problems
- Bladder problems
- Skin care
- Blood flow
Information Source of Pregnancy and Women with SCI
The Pregnancy and Women with SCI infocomic is based on the factsheet Pregnancy and Women with SCI. This factsheet was developed by Amie B. McLain, M.D., Taylor Massengill, B.A., and Phil Klebine, M.A., in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.
Related Resourced for Pregnancy & SCI
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