Mobility disabilities can add to pregnancy complications

19 December 2014

Women who suffer mobility disabilities are at risk of experiencing problems when they become pregnant, as a result of their condition, a new study has found.

The research, which included eight women with spinal cord injuries, four with cerebral palsy, and ten with other conditions, found that they were likely to experience complications related to their impairments. These were things such as suffering a fall during pregnancy, having urinary tract and bladder problems, significant shortness of breath but also having problems with wheelchair fit and stability problems and increased spasticity.

"Relatively little information is available about the pregnancy experiences of women with physical disabilities, which hampers preconception planning and helping women know what to expect as their pregnancies progress," said Dr Lisa Iezzoni, lead author of the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica article. 

She said the research of 22 interviewees with physical disabilities gives preliminary insights about the complications that some women may experience, which can help support them in pregnancy as well as obstetrical practitioners who care for them.

Posted by ​Jeanette Royston​

 

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