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Thread: 1st Pregnancy! T12 SCI! I need information Please!

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    Smile 1st Pregnancy! T12 SCI! I need information Please!

    My husband and I just found out that we are expecting! We are very excited but It's kinda scary with all the unknown. I am a T12, four and a half years post injury. I am an incomplete and very independent so I know I can figure out how to be a mom from my chair but I could use all the advice I can get. From what to expect during pregnancy to how to adapt to being an SCI mom. I am a bit concerned about my meds...I talked to a perinatal specialist and we decided that Nuerontin is the only medicine that I absolutely need and he says that he is comfortable with me staying on it. Even so, I am still worried about the baby's health. If anyone has any experience with this let me know. Please just fill me in on anything that would be helpful to know. Thanks!!

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    Congratulations. I have 3 children, 26, 23 and 12 so it is a long time since I was pregnant. And I live in Norway so the health care is different. But I did not have any problems under my pregnancies except I was gaining too much weight in the last one and I would not exactly recommend that

    I stopped all my medications when I was pregnant and nobody was treating my any different from the ABs. I did have c-sections, but that was because my pelvis was too narrow, not because of SCI. But it is other women here who have been pregnant and I am sure they can give you better advice than me Good luck
    TH 12, 43 years post

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    WTG!

    My daughter will be three soon and we made it through everything fine. As she gained weight I ended up getting some back pain from placing her for a nap in her crib. I didn't need to be lifting as much as I was though! She could climb in once I stopped lifting so much. I can't remember anything being super challenging. I used the changing station on the pack n play for diaper duty, it's height was just perfect chair level for me.
    Andrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulScream View Post
    WTG!

    My daughter will be three soon and we made it through everything fine. As she gained weight I ended up getting some back pain from placing her for a nap in her crib. I didn't need to be lifting as much as I was though! She could climb in once I stopped lifting so much. I can't remember anything being super challenging. I used the changing station on the pack n play for diaper duty, it's height was just perfect chair level for me.
    What kind of crib did you have so that you could get her in and out??

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    From a granpa's perspective, congratulations, big time!!!

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    Here are a couple of websites to check out for parenting resources and tips:

    http://www.disabledparents.net/

    http://lookingglass.org/index.php

    http://www.dppi.org.uk/

    http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm...ectionid=19326

    This is a popular crib for people who use wheelchairs:

    http://www.babeetenda.com/crib.htm

    Co-sleeping beds are also fairly possible, like this one (for small infants):

    http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/...tegoryId=85210

    or this one:

    http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/...tegoryId=86196

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindsayc View Post
    What kind of crib did you have so that you could get her in and out??
    We had just a normal old crib with the sides that slide down. They only go half way down so I had to lift her about a foot. I just kept doing it to long as she got older and weighted more.
    Andrew

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    I'm a quad who has had two daughters postSCI. My oldest is five and my youngest just turned one. I am lucky not to be on any meds but did have to take a lot of antibiotics for UTI's, particularly during my first pregnancy.
    We mounted a crib on the wall and rigged the door side to swing so I could pull underneath and get the baby in and out. Though being a low para I am thinking you have enough trunk strength to lift a baby in and out as long as you can get the side down.
    Any questions feel free to ask.
    Good luck with everything, when are you due?
    Oh and congrats, being a parent is the most rewarding and challenging thing I have done, pre or post SCI.
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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    I have a T12 friend that has a baby and she has done very well. She use to use a sling or what ever you call it to carry the baby around with her because she was in a wc. She went everywhere. I'd see her a WalMarts with a stroller pushing the baby in a wc. She was awesome. She could do it all. She had lots of help with her family. Congrats.
    Mary
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    congrats! i am a T-12 father of twin girls that are 14 months old. I can't help with the pregnancy part but i take care of our girls full time (my wife works nights). i used a regular fold down crib because i didn't think i could hold on to a baby (or two) and use the slide down model. i went to baby's r us and test drove everything before we bought or registered for it. congratulations and good luck!

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