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Thread: Quadriplegic pregnancy and birth

  1. #11
    I was injured (C5/6) in 1973 and had a son (vag) in 1986. Very few problems except for a uti in 7th month which led to early labor (I didn't feel the labor so it was good that I was in the hospital for the uti) They stopped the labor and I insisted they keep me in the hospital (which they did). Aaron came 1 month early, healthy and beautiful! Yes, I stopped my meds during the pregnancy and was unbelievably spastic, but it was worth the suffering in the end.

  2. #12
    Is breast feeding possible for a quad mom?

  3. #13
    Yes, at least initially, but there can be a problem with continued milk production as the suck reflex may not work (this signals the pituitary gland to continue milk production based on nipple stimulation) if you do not have good T4 (nipple) skin sensation. This can be managed with hormone injections instead, so should be something you talk with your OB/Gyn about prior to delivery for your post-partum care. You should also discuss medications you take and whether they will be passed onto the baby through breast milk, and if so, how to get off some of those medications if possible.

    Breast feeding is better for your baby, and actually easier for you, than formulas and bottles.

    (KLD)

  4. #14
    Hi,
    C5-6 quad mom, breastfed for 2-1/2 years. I was very anxious before birth that it might not happen. It took 2 weeks to get it right, but after that, no problem. Pumping did not work for me. It was very difficult in the beginning & being so overwhelmed & exhausted in general as a new mom, it's easy to freak out and give up. Keep trying, eat tons of oatmeal, a bit of beer helps production every now and again. Also, fenugreek as a supplement helped, too. Just be aware of the teeth when they start to grow in. Baby drilled a hole in my nipple a few times before I discovered it. Breastfeeding is so much better for baby & much easier for mom - no bottles, food source always available & fun to squirt partner in the face! Good luck!
    "We must become the change we want to see in the world." Gandhi

  5. #15
    Do you suggest meeting with lacation consultant now or wait until baby is born?

  6. #16
    thank you for sharing your experience I'm SO nervous

  7. #17
    Talk about the issue of milk production with your OB now. Are you attending child birth education classes? This should include a group session with a lactation specialist, and you can ask then if you need to meet with them before delivery, or if doing it after delivery is sufficient in your case.

    (KLD)

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    Hello All, I will share my quad pregnancy and birth experience. First a little about how I came to enter quadville. I was 22 in 1975 out on a date, we crashed the car and presto new quad: me. Eight years later at age 30 I became pregnant by the typical manner. Doctor Murphy said "You should be ok...we will just keep a good watch on things". This is then 1983. At my appointments Doc would pick me up out of my chair and we got on the scales together. Sweet huh? He was a very sweet and kind man. No morning sickness or any complications I just developed a pot belly. When I was full term Doc said meet me at the hospital friday and we will induce labor. He broke my water started meds to bring labor. I dialated the needed (10?)cms and my body and I pushed out a 6lb 7 1/2oz baby boy (William Thomas) healthy and he took to the breast right away. Three days later we were home and I began caring for an infant. 32 years later he's a healthy young man and now I not only a mother but grandmother as well. If you did not notice above, I stated that "I" began caring for an infant and not "we". That's another story. If anyone has any questions as to how I was able to do this like any "How did you bath him" questions, I will try to help.

  9. #19
    I agree with SCINurse. Talk to a lacation consultant as soon as possible, just to prepare you for what you will need to do. I was very naive in the sense that I thought all babies just breastfed easily and naturally. I never imagined how much WORK went into it, and how hard it would be for me to produce milk. I eventually had to stop at 3 months because it just wasn't working at ALL for me or for my baby.

    Personally, the frustration and stress that came from not knowing what I was doing when it came to breastfeeding outweighed the newborn exhaustion times ten. Educate yourself and prepare. It's hard but worth it.
    If there is light
    it will find
    you

    --Charles Bukowski

  10. #20
    I went to a few la Leche meetings during pregnancy but didn't find them helpful. Just remember that at least 25% of women have difficulty breastfeeding for one reason or another. It is not as easy as we are led to believe for many people. If you really want it, give it a little more time than you think you can bare. Also know that all babies lose a little weight after birth.
    "We must become the change we want to see in the world." Gandhi

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