Finding out you’re pregnant is an exhilarating experience. Everything can become a bit of a blur. The excitement can come with a variety of concerns, particularly when it comes to your health and the health of your baby.
These concerns can be even greater if you have a pre-existing disability.
What’s important to know is that you aren’t the first and won’t be the last with these worries. This is a list of tips you can use to put yourself a bit more at ease.
Extra Risks In Pregnancy
Unfortunately, there are likely to be extra risks in a pregnancy if you are disabled, but the types of risks will depend on your personal circumstances.
For some women, there’s an increased risk of things like UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections). For others, there may be a greater likelihood of injury from a fall, if you already have some issues with your mobility.
Whatever your concern, it’s best to check with your doctor and midwife. They can answer your questions and help you have a safe, healthy pregnancy.
Ensure Any Medications Are Up To Date Later On
Once you are nearing the end of your pregnancy make sure you have more than enough of your medications and prescriptions, and always keep your maternity notes with you.
You’ll want to be ready in case of a last minute trip to the maternity unit, be it for the arrival or anything else.
If for some reason this isn’t possible, it’s good to have a flexible medical team who are able to deliver these to you if needed. Making sure you have the medication you need will be one less thing to worry about.
Get Specialist Help During Pregnancy & Birth
If you’re an expectant mother with disabilities, it’s a good idea to seek out specialist help.
Try to find an expert midwife if possible or let your local midwifery unit know about your needs. There might be a more experienced midwife available who has seen pregnancies like yours and will be able to provide the support you need.
Have A Detailed Birth Plan
For any soon-to-be mother, having a birth plan is a great way to deal with the uncertainty of childbirth – you have a better idea of what to expect.
If you have a disability, a birth plan will be vitally important. Having a detailed birth plan will help with addressing any possible complications that might arise, as well making you feel more confident in yourself.
There are tools available online to help you create your own birth plan, so give it a go. Discuss the plan with your medical team.
Postpartum plans is just as important as your birth plans. You’re likely to be exhausted, so any help you can give yourself ahead of time is well worth it.
Try to find out what type of rooms are available in the maternity unit, to make sure they cater to any mobility issues you might have. Thinking about being able to pick up and feed your baby is important when thinking about what you need.
You’ll also want to ensure your home is set up for your new arrival and the lifestyle changes that come with them. Although it can be difficult to find the time, try to have everything you need set up and ready to go for when you come home. Things like an accessible bathroom are important here, so consider your needs and what will make life easier.
Even though it will be harder, it’s not impossible and you will still be the best parent for your child no matter what.