A woman with a disability can become pregnant and have a healthy
baby. Here are some things to consider, especially if you cannot move your body
very much, or if you use a walking aid:
· As your belly gets
larger, your balance changes. Some women can use a stick or crutch to prevent
falls. Some women may want to use a wheelchair while pregnant.
· Since many pregnant women have
trouble with hard stools (constipation), you may need to do your bowel
program to remove the stool more often.
· During labor, you may not be
able to feel the birth pains (contractions). Instead, watch for the shape
of your belly to change, and use this to count the time between
· To prevent stiff
joints (contractures) and to keep your muscles strong, exercise as much as you
· For more general
information on pregnancy and birth, see Pregnancy and Childbirth.