The Adaptation to Pregnancy of Spinal Cord Injured Women


Assistant Professor of Nursing, Point Loma Nazarene College, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106


This study explored the experiences encountered by spinal cord injured women during pregnancy. The spinal cord injured women experienced complications associated with pregnancy: recurring urinary tract infections, an increase in incontinence, and autonomic dysreflexia. (The first two of these are not unique to spinal cord injury, but are common in all pregnancies.) They neither developed pressure areas nor experienced premature deliveries, major complications predicted by the literature. All felt they were victims of inadequate environmental design that hindered their mobility and inhibited their independence. Many of the psychosocial aspects studied proved to be common to pregnant women in general and not specific to the spinal cord injured population.