Paralysis & Pregnancy: 10-13 Weeks

I’m really excited to be sharing the next update on my growing ‘bump’! Our little baby is has grown tremendously in the past ten weeks. We are all getting more and more excited as each day goes by! Y especially can’t wait to see the baby and play with her. Y still says it’s definitely a girl, but I’m still convinced it’s a boy. We’ll find out for sure at our 20 week anatomy scan, but for now, here’s the update on weeks 10-13! 

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How are you feeling? Symptoms? 

I’m finally feeling back to ‘normal’. Or relatively normal for being pregnant. The all day sickness has subsided to largely morning sickness which is a huge improvement over the past few months. I usually still feel pretty lousy first thing in the morning, but that is much better than feeling sick the entire day! 

Still watermelon! Even though the nausea has started to subside, figuring out what to eat has remained quite a challenge. Only crispy or crunchy foods appeal to and I find myself completely avoiding meat. 

Maternity clothes? 

Yes, please! Maternity leggings already! My belly definitely has started coming in and I really dislike feeling anything too tight around it.

What do you miss? 

Having much of an appetite and sleeping well. I’m still getting up to go to the bathroom during the night, which I’m not expecting to go away anytime soon.

What are you looking forward to? 

I’m getting so anxious to find out the sex of the baby! I can’t wait to start decorating the nursery and getting everything set up! I already ordered a few small items, but we’re really waiting to get any of the big stuff until we know the sex. 

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a onsie, hat, and booties that say ‘Born in 2016’ and a shirt that says ‘50% Mama, 50% Papa’. Y’s first outfit was a blue shirt that said ‘50% Mama, 50% Papa, 100% me’ and we wanted to get the same thing for this kiddo. I couldn’t wait to find out the sex, so I got it in white. 

How my paralysis is impacting the pregnancy? 

So far, there’s nothing really different or special about this pregnancy. However, my doctor most definitely scared me and said that there is a possibility that I would need to have an epidural during the delivery because of my spinal cord injury (I mentioned this in the previous pregnancy update). 

The reason for this is (if I translated correctly) Autonomic Dysreflexia. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but it is related to what is considered a ‘high’ spinal cord injury, at T6 or higher. It has to do high blood pressure and inability to feel when your bowls or bladder need to be emptied from what I understand. 

My confusion about this is because I don’t have it. My injury is at T10 and well, I don’t have either of those problems. None of my therapists or doctors previously had even mentioned it so I’m not sure why it would suddenly develop during delivery (it wouldn’t). 

My gynecologist definitely didn’t say that this has to happen, but that it’s a possibility. She will be contacting the ‘specialists’ in spinal cord injuries from the rehabilitation centre where I was initially as well as the gynecologist who works at that hospital. 

It’s all a bit complicated, but basically I’m seeing a doctor near our home at a large hospital. However, this hospital is not specialised in spinal cord injuries. Because of that, there is contact between my doctor and the specialists at the hospital where I was airlifted after being injured because they are the best in the country for spinal cord injuries. 

It was a very difficult decision for us to decide between the two hospitals, but after careful consideration with input from my rehabilitation centre doctor (so doctor number one million, right?), we decided to go with the one close to home, which is exactly 11 minutes away. 

We wanted to be able to get to the hospital quickly in case I go into labour suddenly, rather than risk delivering in the car (driving over an hour to the other one). In our case, delivering in the car or en route would be very dangerous. If there is something really serious, the hospital will always make arrangements for a transfer. If it’s life threatening, there are helicopters, but I seriously hope I never have to go into a medical helicopter again in my life. 

Either way, both have a NICU and are excellent hospitals. We know we’ll receive the best care possible no matter where we go, but the distance is a huge factor.  

Oh and back to the whole epidural discussion. I’m still thinking this isn’t going to happen. I need to visit the rehabilitation centre soon anyway for a discussion of all things pregnancy, and will ask my doctor there. 

I can really be insanely stubborn about things sometimes and this is just not something that I’m accepting. Before my spinal cord injury, when the hubby and I had discussed more children, we had wanted a home birth. My injury took that away, but I refuse to not get my natural birth. 

Okay, maybe it’s not completely in my control and we will always do what’s best for the babe, but we are definitely aware enough to know to ask questions and truly understand why and what is happening. This is just not something that makes sense and when it comes to my body, I have learned that it is absolutely imperative to be ask questions and understand why procedures are happening. It’s easier to accept, but also generally important. 


We’re getting frequent ultrasounds, or at least more frequent than with Y. We had our 12 week appointment with the hospital midwife instead of the gynocologist. The little babe was a bit ‘naughty’ however and didn’t want to stay in one place so that our midwife could find the heart beat with a doppler. So after a few agonizing minutes of searching, I think he could see the panic on my face and simply did an ultrasound. 

The little baby was swimming around happily, kicking, it’s heart beating strongly! The little one almost looked like it was sucking it’s thumb! It was such a relief to see the little babe and the pregnancy felt so much more real now that it’s so active!

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