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Pregnancy in women with spinal cord injuries

Limited available evidence suggests that most gravidas with spinal cord injury (SCI) have few serious complications and deliver healthy infants. Antenatal care should be provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes the obstetrician and/or maternal-fetal medicine specialist as appropriate.

Complications include: 

  • Urinary tract infection and dysfunction
  • Decubitus ulceration
  • Impaired respiration
  • Unperceived labor and risk of preterm birth
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Anemia
  • Autonomic dysreflexia

Last Reaffirmed: Aug 1, 2014