To Other Moms on Wheels, You Are Not Alone!

Shannon - posted on 12/21/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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After I found out I was expecting, I looked for information for mothers in chairs I knew that I was not the only mom in America in a wheelchair, yet there was no information to be found. Through this Circle of Moms site, we are given the opportunity to share information, tips and encouragement.

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Heather - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi, I'm a mom of two girls, 6 and 4. I had a spinal cord injury only a year before i was pleasantly surprised to discover i was pregnant. I have done it all by myself since the beginning and have never found anyone i could really relate to that understood the challenges of being a mom in chair. I really feel the need to connect to others in a similar situation. Thank you

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Darla - posted on 08/13/2011

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I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Muscular Dystrophy) and stoped walking at age 5 and stoped using a walker around age 10. Then age 10 I had scholiosis surgery and stoped crawling and sitting up without support. At age 19 I got pregnant and was told I needed C-section and that I would need breathing equipment I would have the baby around 37 weeks and I surprised the dr. and did not need any breathing suport. I did have a c-section and deliever a healthy baby around 37 weeks. Age 22 I had another baby. The doctors wanted me to have her at 36 b/c of the fear of my c-section scar tearing but I pleaded to wait till 37 weeeks and I did. It was god leading me. And because my 2nd baby wasn't fully ready at age 37 weeks and had to spend 10 days in NICU for breathing and low sugar level but then came home and now is healthy. If I had her any early I couldn't imagine b/c she probably would have more problems. Now my almost 2 year old and 4 year old daughters keep me busy. I'm not strong enough to pick them up after they got 15 lbs but once place in my arms I could hold them then when they could crawl they quickly learned how to get to mommy and on mommys lap. Now discipline is the hardest. It's challenging being a mother in wheels but its totally worth it.

Shannon - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi Christie,

You know, I don't think I added any extra exercises, but I did keep up with the same routine I was used to. I would just remind you to keep in mind that your center of gravity will be changing as you get further along, messing even more with your balance!

Keep in touch, I would love to h e ar how it's going for you=)

Shannon

Christie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Hi, I just found out that I am pregnant. I have Fredriech's Ataxia, and I am 33 years old. I use a wheelchair in public, and I use a walker and hoverround chair at home. My husband and I adopted his four half sisters seven years ago. So, I definitely have experience parenting, but no idea about being pregnant. Are there certain exercises that you did during pregnancy?

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hello Shasta, so glad to hear from you. You are the first member of this group, so that makes you vice-president, lol! Seriously though, thank you for sharing your story. If you have any hints that might be helpful to other moms in chairs, please feel free to share on my blog, momsonwheels.net

Shasta - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi, I'm a Mom who has been recently diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease.  Fortunately, only my legs are affected and I use a wheelchair part time.  My greatest challenge is taking care of my 6 year old son.  He has cerebral palsy and a severe developmental delay.  He can't stand, sit or communicate and must be tube fed.  Its like having a six month old baby that weighs 30lbs. and is 3+ feet tall!  Taking care of him is a challenge especially now that I have my own set of "challenges".  Thanks for starting this group.



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