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autonomic dysreflexia, pregnancy, spinal cord injury



  1. Hollenbach, Pamela Marie
  2. Ruth-Sahd, Lisa A.
  3. Hole, James


ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and pregnancy can present a challenging scenario for healthcare professionals. Information regarding the management of patients who become pregnant and have SCIs is limited in the nursing literature, and therefore, more case studies must be presented and research must be conducted to build evidence-based care. Physiologic changes in pregnancy can increase a patient's risk for serious complications during pregnancy and, consequently, may put the fetus at a greater risk. Neuroscience healthcare providers must take into consideration the level of the SCI and how this may impact a pregnancy. CASE STUDY: This article highlights an interdisciplinary approach by presenting a case study and provides neuroscience nurses with a foundation on which to base their practice when managing a pregnant woman with an SCI through the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum phases of pregnancy. CONCLUSION: By understanding the physiologic changes after an SCI, patients and their healthcare teams can work together to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.