Saturday, August 18, 2012

10 weeks pregnant with cerebral palsy

One of the most common questions I get is about being pregnant and having cerebral palsy. It's amazing how many people don't even believe its possible to get pregnant and have cerebral palsy. CP mainly only affects the body's fine and gross motor control. All other systems are intact and normally work fine.

I feel so blessed to not only have one child but two. When I was pregnant with Laura, I could hardly eat and keep anything down. It was pretty rough. This time around I'm 5 years older so I expected a more difficult time. Honestly, it hasn't been that bad.

The first week I knew I was pregnant, my lower back hurt and I had trouble sleeping at night. That passed and right around 6 weeks, morning sickness hit. On average, I throw up about once or twice a day. Some days not at all. Poor Jeff helped me with it in the car a few times. That wasn't fun. He didn't show any annoyance at all though even though I know the clean up wasn't pleasant.

I'm learning how to curb it. I need to keep pretty full at all times. I have a supply of twizzlers with me day and night. I'm hoping in a few weeks it'll be behind me. I also remember to eat a meal every 3 hours or I'm in trouble. It's annoying when things taste differently and smells are so powerful it can knock you out.

Yesterday marked ten weeks. Other than sickness, my energy has depleted significantly. I try to push through but it's hard. I also have laryngitis because I have acid reflux disease and whenever I get sick, the acid burns my vocal cords. I'm on medication but it's having a hard time keeping up.

A lack of voice can be depressing, frustrating and annoying. My speech isn't that well to begin with then add lack of sound. Thank goodness for my iPhone. I can write down what I need to say. But I need my voice back because I go back to teaching in a few weeks! I also miss singing and talking on the phone.

With all this said, yes I'm still happy to have another baby. Nine months really isn't that long to put up with some things compared to a child! It's well worth it.


  1. Enjoyed reading your update. I hope you start to feel better in the second trimester.

  2. Oh, and yes, it is well worth it. :)

    I'm proud of my pregnant belly, to be able to show people that yes, women with cp can have children too.

  3. You go girl! Hats off to you! :) Indeed, having cerebral palsy should not hinder anyone to enter an important phase like motherhood! Good luck and keep inspiring people!

  4. Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be over the hump soon and you'll be a mother of two! I'm excited for you and I'm glad it's easier this time. I know I couldn't have done it again. I'm glad I got the two for one deal hang in there! Katie

  5. Hey there,
    My name is Kelly , I'm 31, I have CP, and got Married a little over a year ago. My husband and I would like to start trying to get pregnant. I was wondering/hoping that you might be open to chat via e-mail. I just need someone to talk to. I've had many people tell me that I'm being "selfish" for wanting a child, even family members. And I'm beginning to Second guess myself but I've ALWAYS wanted to be a mom.

    Kelly Beauchamp

  6. hey my names Brittany and I have to be married soon an have kidsand would love to talk to y'all gitls,maybe have a group chat on facebook lol

  7. I'm sorry about selling auto correct on my phone lol and meant to sayI have CP to

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  9. Hello. Jessica, I just wanted to congratulate you and your husband on your pregnancies! You're truly an inspiration to everyone who have read or will read your story. I am a 32 year old woman who has CP. I pray often that one day I'll become a mother!! ��

  10. nice post. Thank you

  11. Hello Jessica,
    This is very nice and good post. Yes, before I read your post I am also believe that. But now I think its possible. Thank you for your nice sharing.