“Twin pregnancy is considered high risk. Add to that the expecting mother’s medically complicated disability— quadriplegia in my case—and you have a cocktail of risky business ripe for a Lifetime movie,” says Dani Izzie. However, Dani states that her pregnancy thus far has been ‘uneventfully normal.’
Read below, as Dani dispels three myths about pregnancy and disability.
“But it’s important to know that disabled women can also have fairly—or very—normal pregnancies.”
Disabled people don’t have sex.
“Wrong. Disabled people have sex. You probably are not astonished, but I was recently amused to discover that some non-disabled people are unaware that we have it in us!,” writes Dani. She continues by saying the assumption that people with disabilities don’t have sex comes from society’s tendency to infantilize disabled people or view them as asexual.
Disabled women have problems with infertility.
Many people are surprised to hear that Dani’s pregnancy with twins is not the result of invitro-fertilization. Dani states, “In fact, I was quite fertile: 2 in 1 on the first try. What’s more, my OB said that I have a 94% chance of having multiples again in any subsequent pregnancy.”
Pregnancy is dangerous for disabled women.
Dani says this myth is not necessarily true. There might be some added risks because of a woman’s disability, but any woman can have health risks while pregnant depending on a multitude of factors. But as Dani writes, “it’s important to know that disabled women can also have fairly—or very—normal pregnancies.”
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