There have been few studies about the outcomes of pregnancy in women with cerebral palsy, but a new one has been published in Sweden. The study shows that women with CP are more likely to experience premature birth and the need for a C-section. Cerebral Palsy News Today reports.
The study looked at 770 births in Sweden where the mother had CP. It is estimated that one out of every nine women with CP will have children. Using statistical models, researchers compared pregnancy outcomes between this group and women without CP while controlling for other factors.
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It was shown that CP pregnancies are nearly three times at risk of premature birth, before 37 weeks. Extreme premature birth, before 28 weeks, increased by 4.65 times. These numbers include spontaneous and medically indicated premature births. There was also a 2.45-fold increased chance for a C-section.
Children born from women with CP have a higher chance of low Apgar scores after five minutes outside the womb, which is a risk factor for neurological problems. Low birth weight was also observed.
In short, the researchers state that children born of mothers with CP deserve extra care after birth, preferably by a doctor who knows about CP and related conditions along with a neurologist.