Getting a positive result on a pregnancy test can be one of the most exciting times in the life of a young woman. After going to the doctor for confirmation, many women change their lives drastically, they eat better, they avoid alcohol and caffeine, and increase their activity to prevent problems not only with their own bodies, but for the life of their future child as well. The first son showing the baby's heartbeat, then finding his little toes and fingers on the pictures. Feeling him move and kick inside can be a magical experience shared by all mothers. But, what happens when your child is not born as perfect as he was when you were pregnant?
Many mothers have the heartbreaking experience of dealing with a child that received brain damage during birth, resulting in a child with Cerebral Palsy for the rest of his life. Cerebral Palsy is still a bit of an umbrella term encompassing non-progressive disorders involving the lack of movement or speech because of injury to the brain. While Cerebral Palsy is not restrictive to developing at birth, it is common for mothers of children with Cerebral Palsy to recall their perfectly normal pregnancies.
Depending on the area of the brain that is affected, children with Cerebral Palsy can be challenged with walking with a cane, and otherwise leading a normal life, or can be wheelchair bound and not speak their own lives. For children with the most severe Cerebral Palsy, there will never be a first word, or first step. They are not developmentally challenged, they will have full comprehension of the language of their families and most children develop their own forms of communication with those they interact with.
There are three types of Cerebral Palsy, spastic, which is the most common kind, the child can not relax his or her muscle, athetoid, where the child will be unable to control his or her muscles, and ataxic where the child will primarily struggle with balance and coordination. No matter the type of Cerebral Palsy, the condition will not worsen as the child ages.
Parent s of children with Cerebral Palsy will need to seek therapy for their child from very early infancy in order to prevent any physical complication in growth of bones. While the care is emotionally and financially taxing, a child with Cerebral Palsy can provide a fulfilling experience as a parent.