Cerebral palsy (CP) impacts each person in unique ways. Girls and women, for instance, have certain needs, symptoms, and special challenges that they may be faced with. While this doesn’t necessarily mean they are more unhealthy than boys and men with CP, it’s important to recognize that their lives may be different due to a variety of factors.
People with CP tend to age sooner and in more pronounced ways compared to those without the condition. For instance, they may exhibit signs of fatigue, low energy, increased pain, muscle stiffness, sore joints, dental problems, and increased risks of falls.
For women with cerebral palsy, in particular, premature aging can negatively affect their self-esteem. This can lead to secondary mental health conditions, such as social isolation, anxiety, and depression.
There is no evidence that CP affects fertility or increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or other pregnancy-related complications. Additionally, the disorder is not inherited, so it won’t be genetically passed down to the baby.
With said, physical impairments or disabilities can make it more difficult for pregnant women with cerebral palsy to get the physical exercise they need to stay healthy and keep their unborn baby healthy, too. Additionally, some women can experience more intense muscle spasms or spasticity during birth or throughout pregnancy.
A recent study published by BMC Neurology investigated the prevalence of chronic pain in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. The results of the study indicated that anywhere between 30% and 70% of people with CP experience pain regularly. The most common areas of pain were legs, joints, muscles, and heads.
One interesting finding of the report was that girls reported pain up to 1.28 times more frequently than boys, with the pain getting more frequent and intense as they got older. Chronic pain can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life.
We Are Here for Your Family
At Angel Law, P.C., our Portland birth injury attorneys purposefully only take a handful of clients each year so we can focus on providing them with the best possible care, information, and legal services. If your child developed cerebral palsy due to a negligent doctor or medical provider, learn more about your legal options by contacting us at