I'm writing a character in a lotr-type fantasy world, who is a very active warrior and has had a few injuries related to her pelvis. What are the chances of her being capable of carrying a child to term without a miscarriage? Do you have any suggestions on how to be respectful with that subject in general?
Well, when you say “a few injuries related to her pelvis,” what I’m picturing is the actual pelvic bones, the girdle that holds our legs together and basically keeps us all alive.
Injuries to the pelvic bone itself likely won’t prevent pregnancy, because the actual reproductive systems are intact.
I wish I knew exactly what kind of trauma we were talking about because I suspect we have different definitions of “injuries related to her pelvis”.
If you’re talking direct trauma to the uterus, such as a stabbing, it’s hard to say for sure what the outcome is. It will depend on the wound – and what you want as a writer. Those with uterine wall ruptures tend to get scar tissue over that area, which prevents embryo implantation – it makes it harder to have kids.
Also, it’s extremely vascular, and bleeding to death pretty much prevents kids 100% of the time.
But you do have some leeway here. She could become unable to bear children. She could be told she’s unable to bear children due to the scarring but have a fetus implant itself on the uterus anyway. And she could have issues that don’t affect her uterus at all and have normal pregnancies.
As for “be[ing] respectful with that subject in general”… Understand the psychology of pregnancy. Does your character want kids? Or was she dreading them, or did she have a distant wistful someday… in her mind?
In most cases, women tend to feel a sense of loss when it comes to this aspect of their bodies. First of all, she’s had a capability taken away against her will, and if a family was something she wanted, she may see that dream as ruined. (Note that even though adoption is a Thing™, she may still feel this way and not be consoled by that fact. Or she may be 100% okay (after some processing) with adoption.)
The loss of children, even in potential, is more than enough to send someone through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief: Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression, and Acceptance. @scriptshrink is the one you want for psychology!
The bottom line is that if you want her to suffer significant injury to her uterus, you can do that, just realize it will bleed a lot and need good care for her to recover. Also, consider reading some infertility stories online (from people who have gone or are going through infertility) to get an accurate idea of how people feel.
Best of luck!!