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Re: Risks of pregnancy with CF

Re: Risks of pregnancy with CF

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Posted by Penny on February 05, 2000 at 20:03:51:

In Reply to: Risks of pregnancy with CF posted by Carry on November 05, 1999 at 14:47:26:

: MY FRIEND HAS CYSTIC FIBROSIS AND SHE IS STARTING TO THINK ABOUT HAVING A BABY. SHE IS 20. SHE ASKED ME IF I WOULD FIND HER INFORMATION ABOUT THE RISKS ABOUT BEING PREGNANT AND HAVING THIS DISEASE. I AM HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING THIS FOR HER. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS THAT YOU COULD PASS ALONG FOR ME IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRICIATED.

: THANK YOU.

: CARRY

I am a 35 year old mother of two. I was diagnosed with CF at age eleven. There unfortunately is not alot of reliable information concerning CF and pregnancy. Some doctors say it can worsten your condition, but we all know that age also is a factor. Every case of CF is different. Your friend may have a mild case of CF or one more severe. I can only speak from my own experience with childbirth. I had been extremely lucky with my health. I was not hospitalized for thirteen years after my diagnosis at age eleven. At age 23 I started going in once a year for my clean out. At age 27 I became pregnant with my son. Personally, I felt that the pregnancy did not effect my health. I carried him low so there was not pressure on the lungs. With my second pregnancy at age 35 it was totally different. I carried my daughter high and had difficulty throughout the entire pregnancy. My daughter is now 10 months old and I am still extremely underweight. If your friend wants a child, the ultimate decision is hers. She should speak with her specialist, who will surely voice an opinion if asked. With my first pregnancy, my doctor was extremely supportive, but after giving birth he advised no more. Eight years later, I went against his wishes and gave birth again. Recovery has not been so swift. My lung function is not what it was, but I am 35 and age has to be considered. Your friend is 20, if she is going to do it waiting is not a good idea. The older we get the more difficult this condition can become. I have to repeat myself and say definitely have her talk to her specialist, if she has any doubts she should not attempt it. I hope this helps.


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