Pregnancy can be a difficult time for women who are healthy, and it can be even more difficult for a woman with a dangerous health condition. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lung and digestive system. However with the right care and management, pregnancy with cystic fibrosis can be easy. Follow these tips during your journey to motherhood so you can experience an uncomplicated pregnancy.
1) Plan Your Pregnancy: Women who have CF are much better off when their pregnancy is planned. You need to be at your best status nutritionally and have a lung function of at least 40% at the time.
2) Have your partner get tested: While planning your pregnancy, your partner needs to get tested to see if they are a cystic fibrosis carrier. This will consist of a sweat test to see if they carry one of the cystic fibrosis gene mutations. This will help show the likeliness of your child having CF.
3) Continue Chest Physiotherapy and medications: This daily treatment is incredibly important for your health and does not harm your baby, so make sure you keep the routine. Most of your prescribed oral and inhaled medications are safe for the baby. However make sure to review your list of medications with your OBGYN in your first visit.
4) Decide if you want to breastfeed: If you decide you want to breastfeed your baby, you will need to meet with a nutritionist and create a plan that will provide enough calories so you and your baby will receive the correct amount. Since nutrition demands increase while pregnant and also for people with cystic fibrosis, you might need to take supplements to maintain the correct amount of calories.
While cystic fibrosis is a very serious disease that needs to be watched, by following these tips you’ll be sure to experience a simpler pregnancy. Talk to Dr. Strebel or Dr. Grolle if you have any questions about managing your disease during pregnancy.