"I'm 29 yrs old. I was diagnosed with FSGS in 2006 and may renal function right now is 23 percent. I have been married for almost a year, and we starting to think about children. I was wondering can I get pregnant with the disease. I'm in need of some advice on whether or not I should give birth to a child."
For a person with FSGS kidney disease, questions about sexuality are often
intertwined with questions about pregnancy. Can a woman with the disease have a
People with FSGS can expect to give birth to a healthy baby if the disease
has been clinically cured and the condition remains stable for 2 years. However,
if the illness is not controlled well, pregnancy may exacerbate FSGS.
Kidney problems and renal disease can result in the following risk factors in
▪ Hypertension or high blood pressure;
▪ Higher rate and risk of urinary tract infections;
▪ Pre-eclampsia (fluid retention, high blood pressure and Urine Protein);
▪ Premature labor, or miscarriage;
▪ Decreased kidney function, or even acute renal failure.
Besides, FSGS may cause some pathological changes on the fetus in gestation
period. The pregnant woman has great risk to have a macrosomia. The baby may
develop serious problems include low blood sugar, hypocalcemia, difficulty
breath, congenital abnormal nervous system, and cardiovascular system, etc. Childbirth can also be especially risky and challenging for women with FSGS.
The added strain of pregnancy can be challenging for a person with FSGS. The
heart and body have to work harder to function and provide for both the mother
and the infant. It is recommended to discuss the risks and health issues prior
to becoming pregnant with a doctor or nephrologist. Or, you can consult our
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