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04/25/2012 06:38 AM

Transplant patients having children.

MissDiva81
 
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Hi everyone.Smile

I'm 30 years old and I have had my kidney for 24 wonderful years and things are still going great. I truely am very blessed.

I have also been lucky enough to find a wonderful man to share my life with and we want to start a family. I have spoken to my renal specialist briefly and she has said that carrying a child can be very risky not only to me, but also my kidney. There is a chance I would end up on dialysis while pregnant and there would be a chance that after baby was born, I would have to stay on dialysis because the pregnancy would have put too much strain on my kidney. I could also be at risk of a small baby or even premature labour.

There is not a lot of information available on a kidney transplant patient having children and I am desperately trying to find anyone who has gone through this and how their kidney and body coped or reacted. My partner and I so desperately want to have a family, but we just aren't sure what to do.

Please, any information would be greatly appreciated.Sideways

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05/11/2012 05:13 PM
Kendassa
 
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You want honest opinions.. so here goes.

Once I had my daughter, which triggered my kidney disese we didn't know I had to hit me full force.. I had a cyst that burst. They were going in laproscopically to drain the blood, and recommending that I have my tubes tied since they were going in anyway, if I wanted a transplant in the future, and even on dialysis because it is such a strain on your body.

Although I really wanted two children, I simply could not risk it. I almost died carrying Jess to term. Then you also have to consider what caused your kidneys to fail? Is it hereditary and can you pass it to a child? I was literally hospitalized 4 times, and over 30 pounds of fluid weight taken off each time I was in the hospital, just so I could carry her until my kidneys started shutting down. Thankfully her lungs were developed and there were not too many problems other than an infection and jaundice, and just small at 4 1/2 pounds.

It really is a struggle, there are many risks. However I do know quite a few women who have opted to have a child or multiple children after their transplants. You cannot breastfeed at all.. it isn't an option with the medication. They are doing well, it really is a personal choice. There are plenty of patients who have children safely after their transplants.

Post edited by: Kendassa, at: 05/11/2012 05:14 PM


06/17/2012 03:40 AM
MissDiva81
 
Posts: 3
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Thank u so much for u information. My kidney disease was something I was born with a and thankfully it isn't hereditary.

I have an appointment with my renal specialist later this month and she will then send me to another specialist who will then be able to give me more info as to whether my body can handle being pregnant. There will b medications I will have to b taken off, mainly the immunosuppressant which is a risk, and the fact I have had my kidney for 24 years also comes into play. So for now, all I can do is wait and see what the doctors say and hope for the best.

Thank you again for your honest answer. I appreciate it very much and I'm glad that your baby was born with no severe complications.

Smile


12/09/2013 01:09 PM
stassy
Posts: 1
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I had a beautiful daughter thirteen years ago, five years after my transplant. It was a high risk pregnancy and I was closely watched, but my daughter is very healthy and my kidney was not impacted by pregnancy.

Stacey

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