How common is kidney disease in pregnancy?
Chronic kidney disease is seen in 1% of pregnant women. In most cases, women are known to have kidney disease before they become pregnant. There are many causes of chronic kidney disease including diabetes, lupus and high blood pressure. Increasingly, women who have undergone a successful kidney transplant are becoming pregnant.
What effect will my kidney disease have on my pregnancy?
Women with kidney disease or who have had a kidney transplant should be cared for by a maternal-fetal medicine specialist or an obstetrician experienced in high-risk pregnancy. In general, the rate of complications is related to how good or bad the kidney function is at the time of conception. The risks of pre-eclampsia, premature delivery and fetal growth restriction are increased and regular assessments of fetal growth and kidney function are important. For women with kidney transplants, it is important that their anti-rejection medications are those which can be used safely in pregnancy.
Have you treated cases like mine before?
Yes, we are very experienced treating women with kidney disease during pregnancy. We have care for many women with kidney transplants and are familiar with the risks of all the commonly used immunosuppressive (“anti-rejection”) medications.