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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Can Women with PKD Get Pregnant

2013-03-20 10:31

Can Women with PKD Get PregnantCan women with PKD get pregnant? Because Polycystic Kidney Disease is an inherited kidney disorder, female patients in child-bearing age must be quite concerned this question. Here, they can get the information what they wonder.

Can women with PKD get pregnant?

There are several types of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), but ADPKD also called PKD in adult is the most common type. In PKD, children of parents who have PKD have a 50% chance of getting this disease.

Fortunately, about 80% of women with PKD have successful and uneventful pregnancies. However, some women with PKD have a risk for serious complications for themselves and their babies. To make sure these patients have a healthy baby, the following methods are very necessary.

Consult a genetics counselor

Since PKD is an inherited kidney disease, a genetics counselor can help them make a good family planning and keep them from passing this disease to their children. Therefore, if these female patients want to have a baby, they had better first consult a genetic counselor.

Control high blood pressure

High blood pressure is a big risk for every patient with PKD. Women who have PKD with high blood pressure develop pre-eclampsia in 40% of pregnancies. We can say high blood pressure is a life-threatening disorder for both the mother and the baby. Therefore, keeping blood pressure in the normal level is essential for patients to get a safe pregnancy.

Improve kidney function

Decreased kidney function is another risk for dangerous pregnancy, because it can cause many other severe complications. High-toxin deposition, poor appetite, urinary tract infections, etc, all can increase this risk. To improve kidney function and avoid the side effects of western medicines, the patient can use some herbal medicines which nearly have no side effects.

If you are experiencing this disease and preparing to have a baby, any follow-up questions about “can women with PKD get pregnant” can be asked, through consulting the kidney experts online or leaving your message. Hopefully, we can help you have a healthy child.

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