Does kidney transplant affect the pregnancy

Does kidney transplant affect the pregnancy?

Does kidney transplant affect the pregnancy?

During life, kidney functions may be impaired for any reason, and a person may struggle with kidney failure for several years. In these cases, one solution is to have a kidney transplant. Although this procedure will have numerous benefits for the recipient, like any other organ transplant operation, it would also have complications that should be considered.

One of the most critical considerations is for the women of childbearing age, who are likely to become pregnant or are prone to it, and yet are forced to have a kidney transplant or renal transplantation. As you may guess, this operation can have effects on pregnancy.

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Do you have a history of kidney transplantation, or are you about to have it, and on the other hand, planning to have a baby in the future? Are you worried that your pregnancy will cause unforeseeable problems due to the kidney transplant and taken medications, or that you may endanger the health of your unborn baby? Or are you even worried that you will never get a chance to be pregnant, again or ever?! Although your concerns are expected, they are not necessarily insurmountable!

Medical findings prove that although pregnancy should be prevented in the early stages of post-transplant surgery, after passing the required time and monitoring of medications -which we will discuss later, pregnancy can become a safe and standard routine; and bring you a healthy baby.

Join us in this article to take a look at some of the points and issues to be considered before taking any action to get pregnant. In some cases, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. Do not forget that TebMedTourism Co. consultant medical doctors are ready to answer your questions with open arms.

Does kidney transplant affect the pregnancy

How long should be waited between a kidney transplant and becoming pregnant?

Typically, 4 weeks after renal transplantation, ovulation cycles begin, and women who have not undergone menopause are likely to have their regular menstrual periods at 6 to 9 weeks apart.

Although the optimal interval between kidney transplantation and pregnancy remains a topic of debate, in the United States, an interval of about a year is recommended. Whereas, in Europe, it is recommended to wait for nearly 2 years. Adherence to this pause is essential.

The reason is that during this time, the medication regimen of the recipient person should have become stabilized, it would not be harmful to the fetus, and on the other hand, the new organ has achieved its optimal function.

Therefore, during this time, it is better to use contraception to prevent pregnancy. However, since one of the side effects of renal transplantation is high blood pressure, birth control pills or oral contraceptives (which could also cause high blood pressure) should not be used. During this period, it is recommended to apply other contraceptive alternatives.

During pregnancy and planning for that, what adjustments should the renal transplantation-related medications have?

One of the main questions for women who have recently had a kidney transplant is whether the pills they take can have negative effects on the fetus and their pregnancy.

Although common medications taken after a kidney transplant will not generally be harmful to both the mother and the baby, one of the most notable post-kidney drug regimens is the use of immunosuppressive drugs. These drugs can be transmitted and cause changes in the immunological profile of the infants born to kidney transplant recipients, and, therefore, should be carefully monitored before any attempting. Several drugs can be used for this purpose, and therefore, it is important to consult with a doctor to find the optimal medicine with the least side effects for the fetus. Also, the dose of medications taken during pregnancy should be monitored regularly by a doctor.

For example, it is recommended that you avoid taking medications such as CellCept, Myfortic, and other generic forms of them such as Mycophenolic Acid for the remaining 6 weeks before attempting to become pregnant. On the other hand, the likelihood of rejection of a new organ increases during pregnancy, and, therefore, the importance of monitoring the medication regimen will be doubled. In this regard, it is necessary to consult with your doctor.

Does kidney transplant affect the pregnancy

It should be noted that if the mother’s medication regimen is under the supervision of a doctor, even the mother herself may be able to breastfeed her baby. According to medical findings, very few drugs related to organ transplantation can be transmitted to the baby through breast milk, and it could remain an option for the mother.

Would the babies who have born to mothers with a history of kidney transplantation experience any problems in the future?

Compared to the statistics related to normal mothers, mothers who have had a kidney transplant are three times more likely to give birth to premature or low birth weight babies. The risk of miscarriage is not much different unless the mother is taking certain immunosuppressive drugs such as CellCept or Myfortic. In this case, it may not even be an abortion, but the baby happens to born with congenital infections and birth defects. Therefore, in these cases, the necessary information and knowledge should be given to the mother by the medical team.

But in general, according to the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (NTPR), babies born to mothers with a history of kidney transplantation will sustain normal growth and development in the future and will not experience any particular problems.

Which medical consequences of pregnancy can jeopardize the success rate of kidney transplantation?

Although it is critical to examine the effect of kidney transplantation on pregnancy, the opposite is also the case: Can pregnancy make it difficult for the mother’s body to accept the new organ? There are some medical consequences of pregnancy that need to be re-examined if a kidney transplant has been performed on the mother, because these changes may lead to the rejection of the new organ: for example, high blood pressure or preeclampsia. Although it could have also experienced by pregnant women without a history of transplantation, it is nearly three times more likely to happen in kidney recipient mothers. Other examples would be proteinuria in the urine and other complications that should be monitored by the medical team. Besides, these mothers are more likely to get infections during pregnancy.

Does kidney transplantation affect males’ fertility?

Much has been said about mothers and the effect of kidney transplantation on fertility and pregnancy, but what about men? It should be noted that according to medical findings, men rarely experience any particular problem after organ transplantation, even if they are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

Therefore, if you are a man and have experienced problems with fertility after a kidney transplant, you need to consult your doctor to get a regular fertility test. There is a chance that a specific medication in your treatment has caused this problem.

Does kidney transplant affect the pregnancy

Reviewing the above issues, it seems that in the case of kidney transplantation, although it is necessary to increase the level of monitoring and care concerning the normal condition, it is still possible to have an ordinary period of pregnancy in perfect health, both for the mother and baby. So, if you are interested in having a kidney transplantation and you have doubts about the afterwards pregnancy situation, put aside your worries and consult with us today.

TebMedTourism medical consultants are ready to answer your questions.

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