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Keywords:

  • breastfeeding;
  • contraception;
  • diabetes;
  • life expectancy;
  • lung function
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    Cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited life-threatening disease.
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    Advances in treatment have led to increased life expectancy.
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    Increasing numbers of women with cystic fibrosis are choosing to embark on pregnancy; for most, it does not appear to have a detrimental effect on long-term health.
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    Pregnancy outcomes are generally good but 20% of women do not live to see their child's tenth birthday.

Learning objectives:

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    To be aware of the effects of cystic fibrosis on pregnancy.
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    To understand the importance of preconceptual counselling.
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    To appreciate that pregnancy management requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Ethical issues:

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    Should doctors advise women with cystic fibrosis and poor lung function against undertaking pregnancy?
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    Should assisted reproductive technology be available for women with life-limiting diseases?

Please cite this article as: Goddard J, Bourke SJ. Cystic fibrosis and pregnancy. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2009;11:19–24.