Cystic fibrosis and pregnancy
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2011
2009 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 19–24, January 2009
How to Cite
Goddard, J. and Bourke, S. J. (2009), Cystic fibrosis and pregnancy. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 11: 19–24. doi: 10.1576/toag.18.104.22.168464
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2011
- life expectancy;
- lung function
- • Cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited life-threatening disease.
- • Advances in treatment have led to increased life expectancy.
- • 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.
- • Pregnancy outcomes are generally good but 20% of women do not live to see their child's tenth birthday.
- • To be aware of the effects of cystic fibrosis on pregnancy.
- • To understand the importance of preconceptual counselling.
- • To appreciate that pregnancy management requires a multidisciplinary approach.
- • Should doctors advise women with cystic fibrosis and poor lung function against undertaking pregnancy?
- • 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.