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Long term effects of pregnancy on women with CF

Little is known about the long-term effects of pregnancy but early results from a study of 258 CF pregnancies in America was reassuring. This study compared pregnant women with CF with women with CF women of equal severity who had not been pregnant and followed both groups for 3 years.

Overall, they found pregnancy had no significant effect on weight, lung function or lifespan in the group of CF pregnant women compared with CF women who had not been pregnant. However, those with CF related diabetes (requiring insulin) had a greater loss of lung function two years after delivery than the non-pregnant group.

 

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