Antirejection drugs have been associated with reduced fertility in women. If they do get pregnant, they have more complications of pregnancy than women who don't take these drugs. They may have more infections, high blood pressure, swelling, and even loss of the transplanted organ. For these reasons, it's suggested that women who want to become pregnant after transplantation of the kidney and/or pancreas wait at least one year until their condition stabilizes. There aren't sufficient studies of pregnancy in women who have undergone islet transplantation, but common sense suggests that waiting a year for stabilization of the transplant is a good idea.
As far as breastfeeding is concerned, the effect of the drugs on the infant has not been clarified. The drugs do enter the breast milk, so monitoring the levels of antirejection drugs in the baby is recommended.
Flip to Chapter 16 for general information on handling pregnancy smoothly when you're a T1DM patient.
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