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bellarf0911 posted:
Hi I'm bellarf0911 and I'm 30 weeks along. I'm high risk cause I have severe chronic pancreatitis. I've had it since I was 16 yrs old. My husband and I originally wanted to wait a few years before we started having kids but last September my specialists that have been treating me for my chronic pancreatitis said that if my husband and I wanted to have children that now was the time to do it. He said since my pancreas is dying I'll need a transplant within a few years and after the transplant my body wont be able to handle pregnancy. At 19 weeks my OB told me he very strongly recommended I get my tubes tied after I hve my child because my body at current is struggling to function with my current pregnancy. I also just found out I have gestational diabetes so my dr is wanting to put me on bed rest until I have her. I'm lost and confused....I'm scared I'll lose my baby with all the stress going on and attacks I'm having I dont think my body can handle this much longer. I feel like such a pathetic woman not being able to handle this pregnancy and not being able to provide a good and healthy place for my baby to develop....Has anyone ever dealt with severe chronic pancreatitis and being pregnant?

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snh571 responded:
With your conditions I would recomend going on bed rest per your drs recomendations. I was told last september that I should not have anymore due to several pre existing conditions. Due to my GYN not wanting to put me at risk for complications from anistisia, she told me to wait till January to have my tubes tied. Well 3 weeks before my surgery was scheduled, I found out I was pregnant. I was placed on bed rest at 8 weeks. I'm scheduled for a c-section in 2 weeks. I have had to deal with alot of fear and anxity as to what would happen to my children if I don't survive the delivery. I would rather have one perfect child who has a mommy than 2 who don't.
phoenix31674 responded:
You should follow your doctor's recommendations. They are trying to do what they can to ensure that you do have a healthy baby, but you are also going to have to take care of yourself and relax. Hard I know, but you need to trust them to take care of the two of you.

You made it to 30 weeks and while the baby is highly likely to survive, every extra week improves the odds of your little bub coming home from the hospital with you rather than having to spend time in the NICU.

as for the tubes tied, you definitely need to talk to your doc and your DH and get a straight answer on the odds. Remember that you will also be a mom and have a child who needs you. You might also want to get the opinion of a transplant specialist on the risks you would face with a post transplant pregnancy. While you have the opinion of your doctor, major medical decisions like this it is always recommended to get a second opinion, preferably from a teaching hospital where they tend to be on the cutting edge.

Good luck with your pregnancy.

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