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Q&A: I'm in remission from cancer. What should I know before I get pregnant?

I'm in remission from cancer. Do I need to know anything special before I get pregnant?

Re: I'm in remission from cancer. Do I need to know anything special before I get pregnant?

The Bump Expert

While your situation depends on the type of cancer you had and the treatment you were given, most women who've beaten cancer can definitely go on to have healthy pregnancies, as well as perfectly healthy babies. Still, it's important to know that chemotherapy and radiation can reduce your egg count -- so you may need to consider fertility drugs or other lab methods to get pregnant. And although no studies have definitively proven it, some docs suggest waiting up to five years after you beat cancer to try to conceive again, since any fertility drugs you may need to take will bump up your hormone levels. (This is especially true for any cancers linked to hormones, like breast cancer.)

Bottom line: There's no concrete proof that pregnancy increases your risk of getting cancer again, and cancer affects only one in about 1,000 pregnancies. But as long as you check with your doc and get the go-ahead, you can get down to babymaking ASAP.

Colleen Canney

Q&A: I'm in remission from cancer. What should I know before I get pregnant?

I was in remission 18 months from Breast Cancer when I got pregnant, the doctors said that there was a pretty good chance wouldn't be able to have children because of the Chemo. I am currently 7 months, after finding out I did a lot of talking with my doctors and all they said that was that just monitor me. I have blood work done every couple of months along with appointments but they are not worried. But you should talk to your doctors before and after you get pregnant to make sure there is nothing you need to know. Being a survivor has made pregnancy a little harder than what some would call the norm...every ache or pain or anything has me freaked out. Congratulations on the remission and I wish you the best.

luckilyunique |

Q&A: I'm in remission from cancer. What should I know before I get pregnant?

I am also a cancer survivor. My type of breast cancer was not hormone receptive, so my doctors did not think that I needed to wait 5 years. I got the go ahead 2 years after being diagnosed. After chemo and radiation, we did not having any trouble getting pregnant. We are expecting our first child any day now and can't wait. I beat cancer in order to live life to the fullest, so having a family was a top priority for me. But I agree with the previous answer, I worry that ever ache and pain might be more. So far my pregnancy has gone completely smoothly. Good luck to you.

Jodie,e,Wilson |

Q&A: I'm in remission from cancer. What should I know before I get pregnant?

I'm also a cancer survivor (sarcoma). It will be 5 years in December. I would recommend speaking with all of your doctors before and during your pregnancy in case they need to coordinate care/monitoring. Also, I had a 9 cm tumor and 70% of my left rear thigh muscle removed so I spoke with my OBGYN about how that might affect my ability to bear down during the delivery process. It ended up not being an issue because I had a C-section, but it is good to address physical issues that resulted from your cancer and subsequent treatment. I now have a beautiful 16 month old little boy and am expecting a baby girl in 8 weeks. Good luck and know that life after cancer is different, but wonderful!

jdklein |