Pregnancy and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
One of the most concerned individuals that has to cope with all of the implications of this disease and its possible affects to her life is a woman wanting to have her own child. Pregnancy creates many normal anxieties for any lady who desires to bring a child into this world. Life is full of unpredictable occurrences and incidences that can't be anticipated or foreseen when it comes to having a baby. Nevertheless, when the trepidation of having this disease enters the process of pregnancy, it creates an even more uncertain and perplexing set of circumstances. If the mother is already conscious of having this viral infection in her body, then she is forced into making a choice based on what her intuition tells her to do and also what her medical practitioner recommends. Since there isn't much documentation on this syndrome that is directly associated with pregnant mothers and their babies-to-be, most physicians rely on the overall data that has been collected to date about CFS. They also speculate and conclude their own appraisements about various infectious diseases and what has occurred with women giving birth while tolerating these diseases.
There are very little specific facts or definite documentation that warrants any extraordinary fear or excessive caution about getting pregnant if you have this sickness and are afraid of passing this viral infection on to your child. Since there is minuscule documentation on the contagion issue of the mother passing the viruses to the child while it is inside of her, it would make sense to use complete discretion when dealing with the issue of pregnancy. Deciding to be a mother means that you could pass this illness to your child from your body because there is a possibility that the entire contagion process could begin within the commencement and initial development of your fetus. You can make another potential assumption that, as with any infectious disease, the viruses would have access to your baby through the transfer of nutrients and blood through the umbilical cord or may have even entered the baby's cellular composition at the time of conception. There is nothing that you can do to filter out or block the specific chronic fatigue syndrome viruses from entering your child's body in either circumstance. Your child has an equal chance that he or she may not contract the viruses at all. Your body may be able to contain the sickness within itself so that your child is not infected. There is no guarantee one way or the other until more specific research, experimentation, and documentation has been done on this issue.
As you have guessed, the decision to get pregnant while suffering with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction is a personal choice. You will have to weigh out all of the possibilities and ponder the inner truth that you feel. A woman's intuition is her greatest asset. If you don't decide to pursue pregnancy as a viable option for you right now, that is all right. You do have a right to be a little reluctant to bring a child into the world that could have an intense susceptibility to an infectious disease from the onset of his or her life. Over time, you may reevaluate your stance and decide at a future date that you feel differently and are prepared for having a child within your set of circumstances. If you do want to go ahead with getting pregnant, please keep in mind that you aren't at fault if your child is born with this disease. You cannot control if he or she has the viruses enter his or her body. The odds of a baby exhibiting symptoms of this disease from birth into being a toddler are minimal. Most children who contract the viruses don't show any specific manifestations of the disease until they are at least five years old. At that point in time will be when you can actually observe a change in behavior and physical symptoms commence in your child.
Another issue connected to deciding about getting pregnant is if you should or shouldn't breast feed your child. Breast feeding a baby has been proven to have tremendous benefits for the infant's overall health. However, since you are aware you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you may be hesitant about breast feeding your child. You may have given birth to a child since you have contracted this syndrome and now you have to make a choice of either breast feeding or not. You want to believe that if you do, you are passing some necessary nutrients to your child that could build up the baby's immune system to ward off getting this kind of infection. Yet, if you do choose to breast feed, you are also taking a chance that you could pass the dreaded viruses themselves through your breast milk. The other option is to forego breast feeding all together. This choice has its good points but doesn't totally eliminate all of the odds that you could still possibly pass the viruses to your baby. There is no direct conclusive evidence that this disease is contracted through direct bodily fluid contacts. Other types of contacts could be alternative ways to get CFS. When you elect not to breast feed with your health condition, you are excluding one of the potential possibilities that your infant could get this disease. Again, the option is up to you and how you feel about your own health, the personal importance of breast feeding to you and your baby, and how you perceive the role of this ailment in you and your child's life.