Thinking of having a baby?

If you are thinking of having a baby your HIV status doesn’t need to stand in your way.
With effective HIV treatment and risk reduction measures taken during pregnancy, the risk of transmitting HIV to your baby is less than 1%.

Preconception and Pregnancy

This is a copy of the presentation from the meeting given by

Sarah Dermont
Specialist Midwife
Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
Angelina Namibia
Positively UK

Sarah Dermont - Specialist Midwife<br />Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust<br /><strong>Angelina Namibia</strong><br />Positively UK

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Things to plan before trying for a baby…

It is important to discuss your plans for a baby. We recommend a Preconception Clinic appointment with our specialist midwife. This is so that you can receive important advice to help you prepare for pregnancy.

Antiretroviral treatment plays a vital role in reducing the risk of transmission to your baby. If you are not already on treatment, then depending on your viral load you may need to start.

If your partner is HIV negative it is important to protect them from infection while trying for a baby. You and your partner may decide to try self-insemination to become pregnant. This method has been used successfully by many couples with success rates similar to those having unprotected sex. Self-insemination costs nothing and carries no risk of transmission to your partner.
You may have read about couples choosing timed unprotected sex to conceive when one partner is HIV negative. This method is only suitable for those on antiretroviral treatment with an undetectable viral load and is not advised without consultation with your HIV doctor.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is important part of preparing for pregnancy. Information about advice will be offered by your doctor and specialist midwife as part of our preconception service.

If you’ve been trying for a while with no success…

For some women falling pregnant happens very quickly, but for others it can take longer, in some cases a year or more. This may be normal but can also be stressful.

Fertility levels decrease with age which can make it harder to fall pregnant, there can also be medical causes and these kinds of problems are a little more common in people with HIV.

There are fertility treatments available to help couples achieve a pregnancy and a referral can be made to the assisted fertility team should you require it. It is important to note that funding for treatment is dependent on your age, and that neither you nor your partner has a child already. It is not affected by your HIV status.

We advise you seek advice from our preconception service if you are under 35 and have been trying for over a year or if you are over 35 and find that you are not pregnant after six months.

Preconception Clinic

To book: Request appointment at the Kobler clinic reception or call our
Appointments line on 020 3315 6699

Also see
Thinking of having a baby
New Pregnancy
Sexual Health
The Menopause