Is becoming pregnant dangerous? Will my HIV disease get worse?
There is no evidence that being pregnant makes a woman’s HIV disease worse. However, because certain medicines (e. g. Sustiva) have been connected to birth defects in children, a woman may have to stop some of her medications, which may allow her disease to progress.
A mother must take care of herself and her baby. Women, by instinct, most often will do whatever it takes to care for their unborn child, including taking HIV regimens without missing a dose. But some women will stop their meds after the baby is born. Like anyone living with HIV, adhering to HIV therapies is an extremely important part of staying healthy. Even after delivery, moms who need HIV medicines should continue to take them. If a mother is not taking care of herself and is not staying healthy, she will be unable to care for her new baby.
It all comes down to this. The risk of passing HIV to your baby can be decreased to as little as 2% if a woman takes HIV meds at appropriate times in her pregnancy, pregnancy, delivers her baby by C-section, and does not breast feed. HIV no longer prevents a couple from starting a family. HIV no longer means a woman can’t become a mother. Again, with the proper medical care and by taking care of yourself, you can take control of your life and your future.