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Shelley on pregnancy and CF

What is it like to be pregnant when you have CF? What are the kinds of things you need to think about and prepare for? How does pregnancy and parenthood impact your treatment? For CFStrong, Shelley shares her experience of pregnancy and parenthood.

It’s just you have CF and you’re a mum and that’s your baby and you’re going about life. So I would just say, do your research, do as much as you can, you know within yourself what you’re capable of. You’re your best advocate. And if you think you can do it, go for it because it’s the best thing in the world, best thing ever.


The experiences and views shared in this video are not medical advice and may not be reflective of Cystic Fibrosis Community Care viewpoints. You should always follow the advice of your clinic team regarding your health.

This video has  been developed by Cystic Fibrosis Community Care (CFCC) and Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia (CFWA) and funded by the Australian Government. Thank you to Shelley and all those who have contributed to this video.

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