Pregnancy and Kidney Disease

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Tangren,

For women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who may want to have kids, pregnancy is a common concern. There are special things women should know and consider when making this big life decision.

Pregnancy with kidney disease is possible. But more advanced kidney disease can lead to lower chances of getting pregnant. And being pregnant with kidney disease can also lead to health risks for both moms and their babies.  However, the chances of successful pregnancy are increasing for women with all stages of CKD, including those on dialysis or living with a kidney transplant.

Dr. Jessica Tangren has dedicated her life to helping women with kidney disease navigate pregnancy and all that comes with it. During this webinar she will discuss:

  • How the chances of getting pregnant can change in women with kidney disease
  • The steps women can take before pregnancy to minimize the associated risks
  • How pregnancy can affect the trajectory of kidney disease in women


Dr. Jessica Tangren

Jessica Sheehan Tangren, MD is a nephrologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and her clinical nephrology fellowship in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship. Dr. Tangren’s research is in women’s health with a particular focus on pregnancy in women with kidney disease, mechanisms of renal circulatory adaptation to pregnancy and novel methods of measuring kidney function in pregnancy. Her clinical work is dedicated to women with chronic kidney disease with a focus on young women with kidney disease planning a pregnancy.  Dr. Tangren received the American Kidney Fund’s Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship in 2017 to continue her research in acute kidney injury and the implications for pregnancy.