Resources for people with HIV who are considering pregnancy or are already pregnant.

Without treatment, HIV can be transmitted from mother to baby in utero (during pregnancy) and through breast feeding. With proper care and treatment it is possible for a person living with HIV to have a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

Pregnancy considerations

It is possible for people living with HIV to become pregnant. For individuals who are considering pregnancy or who are pregnant, the first step is to talk to a health care provider with experience in HIV and pregnancy.

HIV treatment and pregnancy?

Canadian guidelines recommend HIV medication for women with HIV who want to get pregnant. It’s important to discuss HIV medication during pregnancy with a health care provider.

The type of medication prescribed will depend on many factors including whether or not the individual is already on HIV treatment, whether or not they are experiencing side effects, their HIV viral load and CD4 counts.