Desiring children with lipedema - a spiral of emotions

Desire to have children with lipedema

Does that even fit together? Many of you ask yourself every day whether it makes sense to get pregnant despite lipedema. We don't want to pass on the botched genes and are also afraid that the lipedema will explode when we're pregnant.


It's a tough decision and a tightrope walk. On the one hand your own health and on the other hand the desire to give life.
Lipedema is influenced by hormones. That is why this disease breaks out in many people affected during puberty, but the period of pregnancy or menopause are also decisive factors. The pill is also highly controversial. During pregnancy in particular, many hormones are released and the entire system is converted. This can also affect your lip, it can make your condition worse, the pain suddenly intensifies, or you need a higher compression class. But as just mentioned, that's one thing Can option. You can also experience a completely normal pregnancy without any major problems. Unfortunately, you can never say exactly. But is that why you want to do without a child? I think we shouldn't just let lipedema guide our lives. If you want to have children with lipedema and you are sure, then take this step!

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Be vigilant

Medicine is a bit further and you yourself have a precise lipedema eye. I think you will quickly notice changes in your own child and can take countermeasures well. Even if wearing compression is definitely not comfortable, if it can prevent the worst, I'm definitely for it. You understand what i mean? In addition, there is also a 50/50 chance that you will give birth to a healthy boy and not have to worry about this topic at all.

This is just my own personal opinion on the subject. Personally, I'm more concerned about whether the cancer that runs in our family isn't more of a problem. Detected early, you can still do a lot with lipedema and maybe even cause stagnation. It's all a pro and con, a back and forth of feelings, a never-ending spiral of thoughts. You have to decide for yourself what is important and right to you.

By the way, there is a special compression garment for you during pregnancy. The firm body part is replaced by a soft, non-restrictive one. At the beginning there is also the possibility to work a wedge into the existing compression. In any case, you don't have to be afraid, because nothing will press and your baby will not be harmed.

Liposuction before or after pregnancy?

Another hotly debated question is "liposuction before or after pregnancy?"
Here too there are umpteen theses. I operated on myself, you know that. My doctor told me that pregnancy would be much better after liposuction. There is hardly any diseased tissue left in the body, which means that the chance that the findings will remain the same is increased many times over. The cards are reshuffled. And I can learn something from the train of thought. Because if the fat is removed beforehand, it cannot explode. It increases at most evenly after the operation, but this usually happens through increased food intake. So a completely normal increase that can then be removed again. Why and why is that so? Not even a doctor can explain that to you. Unfortunately true!


If you want children and don't want anything more, then just give in to your desire to have children with lipedema. It is your life, lipedema is part of it. Holding your own little human being in your hands outweighs all of the pain. I think it's worth it. Lipedema or not - no one will make this decision for you. Make the right choice and please have no regrets. Personally, I don't want to miss this experience, never.
In this sense - all the best
Handwriting Anja

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Author: annichen1989

I'm Anja and I was born on February 10.02.1989th, 2 in Schwedt an der Oder. So I come from beautiful Brandenburg. Professionally, I work as an office communication clerk, I support XNUMX companies with my workforce. I also work as an artist in the field of manga. Dear Caroline invited me to participate in this blog. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and I hope that this will also make our disease better known.

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  • Hello!
    I didn't think about it until I was finally pregnant. Due to my PCO syndrome and the strong desire to have children, it took some time and support from a fertility clinic to even be able to fulfill this wish. And my wish was huge - my lipedema could never have "prevented" that. I am wondering whether my daughter could also be affected. But there is a chance that it is not. And if so, we (my husband, my family and I) are sensitized to this disease and could help it at an early stage. I don't want to miss my wonderful child for anything in the world! And during the pregnancy I was personally fine with my lipedema.

    • Hello Antonia!
      I am glad to hear that you gave in to your desire for children. This is a great example and I wish you all the best. I see it like you do - recognizing it at an early stage is worth a lot and we are really good at it.

      All the best

      • Hello are you Anja from Schwedt? I've also suffered from lipedema for 8 years and I'm 11 weeks pregnant. Would I be happy to get in touch with you?

  • Dear Anja
    You speak to me sweetly of the soul. Lately, my friend and I have dealt a lot with the topic of children, precisely because I am so afraid of inheritance.
    So far I've been living quite well with the diagnosis. Of course, I also have other days (I think everyone with this diagnosis knows them) but I always think to myself “don't let yourself become a slave to your own illness”.
    To get back to the topic. My friend said something to me that made me breathe and very scared.
    He said:
    “If we were to find out today that we were brothers-in-law and that our child was impaired, whether physically or mentally. Wouldn't we love it anyway ?! Who tells us that we will ever have a child that is not born impaired in any way or that will not be impaired at some point in their life? Isn't lipedema a known risk then ?! At least we know a risk! Where we know what to do! Where we know how we can help him. "
    I am running into tears again. He's right.
    No woman who has lipedema and becomes a brother-in-law is inhuman. On the contrary, I think we have the necessary knowledge to make our children sensitive and strong for such diseases.

    My niece (10 years old) once said to me when I was very sad about the illness. "I love you like you are. My strong aunt also had dull lipedema. "
    And I think we just have to draw on people.

    • Hello Julia,

      I think your husband has found the perfect words to clear all doubts out of the way. There really is no better way to put it.
      Your niece seems to really love you too. You're in great surroundings - people like that need to be found and around.

      All love for you

  • Dear Anja,

    I was diagnosed with lipedema in March. I was totally exhausted with the Neven. But I've probably had it since pregnancy with my almost 10-year-old son. I gained 23 kg during pregnancy. I still have 10 of those Kg to that never went down. By changing the pill several times, I gained another 12 kg in the last 2 years. I stopped the pill making the diagnosis of lipedema on my own initiative. Now I'm 6 weeks old and don't know exactly whether I should be happy about it. I'm afraid my body explodes. I have been wearing compression stockings up to my thighs since the diagnosis and go to lymphatic drainage 1-2 times a week. My symptoms have improved somewhat. And my skin has also become considerably better (smoother). Sometimes it has also reduced the scope and in such a short time.
    Well, my boyfriend recently broke up with me and I don't know what to do, he doesn't know about the pregnancy yet.

  • When I was pregnant with our son (now 2 years old), I was (against my better knowledge) in a no-bogus phase and experienced the entire (!) Pregnancy without lymphatic drainage or compression stockings.
    I suffered a lot from the edema, especially in the end (it was midsummer - I only got in one pair of sandals!), But they were gone immediately after the pregnancy. I only gained 1 kg during the entire pregnancy, when the little one was out I weighed 6 kg less than at the start of the pregnancy ...
    And yes, my leg size has increased a bit and I kept a very pretty spider vein on my right calf as a memento 😉
    And yes, despite various other ailments during pregnancy - we are planning to get pregnant again next year - but then with compression stockings 🙂
    Such a little person makes up for absolutely everything, I don't want to miss our son for a day!
    In this sense: on your marks - get set - start tinkering! 😉

  • Hello Anja
    After the birth of my first daughter, I found out that I suffered from lipedema and I would also like to have more children ... It is the greatest thing that can happen to you, especially since I also suffer from OCO syndrome.
    May I ask how expensive the liposuction was and did you get pregnant again afterwards? Would you have another operation and recommend it to others?

    LG Mary