Pregnancy And Delivery With Glaucoma

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with Glaucoma a couple of years ago.

I'm wondering what the complications could be, if any, while pregnant,
delivery etc. I am currently on beta blocker drops, Timolol.

Also, I tore my retina last year and am wondering if that can be a complication during delivery, straining. I'm worried about tearing the other one.

Cheers,
Jane

ANSWER

Timolol is Pregnancy Category C, to be used with caution, but probably a good choice in your case.

It sounds like you would benefit from a gentle birth experience, so maybe you should consider methods to avoid an epidural, only because it requires much more effort to push the baby out with an epidural than if you don't have one. I'm thinking water labor, midwives who don't rush you, low lights, supportive friends and family, you fill in the rest of the blanks. And congratulations in advance!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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