I have a friend with a kidney condition. It doesn’t impair fertility, but if she were to get pregnant, her chances of survival are limited. Sorry, not much more information than that, don’t know the kidney condition or why.
I have a cousin with severe scolosis and an steel bar down her back (actually three of them). She has three kids and would love more. Her doctor thinks another pregnancy would paralyze her.
I had preeclampsia. Sucked. Mine was mild - I didn’t even go on bed rest - and wasn’t a big deal until around 32 weeks - late enough that had it become a bigger deal, a few weeks on complete bed rest and a c-section in the hospital would have delivered a healthy baby. But having your blood taken every week so they can run some test and maybe they will call you and tell you to pack for the hospital isn’t a plesant feeling. I know women who have had it hit much earlier - when trying to carry to term is risky. And apparently, that is one where you can be borderline one day and comatose the next.
The depression thing can be a very big deal (says someone who then had PPD, and has depression and suicide running rampant in her family tree).
I’ve known two women with etopic pregnancies - they are life threatening although I don’t consider the treatment for them an “abortion” as they never properly implanted.
One girlfriend hemmoraged during labor and needed several hours of surgery and a lot of blood to save her life.
I’ve also had friends with issues like Lynn’s. A lot of my girlfriends were not diabetic until their pregnancies. And some of them have had severe complications. Another friend (actually a friends wife) has severe Type I diabetes - she will kill herself if she does get pregnant.
One of my issues with the abortion debate is the term “abortion of convieniece” and “you can always put the baby up for adoption.” (OK, that is two) Like pregnancy is nine months of keeping someone’s books in your basement while they don’t have room in their apartment and then they’ll come pick them up. Whatever else pregnancy is, it is not merely an inconvience - even if you really really wanted to be pregnant. Few women I know have not had some sort of lasting physical souvienier of their pregnancies - some of them major and some quite minor (excuse me while I run to the bathroom to sit on the toilet while I sneeze).