I realize this is probably a tired and overdone theme and question. But I’m not finding what I need to find, hopefully you can help out.
I have searched the forums and the answer to this question is multisided and I haven’t seen any references to Catholic documents about it.
Situation (true / my situation / not theoretical):
25 year old mom will probably die if she gets pregnant again b/c of some kidney issues. She also will probably miscarry if she gets pregnant again.
We have 5 kids already (yay!) and we are practicing Catholics / married for 8.5 years now.
Last pregnancy nearly killed her b/c of kidney issues related to the pregnancy and the drugs she had to take to stop pre-term labor. We don’t know if it was the drugs that caused the kidney problems or not (its a ridiculously high dose of some blood pressure medication that they gave her to stop labor). Anyway, if she gets pregnant again before maybe 2-3 years, there are some serious risks.
NFP? Certainly possible, but not worth the risks b/c of her health. 5 kids in 8.5 years is rough on a body.
The catechism indicates that sex is for 2 things - union with the spouse and for making babies. I seem to recall some teaching about this special case though. We’v been celibate for a WHILE now since the last birth.
I don’t even trust priest’s opinions on this b/c there are a wide range of opinions.
She’s ready to go get the depo shot but i’m still on the fence about it. Is there any reference to go to for an answer to this question? Something official?