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Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I’m 29, in good health, and have never been pregnant. But there’s one catch: I have rheumatoid arthritis. Will it be difficult for my partner and me to conceive?

Re: I’m 29, in good health, and have never been pregnant. But there’s one catch: I have rheumatoid arthritis. Will it be difficult for my partner and me to conceive?

The Bump Expert

Experts disagree whether rheumatoid arthritis affects fertility, but it’s been proven that women with RA do take longer to conceive. This could be chalked up to the side effects of the disease for women, such as low sex drive, inconsistent ovulation, fatigue, and pain. One thing to be aware of is that the medications you might be on for RA may cause birth defects, so you have to work with your doctor to monitor medication if you’re trying to conceive. The minute you and your partner are ready to start trying for baby, see a rheumatologist. Some medications take a month to two years to wash out of your system before it’s safe to conceive. (By the way, that goes for both men and women being treated for RA.) Your rheumatologist will also work out a treatment plan for you while you’re pregnant -- some patients quit medication cold turkey and others decide to take medication alternatives.

Although some women with RA run a slight risk of miscarriage or giving birth to a low-weight baby, the majority has normal births without complications. Ironically, 70 to 80 percent of women claim that RA symptoms improved during pregnancy. Another thing to know is that you can’t pass on the disease to your fetus. Though RA has a small genetic component, it doesn’t damage the fetus nor does the baby inherit the disease.

Dara Pettinelli

re: Q: Rheumatoid arthritis and TTC?

my grandmother, my aunt a few of my cousins and I all have RA we all had little to no problems ttc but miscarriages do run in our family because of it. And its not completely proven that it can not be inherited

Mrs.Sky_and_Mr.Luke |

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I am 24 years old with ra and just gave birth to a healthy baby boy. i didnt have any problems tryin to concieve. as soon as i found out i went off all meds, and only took predisone if i felt stiff or achy. i went into remission during my pregnancy. i just did pilates ate right and walked a lot. my son is almost a month and im still in remission. so dont stress it!

Jbeerdietz |

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I am 28 and just began TTC with hubby. I also have JRA. I am glad to hear stories of those of you who went into remission during pregnancy. I want to be able to continue exercising once pregnant and worry that my knees won't allow me too. Your words are very encouraging!

berylayn |

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I have RA and am in my 2nd pregnancy. I also have infertility but there is no evidence that it is b/c of the arthritis. I never went into remission for my first pregnancy. So they kept me on prednisone and Humira. I really feel strongly if you have advanced RA and it isn't going into remission that you need to stay on your meds b/c the permanet damage caused by being off of them is life changing. Meds you can't be on are Plaquenil, Methotrexate, and Remicade I know for sure. You also have to get off NSAIDS in your 2nd tri. Enbrel, Prednisone, and Humira though are pretty safe.

*francisca* |

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I'm 21 and I have had RA for 20 of those years and Fibromyalgia for about 2-3 years. I had my daughter three years ago and the biggest way Arthritis affected me was that I had to stop taking my Prednisone and Enbrel. I went into labor 3 months early, though the reason was unkown, and (being that i have polyarticulate RA) all my joints flared up BIG time. I could barely walk most mornings. Though part of this was because i wasnt on meds, this was mostly because of the pregnancy and gaining the weight from the baby. My joints couldnt handle this. My DR said nothing about me being at a higher risk for Miscarraige though...

Mr&MrsTranka |

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Wow, I am glad I found this. DH and I would like to start TTC soon. I've been on Methotrexate for a year and a half, with no difference. At first, my rheumatologist said no big deal, you can have a baby. This last time, he kept skirting the issue when we brought it up, which was really discouraging. My PCP thinks I should look for a new rheumatologist. Thanks for posting this question. Now, I'm more encouraged, and now I will look for a rheumatologist who is more experienced with pregnancies.

Jornsangel |

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I'm glad I found this post! I have lived with RA since I was 3 with it being really bad when I was little. Now that I am 24, I don't notice it as much, I haven't even taken medication for it since I was 10 or so. But I was always worried about passing it and I almost cried when I read that it is not passed on through pregnancy.

marchlove09 |

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Thank you so much for posting to this blog everyone. My husband and I are going to start trying in June and I went off of my arth meds about five weeks ago. It is great to hear the success that some of you have had. :)

Mrs.VV |

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I am 25 and I have RA. I had a miscarriage at the end of Jan. at 6 weeks. Both my OBGYN and my Rheumatologist have checked blood work to make sure that it is not due to the RA that I had the miscarriage/and to make sure it won't cause future problems with preg./getting preg. I am okay! What they were looking for, wasn't there! What they checked for is very, very rare, but it is related to RA when it is found. I am considered a high risk pregnancy, but both doctors say that they expect no problems at this point when we conceive again. BTW, I am 10 days late (but with 2 neg. tests), so we'll see! It's frustrating, I'm late taking my medicine, but don't want to take it if we are expecting. Guess Time will tell.

mrc7sjsc |

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I have PsA, that is part Psoriasis part Arthritis and it doesn't go into remission during pregnancy and both my Rhumy and my OB said Enbrel was fine to take during pregnancy. Not pregnant yet but hopefully soon.

k.wolfe@mac.com |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Has anyone taken NSAIDS like Celebrex in the first trimester? What did you do to control your rheumatoid arthritis while pregnant?

jklo456092 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am currently TTC and was diagnosed with JRA when I was 8. I have quit taking all meds and am dealing with the pain... Really mines not too bad. Compared to others I met. Sure I struggle a little, but heating pads work wonders. Plus if gives you a good reason to get good rubbins from the hubby! To me , I'm not willing to risk the meds. Hopefully everything else will be ok. P.S. been TTC for 5 months. Keep your fingers crossed!

a_coop |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

If you are on MTX, it will deform te baby and have to abort. Both Rheumy and OB made sure I knew that. I was on Humira a while back but got fed up and stopped taking it. Anyway, I read in What to Expect that many people do experience lessened swelling and stuff during pregnancy. I can't WAIT! WOO!

k2thelc |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Great post...I sometimes feel like I am the only young adult that has RA. Please be aware that methotrexate should never be taken unless you are on birth control It will cause deforms if the fetus even survies. I have had many rhematologist tell me this along with my gyno. If your rhem. isn't telling you this then I strongly suggest finding a new one.

robse |

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wow thank you so much for this post, very informative. Im glad to hear that humera is okay, but methotrexate isn't so that's very good to know. Has anyone heard about Naproxen and if that affects pregnancy?

amanda7215 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

In addition to speaking with your rheumatologist, also find an OB that specializes in high risk pregnancies and can work with you and your rheumatologist on what medications they are comfortable with. I have worked with my rhuematologist and my OB on what meds I can take. I was told to quit taking all anti-inflammatories (including NSAIDs like the naproxen a previous poster mentioned). I am now on a protocol of tylenol and sulfasalazine. My rheumatologist and I discussed the medications I could take to some extent. However, he also recommended I find a good OB to discuss my medications with. I am very grateful for this. I have been trying to conceive for over 9 months and am now starting fertility testing.

STL34 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I'm glad I found this site! I am 29 and have been diagnosed with JRA since I was 8. We started TTC last July and I got pregnant after just 2 months, but then had a miscarriage. They said it was normal, so I don't think it had anything to do with the JRA, not positve though. We are now TTC again, but it's only been 1 mo. or so. I went off Humira & plaquenil, currently only on prednisone. I just deal with the little swelling I have in my hands. I'm really hoping I don't have any problems once I am pregnant!

asewell1 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I wish I had found you ladies sooner! I've been on the Nest/Bump for a couple years but only connected with one other person w/ RA. I am 27. I have had joint pain/inflammation and back trouble for over 10 years. When I had my daughter in Feb 09 my diagnosis was RA. I got off my meds two months before TTC (Humira, Plaquenil, NSAID). I was nervous that we'd have trouble conceiving just b/c of the number of procedures and drugs my body has been through trying to cope with this disease. We got pregnant in one try :) I was put on bedrest the last couple of months due to pre-term labor that may or may not have been related. I did not go into remission during my pregnancy so it was rough, to be totally honest. But we celebrate our healthy little girl every day, so it was absolutely worth every moment. I went to a new rheumy after having my daughter and my diagnosis has now changed to AS (ankylosing spondylitis). The course of treatment is the same, we're just calling it something different. I'm going to get off MTX, Enbrel and NSAID soon to "detox" before TTC again. I wish you all happy healthy pregnancies and babies!

2dogmom |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

So great to hear from other women in the same boat. I am 32 years old and my husband and I have been TTC for 9 months now. I was diagnosed with RA when I was 24 and have been on various meds for the last 7 years or so. I am still on sulfasalazine and hydroxychloroquine, but was told to go off methotrexate while trying to conceive and for the duration of a pregnancy. I have already been to the gyno for a general check up and was told everything was OK. After my husband has had his check up I plan to go back to the rheumatologist to see if he has anything to add. We are both very much ready to start having children and I am worried the RA is having an effect on my fertility (I have never been pregnant). But as with anything to do with this disease, nothing is certain. I hope we will conceive soon. Good luck to everyone else out there.

77kate77 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Hey 77kafe77! I have been in the same boat exactly. My OBGYN told me that Plaguenil (hydroxychloroquine) can be dangerous to a fetus as well. You might want to check into that and keep in mind that doctors always know best. I can give you advice, but I am *definitely* not a doctor!

asmud23 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Thank you so much for posting this question. I am 27 and have had RA for ten years. I was so nervous so start TTC b/c of the RA. I am really encouraged now! Thanks!

alliann82 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am 20 Years old and i have polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. i have had it since i was bout 5 years old. im so glad I have found this page! i am engaged to a soldier and we are ttc before he is deployed. this page has really given me hope :)

bmburks |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I was told early on in my pregnancy that I had RA but was very persistant and insistant that I did not have it, that I actually had Lyme Disease and insisted that I get tested for it. About 3 weeks later my suspitions were confirmed....I did not have RA but Lyme disease. Something for you all to think about!

ersajada |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am relieved to hear all of your thoughts. I am 31 and was just diagnosed with RA. I went off my NSAID(Voltaren) as I was told it was unsafe for pregnancy. I am having a lot of pain, not too much swelling. I see my Dr at the end of Jan. and hope he can guide me along.

mbonson@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I'm so glad I found this! I have mixed connective tissue disease dxd at 6.5. I went off of BCP in August but we really just started trying this month (ie tracking ovulation). I really believed just by going off BCP I was magically going to become pregnant. We are going to give it another six months and if nothing happens we will talk to my rhuemy in June. The last five months were incredibly stressful I had lost my job, got another, we bought a house so I think a lot of that has to do with why we haven't gotten pregnant yet. So we are hopeful 2011 will be our year. It's hard not to worry though with all of the medications I have taken (methotrexate, Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, Imuran, Sulfasalasine, Prednisone, NSAID's, Arava, and many more) that some of them could have messed with my fertility. In addition to the hundreds of CT scans I have had in my life. I am just hoping that none of this will matter and my husband and I will get a very healthy baby.

Teachergirl2009 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I'm glad I found this page! I was just diagnosed with RA but I am hesitant to start any medications because my husband and I want to start TTC. I have tried Prednisone which worked great and my doctor would like to start me on Humira. I think I'd rather just try really hard to get pregnant first and worry about medication after having a baby! My RA is still mild enough where I think I'll be alright without medication right now. Any suggestions??

EllenDF |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

i have had JRA since age 7. i am from NY and had moved to california at age 19. The weather there was so nice that even with the swelling i had i felt no pain, my skin looked better, and i was never as tired and so for a while i experimented with not even going to a rheumatoligist or taking any medication at all. previous to this i was on telectin, sulfasalizine, methotrexate, iron pills, and embrel injections. after not taking the medications for 5 months i had met my ex boyfriend and then after we were together for about 9 months and i had still not taken any meds and have always had irregular periods once every few months and i had gotten pregnant. i had a hard time breathing and swallowing durring my pregnancy but my son was born 2 days before his due date at 7lb 3oz with no major complications during pregnancy or birth and was born healthy and strong and has stayed that way since. it took my medications being out of my system for about a year for me to get pregnant. this plus factoring in irregular menstrual cycles, however i had started methotrexate at such a young age that the rheumatologist im currently seeing believes it may have something to do with my cycles having always been irregular. climate will have an effect on your RA as you know so unless you live someplace warm like i did i wouldnt suggest quiting your meds cold turkey just yet, i would wait until the nicer weather comes. and if your going to be starting a new medication it may take time for it to get back out of your system so that u can get pregnant, however every person is different. so weather you wait to start humira is up to you. i would do some research on the medcation first and how it ties in with pregnancy and maybe that will help your decision.

misseztripleton |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am so glad to hear all of your stories. I was diagnosed with RA when I was 27, really it wasn't in my bloodwork, Dr was going off of my mom having it, my symptoms and how it all came on. I had my son at 25 before my diagnosis. I was on Plaquinel, but had stopped taking it 6 months b4 conceiving. I got pregnant in October '11 and miscarried at 13 wks. My OB wanted me to talk to my Rheum but he seemed to think it wasn't related. My family dr also seemed to think it wasn't related. It gives me hope, all I want is a healthy baby. We are TTC again. I hope to see u all preggo soon!

clarks415 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am so thankful to read all your comments & suggestions. They are very encouraging & awaken my hopes again. I am 31 and was diagnosed with RA last 2005 and started TTC for the last 3 years but still unsuccessful. Tried a lot of meds, seen a couple of rheumatologist, but up to now the pain is still there. I hope you can give me more advises what to take & helpful remedies to avoid or lessen the pain of RA. thanks

lovelyn1528 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am 23 (24 in September) and I have had RA since i was 15. My partner and I had a baby boy in September of '08 and it was our first time TTC. Now with him almost to turn 3, we are wanting to TTC again. My hubby is worried that the RA will pass on to our next child. Our son was diagnost with type 1 diabetes last yr and its been a roller coaster. I have been taking methrotrexate for 2 yrs now. When i was pregnant with our son, my RA went in to rem. and it was awesome! We just hope that this disease can not or wont be passed on. I don't want any of my children to go through this...ugh

koris24 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I have Crohn's Disease and have been looking for some more info on meds that are safe during pregnancy. My DH and I have just started talking about TTC. Some of the meds for RA and Crohn's are simillar. I am on Remicade and have an amazingly knowledgable Dr. who specializes in Crohns in women of child bearing years. From my research and her sharing with me...Remicade is safe to be on during pregnancy. There have not been long term studies done but babies are generally healthy thus far. I do know that its not safe to be on the last 8 weeks of preg. and you shouldnt breastfeed on it. Though some women decide to b-feed while on Remicade anyways. If anyone else has more info on Crohn's or similar meds I would love to hear about it. I am going to look for or post a Question about Crohn's.

MandP2009 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

So glad to have found this discussion! My husband & I are TTC & I worry so much about having a healthy pregnancy & baby because of my RA.

KariH10 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I have had RA for 10 years and at 28 we were surprised with our daughter. I felt GREAT while I was pregnant! I did have a major flare up about 12 weeks after delivery, though. It made it tough to care for a newborn. But as with any baby, it was totally worth it. I cut nursing short so I could go back on MTX and my daughter did just fine on formula. I always figured if I didn't care for myself I couldn't care for her properly. I wouldn't stress too much about TTC with RA. Get plenty of advice from your rheumatologist and ob/gyn. We have been TTC for 10 months now for a second baby. Hope you are blessed with many ankle biters in the future! :)

HollyU2007 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

HI I am 22 and also have RA and have for 15 years, I was told I would never be able to have children because of the medication; I have been on Methotrexate from the age of 8, and Enbrel for many years. My husband and I wanted this confirmed by a fertility specialist so I needed to be taken off ALL medication for 3-6 month. Usually rheumatologists recommend this time period so that the medications you are on get out of your systems. Talk to your rheumatologists to make sure he / she thinks your body can handle it. I am currently 19 weeks and 3 days pregnant with baby #1. NO help from a fertility doctor, it was done the good old fashion way. I was told that I did have a higher chance of miscarriage so I was/ I am monitored very carefully. I have had 5 or 6 ultra sounds done, and have had countless appointments. My OB sees me every 2-4 weeks. It will continue like this until I am 30 weeks, and then I will be seen every week for 10 weeks or until I pop. My Rheumatologists doesn’t need to see me because I am no pain, but will be seeing me 2 weeks after the baby is born every 2 weeks for a few months to monitor my joints. Most women experience a nice long 9+ months of remission when pregnant, some do not it all depends on you and your joints. I personally have never felt better in my life. My thoughts... “So this is what I have been missing out on most of my life!” Anyway long story short, it may take a little longer, and you may been watched like a hawk for 9 months, but yes having a baby with RA is 100% possible, and well worth the wait!

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Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I was looking to see what the effects were for Candida yeast infection in men and I stumbled upon an article about RA and pregnancy. As you know joint pain is a known symptom for pregnant women so it can get easily confused with other affections. Then again, a pregnancy comes with a lot of hormonal changes and some might even be helpful in reducing the RA pains. I guess it depends from person to person. If having a baby is important I think you will be able to deal with the pain as long as you keep thinking about the baby to come.

johannabartley |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Hi all. This is an excellent discussion. I've had RA for about 2 years now and have been TTC for approx 7 months. I'm now seeing a fertility specialist and my rheumy is very good. But my RA isn't well controlled on all the usual drugs (sulfuzalzine, plaquenil, predisone). I've never been on MTX and she is trying to get me to put aside TTC and to go on it for a while to get my RA under control. I'm torn though because I'm 35 so I don't want to wait any longer but she's right that my RA is not well controlled and I get a fair bit of pain and swelling - which probably isn't helping my TTC! I'm amazed to hear that pple have gone off their drugs! If I miss one drug 'session' (i.e. if I don't take my evening drugs) I feel it within a few hours. I tried to decrease predisone by 1 mg but my body was so stiff I have to go back. Does anyone else have severe RA and what drugs are you on while TTC? Also, I don't really think anyone has mentioned the whole breastfeeding issue. I understand that while RA often goes into remission during preg there can be a flare up after birth. I'm a prime candidate for that? Have others just not breast fed or stayed on 'safe' meds? What are the safe meds during breastfeeding? Would love any advice.

marijke20062 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Hi Ladies! I, like many of the wonderful ladies in this thread are very greatful that you have brought up this question....we can lean on eachother! I have been trying to find out as much info as I can about RA and us TTC. I am 28, diagnosed 4 years ago and have tried plaguenil, sulfasalazine, methx, prednisone, celebrex...etc etc. In the past couple of months I started Enbrel with mixed results. I feel great while I am on it, but have a hard time staying on it consistently because some sort of annoying infection pops up and I need to go on antibiotics (tooth, UTI...blah blah blah). My hubby and I are planning on TTC in 2012- hoping its the year of the baby! :) Anyway, for anyone looking for hard facts about RA and pregnancy, my Rhummy suggested we take a look at www.otispregnancy.org. Its a great website that helps us make up our mind if I wanted to stay on Enbrel after we get PG (what can I say, I'm a planner). I wish everyone a very happy holiday season, good health, fun trying and beautiful babies!

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Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

I am also 29 and I have had RA for almost 10 years. I was on methotrexate, enbrel and mobic. I got off of the methotrexate 3 months prior to TTC and the enbrel and mobic about a month before. I was put on a low dose prednisone (5 mg) to keep the flare ups down. We tried for 7 months to get pregnant with no luck. After some research, I found out that prednisone CAN, in fact, affecting ovulation - and in my case, the timing. My cycles went from a normal 28-29 days to a whopping 39 days at times! But after using ovulation kits, there were months where I ovulated days early and some many days late. We finally pinpointed it and with some help of preseed, we got a BFP a few days after Christmas! I am currently 13 weeks, no remission yet but praying that we do!

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So good to read all your comments. I have had RA for 5 years and have one little boy. I was TTC when i was diagnosed and managed to stay off any meds until after he was born. The 2nd one hasn't been so easy. I have been trying for 3 years but thankfully am now 9 weeks pregnant. I came off Mtx for 1 year and carried on wit NSAID diclofenac and prednisolene but got into such a state with the RA that i gave up and went back on the MTX. I took it for a year along with Cimzia sulpasalazine prednisolene and diclofenac b4 i decided to TTC again. I came off the MTX and carried on with the rest. I was about to give up again when i found out that NSAIDs can affect fertility. I could not manage without so my rheumie suggested a steroid drip which is a big boost of steroids into the system so that NSAIDs aren't necessary. It did the job and i got pregnant as soon as i stopped the NSAIDs. There is hope out there for everyone. Fingers crossed all will be fine with the baby.

charlh79 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Hello Ladies, I am reassured by your comments here. But would like some advice... I was diagnosed 3 years ago with RA and was put on Methatroxate and Hydroxycloroquine which really helped. My boyfriend and I had decided we would like to start a family and I am 34 years old so really don't want to wait any longer. I came off the meds last Oct as I was advised by the Rhumetologist I needed to have 6 months med free. I have now been off my meds for 8 months I am having a horrendous tie of it, can hardly walk and have noticed changes in the shape of some of my fingers. I am constantly struggling and in a lot of pain. I have been advised Naproxen can cause breathing difficulties so not to take them if I am ttc. We have been ttc for the last three months now and I am getting concerned I am causing permanent damage. Should I speak to a rhuemetologist again, can I be on ANY meds at all?? I am just at a loss and in so much pain its a nightmare. I have been advised that once/if I fall pregnant and give birth to go straight back on any meds and not worry about breast feeding because I need to be healthy to look after a newborn. Can anyone please advise?

zeezee1979 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

zeezee1979 | From my research and what my first rheumatologist told me, was that Hydroxychloroquine and Prednisone are safe to take while TTC & during pregnancy. As far as NSAIDS go, none are really recommended during pregnancy. You can take TYLENOL (acetaminophen) in low doses though. Being off your meds is also going to make everything harder on your body, so it can be harder to conceive, so I don't know why your Rhumetologist said to stop everything, obviously Methotrexate is a no-no prior to conceiving and during pregnancy, but she/he should have kept you on Hydroxychloroquine or put you on Prednisone!

sailingupmnts |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Hi everyone I'm 26 and was diagnosed with RA (and Lupus) last fall. My first Rhumetologist gave me both diagnoses and put me on Hydroxychloroquine and Prednisone because he knew that my husband and I wanted to have kids. Then I had to go off Hydroxychloroquine because bad side effects and then decided that he didn't know what to do for me anymore because he didn't want me on MTX, so I found a new Rhumetologist. He has me on Enbrel and Mobic. The Enbrel has been a life saver!! My symptoms have greatly improved, but we have been TTC for 14 months now and a couple of months ago, I was 2 weeks late and was ecstatic until I had a super heavy period (I still wonder if if was a miscarriage!?) Shortly after I started Enbrel and was hoping to get pregnant right away (have been on it 2 months now) due to it controlling my antibodies. Then I did some research on Mobic and then I found out that it can cause a "reversible delay in ovulation"! So now I've stop taking Mobic and hoping for a better outcome next month! Anyone else on Enbrel & TTC? Also noticed that Prednisone made my cycles "normal" always 30 or 31 days, but on Mobic they were so scattered, 30, 34,49,27, etc! Has anyone else noticed cycle changes with any of these meds? Thanks for listening!

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Q&A: Getting pregnant if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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