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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Lupus During Pregnancy

Everything you wanted to know about lupus during pregnancy, including how to keep you and baby healthy for all nine months.

What’s the best way to treat lupus during pregnancy?

Once you're pregnant, it's especially important for your doctors to keep close tabs on you. Lupus puts you at an increased risk for preeclampsia, a serious disorder that can damage the kidneys, liver, brain, heart and eyes. So you and your doctor should be on the lookout for telltale symptoms including headaches, rapid weight gain and swelling in your hands and/or face. If you're diagnosed with preeclampsia, you may need to stay in the hospital for monitoring, and baby may even have to be delivered early. Keep the lines of communication open between you and your doc.

What can I do to prevent lupus?

You can’t.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have lupus?

“I was diagnosed with lupus in 2002 and am pregnant now for the first time at age 34. So far, all has been good, and recent blood work showed no lupus activity. My rheumy told me to pay attention to blood work. The only thing I’ve noticed so far is that the fatigue has gotten worse as I move into the second trimester.”

“I just got diagnosed in January. When I asked my rheumy about getting pregnant (I’m not yet), he said that I could get a maternal-fetal specialist to work together with my ob-gyn.”

“I’m 27 years old with lupus that’s been in remission for several years. I’m 10 weeks pregnant. My current OB doesn’t see the need to consider me high-risk, but everything I’ve read suggests that all lupus patients who are pregnant should be considered high-risk.”

Are there any other resources for lupus during pregnancy?

Lupus Foundation of America

Plus, more from The Bump:

Three Rules of Thumb Every High-Risk Patient Should Know

Preeclampsia

Miscarriage Risks

-- Colleen Canney

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