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?
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
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Three Rules of Thumb Every High-Risk Patient Should Know
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