Pregnancy And Lupus

Author: Sandy

Posted On: May 8, 2014

Although it considered that pregnancy in women with lupus is a matter of high risk, yet we could witness a good number of women with lupus bear their babies safely to the end of their pregnancy. On the whole, women with lupus have a higher rate of miscarriage and premature births in comparison to the common populace. Besides, women who have antiphospholipid antibodies are at a greater threat of miscarriage in the second trimester because of their increased danger of blood clotting in the placenta. Lupus patients with a past medical record of kidney disease have a higher possibility of preeclampsia (hypertension with a build-up of excess watery fluid in cells or tissues of the body). A proper pregnancy psychotherapy and preparation before conceiving is very essential. Idyllically, a woman should have no signs or symptoms of lupus and be taking no medications for several months before she becomes heavy with child.

Some women may experience a placid to moderate flare during or following their pregnancy; whereas others do not. Expectant women with lupus, especially those who are taking corticosteroids, also are more likely to develop health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperglycemias (high blood sugar), and kidney complications. Therefore, thorough regular care and good nutrition during pregnancy becomes essential. It is also prudent and advisable to have an access to a neonatal (newborn) intensive care unit at the time of delivery in case the baby requires emergency special medical attention.

For women with lupus who do not aspire to become pregnant or who are taking drugs that could be injurious to an unborn babe, dependable birth control is imperative. Once oral contraceptives (birth control pills) were not considered as an option for women with lupus because doctors feared the hormones in those pills would cause a flare of the disease. Nevertheless, a hefty NIH-supported study called “Safety of Estrogens in Lupus Erythematosus National Assessment” or “SELENA” said that severe flares were no more frequent and common among women with lupus taking oral contraceptives than in those taking a placebo (inactive pill). As a consequence of this study, doctors are ever more prescribing oral contraceptives to women with dormant or stable disease.

Hopefully you find this article helpful.It has been primarily focused on the healthy living of both the mom with lupus and the babe. And also the SELENA study has thrown quite some light on the contraception methods to prevent yourself for getting pregnant.

If you are planning your baby while fighting Lupus – you need to be extra cautious. If you have any queries, share with #FightSLE.

SOURCE

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal ans Skin Diseases. (Handout on Healthy: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Pregnancy and Contraception for Women Having Lupus. May 2013)

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