Rheumatoid Arthritis And Pregnancy

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Pregnancy

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disease that will affect your smaller joints such as finger, foot, elbow and knee joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis triggers an inflammation in the joints causing them to swell which can be very painful.

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Miscarriges

Do not worry that you are more likely to have a miscarriage if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Research has shown that the rates of miscarriages for women with R.A. and women without R.A. are fairly similar. 

 




Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Options During Pregnancy

If you and your partner decide to try for a baby it is important to share this information with your doctor as most of the time the doctor will want to take you off certain medications that you might be on. If you are currently taking Methotrexate, Enbrel and Humira, or other TNF- Agents you will need to stop the treatment with these. 

You will more than likely still be allowed treatment with NSAIDs such as Diclofenac, Naproxen and others in this category.  The same will go for corticosteroids and some of the DMARDS. 




Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Go Away With Pregnancy

The majority of women will go into a state of remission with their R.A. during pregnancy.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis remission
R.A. Remission is a state where you do not feel as affected by your disease. It might go into a “resting” state and the symptoms might even be none existent. 

During pregnancy a lot of women will notice a decrease in their symptoms and some might not experience any symptoms at all. 

Can I Breastfeed If I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Breastfeeding your baby is something that a lot of women want to do. If you have R.A. it is important to talk to your doctor before breastfeeding as some of the medications might not be suited for this. 




Will I Pass On Rheumatoid Arthritis To My Baby

There are many factors involved for someone to develop R.A. The risk for your baby to, at some point in their life, develop R.A. is slightly higher but it is not definite. For more information read:

 




Pregnant With Rheumatoid Arthritis - Good To Know

  • Your R.A. will not harm the baby even if it is active
  • You might have a higher risk of pre-mature delivery
  • R.A. will not increase the risk of having a baby with any birth defect
  • If you find out you are pregnant you need to talk to your doctor before going off any medications
  • For your child to get R.A. there are a lot of factors involved
  • Risk of miscarrying does not increase with R.A.

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