New evidence is reassuring for women with rheumatoid arthritis who need treatment with a biologic throughout pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Birth
In contradiction to long-standing beliefs, a healthy pregnancy is possible for women who have lupus, Dr. Jill Buyon says.
One in 50 women with lupus could have a child with neonatal lupus, but preventative steroid therapy may be unnecessary.
Tailored medication should be considered beyond conception to stabilize low disease activity and prevent flares during pregnancy, study reports.
RA patients with low disease activity in the first trimester of pregnancy, are likely to have low disease activity or reach remission by the third trimester.
The news from the PROMISSE study on pregnancy outcome in women with systemic lupus erythematosus is good for non-Hispanic white women and not so good for Hispanic white and African-American in women.
New guidelines issued at EULAR 2015 outline ways to reduce risks of complications for pregnant women with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome. Details here.