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Lupus and Pregnancy

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Overview

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) doesn't usually affect a woman's ability to conceive. But if you are having a lupus flare or are taking corticosteroid medicines, you may have irregular menstrual cycles. This can make it hard to plan a pregnancy.

If you plan to have a baby or are already pregnant, it's very important that you and your doctor discuss how lupus may affect your pregnancy.

Talk with your doctor about which medicines you can take during pregnancy.

If you have miscarried before, expect that your pregnancy will be closely watched. Talk to your doctor about whether you have tested positive for antiphospholipid antibodies. If so, anticoagulant treatment may improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.


Credits for Lupus and Pregnancy

Current as of: December 20, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Stanford M. Shoor MD - Rheumatology
Nancy Ann Shadick MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology


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