Did You Know? Many patients with Rheumatic Disease experience symptom improvement during pregnancy
For years, women with rheumatic disease have been discouraged and/or advised not to get pregnant. We now know that with careful medical and obstetric management most women can have a successful pregnancy. If your patient(s) with rheumatic disease are considering pregnancy here are a few guidelines of what women should know about pregnancy and rheumatic disease.
01 | Know the Effects
Pregnancy affects each patient differently; therefore, it is imperative that you speak to your health care provider regarding how pregnancy can affect you and your treatment. Also, discuss the possible side effects that medications can have on your baby.
02 | Know the Facts
03 | Arm Yourself with the Right Team
Arm yourself with the right team of doctors including your Obstetrician and Rheumatologist. Speak to all of your doctors and have a discussion of what other medical professional may need to be included in your care, including pre and post pregnancy. Both doctors and patients must be ready to deal with and plan for possible complications for both mother and child.
04 | Prenatal Care Counts
The best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby is the same whether you have rheumatic disease or not. Like all pregnant women, you should:
For additional resources on pregnancy and rheumatic disease visit: www.rheumatology.org