Topic: How serious is Lupus during pregnancy?
July 18, 2019 / By Colt Question:
My daughter had preclampsia with her first pregnancy. She is approximately 9 wks. along and is showing signs of the condition already. Last week her doctor told her that current symptoms she is having all point to the possibility of Lupus. He ran some test, and said depending on the test results may decide to hospitalize her for a few days for further testing and begin a treatment plan. I am terribly worried for my daughter and her unborn baby. Just wondered if anyone out their has experienced somewhat the same, and looking for some feedback. Thank you in advance.
Aric | 6 days ago
Don't worry. Lupus rarely affects the baby of a woman who has it, but it isn't nice at all for the mother. Often women contract Lupus whilst pregnant or after they've had a baby, as Lupus is often triggered by this. I once knew a woman who had her Lupus at its very worse after she had her first baby. I've known 2 women with it, and the second one was so exhausted she spent most of a year in a wheelchair. But Lupus is rarely fatal nowadays, and it's not disfiguring. They usually use steroids to treat it. (I'm not talking about illegal drugs, I'm talking about medical drugs that have nothing to do with muscle building). Lupus can range in severity. Your daughter's baby will be fine.
I'm not going to guarantee you that everything, including the baby, will be ship-shape and fine and dandy, but it is VERY likely. I know the woman above gave you some bad news about premature or ill babies, but the truth is, the two women I know have had 2 or more babies, all completely normal and healthy. Seriously. Not trying to make you feel better. Have a little faith, dear:) Good luck xxx
Lupus pregnancies are considered high risk. That said, many of us with lupus have had children without any problems. You might flare when you are pregnant. There is a very small chance that the baby will have neonatal lupus or congenital heart block, very small chance. Did I say very small chance???? If you have lupus clotting disorders (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, anti cardio lipin, lupus anticoagulant) you can have a late term miscarriage. Your doctors should test you for this. Your ob/gyn and rheumie must work together closely during your pregnancy. At each visit, ask for copies of your chart and labs and bring them to the other doctor. They will not call each other and share information unless you make it happen.
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