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I want to have a baby. Could having an autoimmune disease affect pregnancy?

I want to have a baby. Could having an autoimmune disease affect pregnancy?

Yes, but probably no: You should be screened for anticardiolipin antibodies, especially if you have had a prior miscarriage. Also, hypothyroidism, usually caused by autoimmune thyroiditis, is a common problem, because the increased estrogen made increases thyroid binding globulin and increases your thyroid need. Have you doctor frequently check a free T3 (liothyronine) and TSH during pregnancy, if you take thyroid medication! ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

Pregnancy problems in autoimmune diseases?

There are: People with autoimmune disease can get better with pregnancy - this is seen especially with rheumatoid arthritis most of the time. Lupus can also improve or get worse, but it depends on the involvement of the lupus and what organ sites are involved. We are cautious with our pregnant patients, follow them along with high risk OB specialists and monitor their organ involvement. ...Read more

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What are the effects of autoimmune diseases on pregnancy?

What are the effects of autoimmune diseases on pregnancy?

Manifold.: Sle (lupus) and apls (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) can cause fetal wastage, preterm birth and preeclampsia. Grave's disease of the thyroid can cause preterm birth and growth restriction or fetal goiter. Pernicious anemia and inflammatory bowel disease can lead to preterm birth and poor fetal growth. Sjoegren's disease can lead to fetal heart block (bradycardia) and hydrops. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that pregnancy causes the mother to develop a flare in an autoimmune disease?

Flares: There is evidence that pregnancy causes flares of autoimmune diseases after the pregnancy is over. Flares can occur after a spontaneous miscarriage, an elective abortion, or delivery. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a baby having an autoimmune disease if both parents have one?

What is the probability of a baby having an autoimmune disease if both parents have one?

Difficult to say: There is a chance that your baby may or may not have an autoimmune disease, but it is difficult to say what the odds will be. Preconceptional planning should be considered as some medications used to treat autoimmune diseases can cause birth defects and one may need to go off their medications before conception is attempted. Both parents should talk to their rheumatologists as well as an ob. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more