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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

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Can an autoimmune disease affect just one side of the body?

Autoimmune: Actually most affect the whole system but in some cases the symptoms may express themself on one side. ...Read more

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If I have an autoimmune disease and HPV dose that mean most likely my HPV won't ever clear away on its own ?

Possibly: Possibly that may be the case. We do know patients with lupus have difficulty with hpv and cervical dysplasia. Talk to your gyn as you may need more frequent testing if you have had an abnormal pap smear. ...Read more

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Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Smoking makes worse: Complement is low and systemic lupus because it is activated by the lupus. Smoking activates the alternative complement pathway and lowers some pf the complement compoments. Low complement does not cause connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are autoimmune diseases that leads to blood clots?

Could you tell me what are autoimmune diseases that leads to blood clots?

Several!: First, all inflammatory autoimmune diseases can increase serum fibrinogen, the major clotting factor-hence they all can increase the chance for a clot, as does inactivity often present. However, two significant diseases are hughes syndrome-antiphospholipid syndrome, and cryoglobulinemia. Blood clots are major clinical features of these conditions! ...Read more

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My mom has an autoimmune disease so what are the chances i could have one?

My mom has an autoimmune disease so what are the chances i could have one?

Here is my take: I do not know statistics regarding non-neurological disorders, but at least in ms, an autoimmune disease, the risk of mother passing to child is no more than 3-5%. So, unlikely that you have a high risk. Ask your mom's doctor to give you the statistics regarding her specifics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person has an autoimmune disease, wouldn't they be immune to aids?

Can you tell me if a person has an autoimmune disease, wouldn't they be immune to aids?

Autoimmune: That is not true at all. An autoimmune disease is when your immune system is attacking your own tissues, not recognizing you as you. That definitely would not prevent you from getting AIDS or anything else. ...Read more

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I want to know what's wrong with me. My mom had an autoimmune disease, could I have one?

Not enough info: Unless you describe your symptoms and tell what disease your mom has then no one can answer. Some autoimmune diseases can be inherited and some are not. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between abortion and placental abruption and I don't have any autoimmune diseases ?

Is there any relation between abortion and placental abruption and I don't have any autoimmune diseases ?

Not really. : Here are the risk factors for placental abruption (largely unpredictable and non-preventable severe pregnancy complication): trauma, hypertensive disorders, smoking, cocaine, amniotic fluid disorders, thrombophilia, chorioamnionitis, prior abruption, fetal growth restriction, increasing maternal age and parity, male fetus. As you can see abortion is not among them, especially without immune probs. ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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