Pregnancy may trigger an autoimmune disorder.
An existing autoimmune disorder can interfere with pregnancy, causing harm to the fetus.
The antibodies that the mother produces can enter the fetus’s system, affecting its growth.
Lupus and Pregnancy
- Some cases improve in pregnancy
- Some cases worsen during pregnancy
- Most cases flare-up post delivery
- The preconception visit is critical
- Control your disease with the help of medication
- Make certain that your blood pressure and kidney function are both normal.
The fetus may develop complications such as:
- Slow heart rate
- Low platelet count
- Low white blood cell count
- Moter is at risk of developing blood clots, hypertension, and preeclampsia.
- The fetus is at risk for developing IUGR, miscarriage, and stillbirth.
- Use low dose aspirin and anticoagulants
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy
Can Flare-up in pregnancy and treated with steroids
Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)
ITP causes the body to release antibodies that decrease the number of platelets which can lead to both the mother and child excessive bleeding. Prednisone might be prescribed.
To reduce the risk of hemorrhage during vaginal birth, your doctor can administer a high dose of immune globulin through an IV right before delivery. This can help control the bleeding.
Myasthenia gravis, which causes weakness in the muscles, thankfully does not come with many risks of complication during pregnancy.
Some drugs that are a regular part of prenatal care, like oxytocin and magnesium, can aggravate the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.