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   Posted 4/26/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I would really like to hear from women who have become pregnant and had a child while dealing with Sacroiliitis or Ankylosing Spondylitis. (...or anyone who was close to someone who went through it.) I am having a difficult time finding information on the internet, and I want to learn more. How did the pregnancy and birth affect your symptoms and the overall progressional of the disease? Did your doctors explain what the likelihood of passing it to your child is? Any experiences will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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   Posted 5/5/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate, I actually have Psoriatic Arthritis. But, I had a good experience with my first child, not so great with my second. I worry about my children, but no one can tell what is going to happen. Their health thus far (they are 6 and 8) is very similar to how I was feeling when pregnant - which worries me sometimes. 
I've always thought my condition was the result of having rubella as a child and therefore not necessarily herediatary, however, there does seem to be various immune issues that run in my family.
I won't write a long post since my condition is different, but if you want more info on my pregnancies and birth issues, just let me know.

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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have either of those you mentioned but I have RA and I'm considering having a child in the near future and will have to go off all medications to do so (MTX, Plaquenil, and Enbrel) I have great concerns about dealing with my pain level without my meds, while trying to become pregnant  since I can't seem to go without them even for a few days as it is.  However, I have heard many times that during pregnancy the inflammation seems to go into remission but may return within a few days to weeks after childbirth, it just depends.
I also worry about caring for a newborn if the RA children are much older at 11, 14 and almost 16..I have not been able to find much information on this topic either...

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   Posted 5/26/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, you never know with RA. I was not in complete remission with my 1st - but I did okay. With my 2nd, I didn't have joint issues, but I had health issues. My immune system practically shut down. I was sick as a dog from 11 weeks until 33 weeks. Bronchitis, Pneumonia, bladder and yeast infections - pregnant and with a 1 year old - it was not fun.
When I had my 2nd, my RA came back and hit me like a semi 10 hours after I had the c-section. With my 1st, I was fine for quite some time.
After you have the baby, you can go back on your meds right away. If your big on nursing, you can try to hold off as long as possible, but if the toss up is nursing and not being able to care for the child vs. bottle feeding and feeling well enough to enjoy the baby - then I'd vote for the bottle feeding.
It's a tough and scary decision. Good luck.


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