RA and pregnancy

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/1/2006 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone! I am new to this and I am full of concerns.  I am 28 years old, and I was diagnosed with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis at 25.  I have been on Enbrel and Methotrexate since the beginning.  I have been doing ok but I am still not on remission. Everyone I have met with RA was diagnosed later in life, after they had their kids.  My husband and I are thinking of starting our family, but I am extremely scared of how it will affect my condition during pregnancy as well as after pregnancy.  I have read that after pregnancy you tend to go into a big flare up.  I was wondering if anyone could please help me get some insight into RA in regards to pregnancy and child care. Thank you all very much!!!

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 4/1/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, and welcome to healing well.  I'm sorry that you have to deal with RA, but I'm glad that you found us.  I think you will find this a fairly supportive group.  My first and only pregnancy is actually what triggered my autoimmune problems, so I haven't actually been pregnant with RA.  Everything I've read about it, though, states that pregnancy will drive your RA into remission.  However, you are right in that delivery can often precipitate a major flare.  The good news about that, though, is that you and your doctor will know that a flare is coming and you can be prepared.  Also, I have met many people who have taken certain drugs during pregnancy.  Remicade and Enbrel for starters.  In fact, my GYN doctor told me Enbrel was a Class B drug--entirely safe for pregnancy.  She also reminded me how few drugs actually get a Class B rating.  You could always go on Enbrel, if you're not already, in anticipation of a future pregnancy.  This might be a strategy to avoid a postpartum flare, if you can.


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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 4/2/2006 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Just as every pregnancy is different, so is how your body reacts. I had not problems with my 1st. RA was bothersome but no more so than usual...the post pregnancy was same old same old. 2nd pregnancy went in to remission during the 9 months, the flare hit the same day I had baby and lasted a few years.

You just never know......good luck.





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