How does lupus affect pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Complications may arise during the pregnancy and these include a higher incidence of miscarriage and premature birth, possibility of preeclampsia and risk of flares. The existence of lupus classifies a pregnancy as high risk, so close monitoring by a doctor is required. This does not mean that the pregnancy will not be normal, but that resolvable problems may occur and that the doctor and the patient need to be vigilant and proactive with their care and treatment. Women with lupus can safely get pregnant, and in fact, most pregnant women with lupus carry their babies to term.

Neonatal lupus is another concern for soon-to-be parents. Neonatal lupus refers to the transference of lupus from mother to child during pregnancy. This is a very rare condition. For neonatal lupus, the mother does not usually show any signs of lupus but can still pass the antibodies to the child. As a result, the child will have a rash for the first few months after birth before it goes away. In severe cases, the child can develop congenital heart block.

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