There was a time when a lupus diagnosis came with a stern warning: “Don’t get pregnant!” For many, it was heartbreaking, but the risk to both mom and baby was too high. We’ve come so far since then!
It’s true that there are some concerns to keep in mind and steps you may need to take before pregnancy if you have lupus — and this goes for both women and men with lupus — but the diagnosis doesn’t automatically rule out pregnancy and childbirth.
Myths vs. Reality
We’ll go over the major concerns and some important things to consider if you are living with lupus and considering pregnancy, but first let’s take a look at common myths about pregnancy and lupus and set the record straight:
Pregnancy Risks with Lupus
If you have lupus and hope to become pregnant it’s important to know that certain complications are more likely, which means your pregnancy will be considered “high risk,” but there are also some things you can do to reduce the risks.
In addition to maintaining lupus control, you can plan ahead and improve the chances of a safe pregnancy and healthy baby.
If you become pregnant, you can take good care of yourself and further reduce the risks by:
- Staying on top of your lupus care.
- Attending all of your prenatal visits.
- Telling your doctor about any new or unusual symptoms so they can be evaluated.
- Getting plenty of rest.
- Eating healthy and avoiding too much weight gain.
- Avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol.
If you are considering pregnancy and have questions or need some guidance, your Health Advisor can help you find the information you need! Just ask — we’re here for you!