Expert gives tips on timing, managing lupus pregnancies



– Not that many years ago, women with systemic lupus erythematosus were told not to get pregnant. It was just one more lupus heartbreak.

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Times have changed, according to Lisa Sammaritano, MD, a lupus specialist and associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

While lupus certainly complicates pregnancy, it by no means rules it out these days. With careful management, the dream of motherhood can become a reality for many women. Dr. Sammaritano shared her insights about timing and treatment at an international congress on systemic lupus erythematosus.

It’s important that the disease is under control as much as possible; that means that timing – and contraception – are key. Antiphospholipid antibodies, common in lupus, complicate matters, but there are workarounds, she said.

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