Rheumatology clinic

Rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy

Rheumatology clinic

Rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy

Andrea Bendrups

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Abstract

Many medications for rheumatoid arthritis are not safe in pregnancy, so careful management is required for women of child-bearing age.

Article Extract

Several important issues need to be addressed when treating women of child-bearing age who have rheumatoid arthritis. If the patient does not wish to become pregnant and is taking medications that are not safe in pregnancy, reliable contraception must be ensured. On the other hand, if the patient wishes to become pregnant, the choice of medications leading up to and during pregnancy should be considered carefully.