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Autoimmune rheumatic disorders and vasculitis in pregnancy 

Autoimmune rheumatic disorders and vasculitis in pregnancy
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Autoimmune rheumatic disorders and vasculitis in pregnancy
Author(s):

May Ching Soh

, and Catherine Nelson-Piercy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0276
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date: 07 March 2021

Autoimmune diseases affect 5–7% of people, are more common in women of childbearing age, and are frequently encountered in pregnancy. They may remit or improve during pregnancy, but can flare or present in pregnancy. Many women with autoimmune rheumatic diseases have been advised against pregnancy in the past, but this is no longer appropriate with a new generation of pregnancy-friendly disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biological agents that afford excellent disease control without compromising fertility. Nevertheless, many women with autoimmune rheumatic diseases are older and have more comorbidities (i.e. hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and so on) when they do attempt pregnancy. This chapter looks at the importance of planned pregnancies with good preconception advice from clinicians knowledgeable in both the disease process and its effects on pregnancy (and lactation), and vice versa.

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