Planning for a baby
If you're thinking of having a baby, it’s advisable to discuss it with your healthcare team beforehand. They will help you decide whether you need to change your medications and will advise on any concerns you may have. Read more
What supplements should I take during pregnancy?
Unless you have a specific deficiency, you'll probably only need to take folic acid supplements. If you're on steroid treatments, you may be advised to take calcium and vitamin D tablets. Read more
What are the chances of my child having arthritis?
The risk of passing most types of arthritis on to your children is small, so this shouldn’t normally affect your decision to have children. Read more
During the pregnancy
Most types of arthritis don’t harm the baby or increase the risk of problems during the pregnancy or delivery. If you have lupus, your healthcare team will probably want to monitor your pregnancy more closely than usual. Read more
How do blood tests help doctors to manage my pregnancy?
Blood and urine tests can help determine whether fatigue and joint pain are caused by your pregnancy or your arthritis, and may help decide if you need special treatment. Read more
Lupus (SLE) and pregnancy
Some women with lupus may have a higher risk of complications during pregnancy, though most will still be able to have a successful pregnancy. You’ll be more closely monitored if your doctors feel it's advisable. Read more
After the birth
Arranging extra help from family and friends once the baby is born may be helpful. If you're thinking of breastfeeding, it's best to discuss your medications with your doctor. Read more
Drugs, pregnancy and breastfeeding
While it's important to consider how medications might affect your baby, it's also important to keep your condition under control, and a number of drugs are now considered safe to use for at least part of your pregnancy. Read more
Research and new developments in pregnancy and arthritis
More research evidence is gradually becoming available about the use of arthritis medications during pregnancy, and this has allowed more detailed treatment guidelines to be issued. Read more