Management of pregnancy in women with rheumatoid arthritis

Gene-Siew Ngian, Andrew M. Briggs, Ilana N. Ackerman, Sharon Van Doornum

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Abstract

•Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity may improve during pregnancy but postpartum flares are common. • Patients taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs should be counselled about effective contraception. • Knowledge about drug safety in pregnancy is limited but the Therapeutic Goods Administration categories and online resources are a guide to the data currently available. • Begin prepregnancy counselling as early as possible to allow for cessation of teratogenic medications and optimisation of RA disease control. • For unplanned pregnancies, cease teratogenic medications immediately and refer to a genetic counsellor and maternal-fetal medicine specialist for risk assessment and advice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-63
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume204
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

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