If You Have Lupus, Consult Doctor Before Pregnancy (Video)

Doctors need to coordinate care, monitor medications

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If you have lupus and are thinking about having a baby, be sure to talk with your physician before you get pregnant.

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Talking with your doctor can help coordinate your care among your lupus specialist, or rheumatologist, and your obstetrician. The OB ideally should be someone with a background in high-risk pregnancies.

In this video, rheumatologist Howard R. Smith, MD, discusses how important it is for women with lupus to arrange coordination of care with their doctors and to have them monitor their medications during pregnancy.

Among other issues that need to be addressed, pregnant women with lupus need to take certain medications and avoid others, such as anti-inflammatory or non-steroidal drugs — at least during certain periods, Dr. Smith says.

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Howard Smith, MD

Howard Smith, MD, is a Staff Rheumatologist and Director of the Lupus Clinic at Cleveland Clinic.
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