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Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Birth Rates

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, February 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Birth RatesFeb. 16, 2012 -- More than half of women diagnosed with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis prior to completing their families end up having fewer children than they had planned for, new research suggests.

The study is among the first to examine in-fertility, pregnancy loss, and family planning choices in women with the autoimmune diseases.

Women with lupus, for example, can reduce their risk of having a miscarriage or a baby born prematurely by avoiding conception until their disease has been inactive for at least six months, Aranow tells WebMD.

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Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: Overcoming Infertility and Managing Your High-Risk PregnancyGetting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: Overcoming In-fertility and Managing Your High-Risk Pregnancy
-- In-fertility affects more than 15 percent of couples trying to have children. This new edition covers fertility treatments including drugs and surgical options, and explains how the latest tests can help a woman determine whether her pregnancy is high-risk. Here is the most current medical information available on causes, symptoms, and treatments for in-fertility and high-risk pregnancy.
Includes the latest information on fertility tests, treatments ranging from improved in-vitro fertilization to updated drug combinations and dosages, genetic testing, screening for hereditary abnormalities, using the Internet, and more.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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