If you have lupus – an autoimmune disease known more formally as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – you’re probably wondering whether you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The happy news is that if you take a few extra steps to keep your disease under control, your odds for a successful pregnancy are extremely high.
WHAT IS LUPUS?
Lupus is a chronic disease that occurs when your immune system can’t tell the difference between your body’s own healthy cells and foreign invaders, causing your body to start attacking your own cells. This can result in inflammation, pain, and organ damage. SLE symptoms come and go in periods of flares and remission. Conceiving during a period of remission offers you the best chances for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.