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    Does Rheumatoid arthritis affect pregnancy?

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    Philip Robinson MBChB PhD FRACP is a rheumatologist currently working at Brisbane Rheumatology at St Andrew's War memorial Hospital in Spring Hill. He also works … View Profile

    It’s fine for RA patients to get pregnant and have children, but sometimes adjustments to their medications are required. It’s important to talk to your rheumatologist prior to starting to conceive or, if not possible, as soon as you know you are pregnant because some medications can influence the unborn child as well.

    If RA is very active in pregnancy it can be associated with lower birth weights and the chance of preterm birth is a little higher.

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