Lupus is Not Detrimental to All Pregnancies

Most women with lupus can have successful pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies, a new study by investigators at the Hospital for Special Surgery found.

It was previously believed that women with lupus erythematosus should not become pregnant because of possible risks to their own health and that of their fetus, but Dr. Jane Salmon, the study's senior author, says that was a misconception based on outdated experience.

"Now that our treatments are more effective and we have a better understanding of the disease, we can identify a window when pregnancy is safe and outcomes are good for mother and fetus," Salmon said.

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