In 2017 the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) introduced EULAR recommendations for women’s health and the management of family planning, assisted reproduction, pregnancy and menopause in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome. These 12 recommendations move away from undue caution against pregnancy for women with lupus. On the contrary, health professionals are encouraged to open this topic with their patients provided that the individual risks for each one of them are discussed. The recommendations were developed by a multidisciplinary team of medical specialties, other healthcare providers and patient representatives. They are based on scientific evidence or expert opinions of the members of task force themselves. For the next 12 days, I will tell you more about each recommendation. Please share these posts so that women with lupus and/or APS know about them.
“Women should receive counselling and advice before they decide to have a baby
Very severe or flaring lupus, or having APS can have very serious consequences for a pregnant woman and her baby. This should be discussed before a woman decides to have a baby. Each woman’s risks, such as her type of lupus and her individual treatment regime, should be assessed to help develop the best strategy for a safe pregnancy.”