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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

Dealing With RA Flares After Your Baby Arrives

Many women go into remission during pregnancy and continue to do well after their baby is born. Other women find that their RA symptoms flare in the months after delivering their baby. Flares are a particular concern for women who are breastfeeding since medicines travel through breast milk to your baby.

If you're breastfeeding, you may not be able to take the same medicines that you took before you were pregnant, such as methotrexate and biologics. You can safely take certain medicines to help calm inflamed joints during a postpartum flare. If pain and inflammation become too much, talk with your doctor about your options.

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Reviewed on October 02, 2012

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