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How should you care for yourself during pregnancy if you have lupus?

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In addition to seeing your doctor regularly and following your treatment plan, there are many things you can do to care for yourself and your baby if you have lupus:

  • Get plenty of rest. Plan for a good night's sleep and take breaks throughout the day.
  • Eat healthy. Avoid extra weight gain. Have your doctor refer you to a dietitian if needed.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • If you have any unusual symptoms, speak to your doctor right away.

From: Pregnancy and Lupus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Patient Information Sheet #11, Pregnancy and Lupus."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Lupus and Pregnancy: Top Ten Points to Optimize the Outcome."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and Lupus."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Patient Information Sheet #11, Pregnancy and Lupus."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Lupus and Pregnancy: Top Ten Points to Optimize the Outcome."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and Lupus."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 6, 2019

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