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How should you manage childbirth if you have lupus?

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Your doctor will decide the method of delivery -- cesarean section or vaginal. Many women with lupus can have vaginal deliveries. But if the mother or baby is under stress, a cesarean section may be the safest and fastest way to deliver. If you have taken steroids during pregnancy, your doctor will increase your dose during labor to help your body cope with the added stress.

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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