Beth Gottlieb MD Ped Rheumatology talks about lupus and pregnancy.
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Interviewer: A mother who has lupus has a baby, is there a risk for the baby? Interviewee: There is unfortunately, all women who become pregnant are considered high risk pregnancies and it is very important that they have excellent prenatal care because their obstetrician will watch very carefully the baby’s heart rate because unfortunately the antibodies, those things that the immune system makes that cause problems in mom can go through to the placenta and affect the baby and then we are concerned that we watch very carefully the baby’s heart rate, and how the baby is developing during the pregnancy. A lot of things can be short term in the baby so the baby might have rashes, may have some blood cell abnormalities. Those are transient that means that means that they go away when those antibodies run out. But it does affect the heart while the heart is developing, then that is a very important one that is treatable, but it is very important to follow closely.