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Many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may wish to have children. If this is you, please discuss this with your rheumatology team.
With careful treatment, most patients with RA can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Well-controlled RA improves the chance of healthy babies.
Remember with careful medical and obstetric management, most patients with RA can have successful pregnancies. If you have any questions please ask your rheumatologist.
More detailed information can be found on the Arthritis Australia or the American College of Rheumatology websites.
Your GP or other members of your care team may find the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) Prescriber's Information on Medications for Rheumatic Diseases in Pregnancy helpful.
Good control of RA before you fall pregnant will give the best chance of falling pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Some very effective RA medications can be safely taken during pregnancy. However, some RA medications should not be taken if planning a pregnancy.
Corticosteroids, e.g. prednisone/prednisolone
Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
DMARDs that should be AVOIDED during pregnancy