Pregnancy brings difficult dilemmas to the management of the rheumatic diseases. These include predicting the course of the rheumatic disease during and following pregnancy and trying to determine which symptoms are related to inflammation and which are from pregnancy. Medication dilemmas include with deciding which medications to stop and which to continue, figuring out how to manage disease flares, and knowing which medications can be continued during lactation. Helping women make the best choices can make the difference between a healthy family and tragedy. Learn to make these decisions based on the most up to date information available.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- discuss the effects of pregnancy on the activity of rheumatic diseases
- describe the challenging management issues unique to pregnancy
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