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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy



by Barbara D. Allan
Author of Conquering Arthritis


It has long been known that women with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) often experience a remission while pregnant. Pregnancy improves the symptoms of RA in about 75% of pregnant women, but 90% of these women experience a relapse within six months postpartum.

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In contrast, about 50% of pregnant women with lupus experience a flare of the disease during pregnancy, although this not associated with permanent aggravation of the disease.

Several studies published in the last few months are shedding some light on why this is so.

Within the human body, there are two types of cells, called T-helper-cells, that are important in inflammation. They are called Th1 and Th2. Th1 cells are one of the main factors in RA. Th2 cells are one of the main factors associated with lupus.

During pregnancy there is a progressive increase in estrogens, which reach a peak level in the third trimester of pregnancy. At these high levels, estrogens suppress Th1 mediated responses and stimulate Th2 mediated responses.

That is why RA tends to get better and lupus tends to get worse.

Very interesting work, but so far this is not enough on its own to result in any treatments for RA that might work outside of pregnancy (or for lupus during pregnancy).

Oral contraceptives were tried for RA because they generate a condition of pseudopregnancy. Several controlled studies have found oral contractive pills don't seem to have much effect on either reducing the risk of developing RA or in treating already established RA.

Luckily medical research has resulted in further insights that have resulted in some promising new therapies. I will discuss them in the next article.


→Can a hormone imbalance make your arthritis worse?
→Are you taking pain medication with no relief?







1 Comments On Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy


Today, my beautiful and healthy Linda , s. husky passed away because of this medication's side effects. She was not with arthritis, yet the vet prescribed and used arthritsis medication for pain after minor cure. Never was told about the tremendous side effects. She had fatigue after using the Rimadyl. We go to ER the labs, abnormal, liver, kidneys, cbc, strong anemia, pancreas damage, combs positive,hemolitic anemia,renal failure,liver failure. Why is this medications allowed to be used? Please check Rimadyl side effects.

Date : 23rd Jun 2013   |  By : Anita



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