14Get A Risk Assessment
Every case of lupus is different and this stands true for women who are pregnant. While the disease doesn’t seem to increase the risk of miscarriages in the first trimester, there is a higher risk of miscarriage later on in pregnancy. Stillbirth can also be a risk. These problems cro
up due to anti-phospholipid and anti-cardiolipin antibodies. Research indicates that about 33 percent of women who suffer from lupus have these antibodies. The issue is that the antibodies can lead to blood clots. Now if a woman has lupus and is considering pregnancy, she can ask her doctor about these antibodies. The doctor just might suggest a blood test that can check for the presence of such antibodies.
Blood clots are a scary thought since they can impact a baby’s food and oxygen supply. Clots can also slow down a baby’s growth rate. If someone has an increased risk of blood clots it doesn’t necessarily mean they should avoid getting pregnant. Doctors often prescribe a blood thinner, such as a low-dose aspirin or heparin to treat high-risk patients.
There are tests for other antibodies that could pose a direct threat to the baby. For instance, some antibodies have been associated with an increased risk of babies having a congenital heart block.