Rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy

I just found out that I am pregnant & I am pretty terrified due to this RA... I currently don't have health insurance or a rheumatologist.... Who has gone through pregnancy with this disease & how was it? I need positive vibes right now and any advice that you have to give! Thanks guys!

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Kay Mitchell
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I've seen some post they went into remission during pregnancy but I
Don't have direct experience with that

Michelle Womack
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Typically people go into remission with RA. Reason is your immune system is basically shut down when pregnant. Since our immune is overactive attacking ourselves it’s basically stops attacking ourselves.

Sarah Hobson
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Congratulations and sending you positive vibes! I have heard quite a bit that remission during pregnancy is common.

Kristen Boudreaux
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I did go into remission but that happened pretty early on and I'm still in remission 18 months post partum. I think I've read only 40% of people achieve remission through pregnancy. Either way congrats! You can try signing up for Medicaid. In the meantime you can try various diet changes and supplements (once you have your baby)

Cristina Bullock
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Congrats!! I felt great during pregnancy and nursing, it wasn’t until I weaned off nursing I started having flares again

Jennifer Burrell
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Praying for you honey! Congratulations!

Cindy Butcher
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Mine was always sooo much better during pregnancy!

Lynn Suggs
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Don't stress to much! The good thing is... A high amount of women go into remission from RA.. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Marie Hester
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Congratulations!! I'm 34 weeks and I went into remission the beginning of the second trimester

Macy Benton
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Congratulations!!! My baby is 4 month old and I was in remission from the day I found out until she turned 2 months. Don't stress and enjoy it!

Betina Link
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You are supposed to be covered under Medicaid once they get positive pregnancy test... Also qualify forW. I.C

Jose Maxwell
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I was absolutely fine during both pregnancies. I was told I'd need a wheelchair but I was on no meds and fit as s fiddle! Now after 2.5 years it's come back!

Jessica Jack
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My first pregnancy actually brought out my RA. My second pregnancy was less painful, I wouldn't say I was in remission but it was no where near as awful as I expected. Apply for Medicaid now that you are pregnant and get yourself referred to a rheumatologist. My OB referred me to mine and also to pain management. I didn't have insurance previously and it was a nightmare. I had a flare from hell afterwards but that is normal after the natural steroids your body produces while pregnant leave. I wouldn't worry! You will be just fine, just make sure you have people willing to help you if you need it. You got this girl, best wishes and congrats!

Katie Landis
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I went into remission while I was pregnant.

Angel Parrish
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I also went into remission when I was pregnant.

Maggie Jewell
M

My rheumatologist told me RA goes into remission during pregnancy.

Stephanie Eastman
S

LIES lol

Emille Barry 3 years

Congratulations.. Take one day at a time... Eat clean and healthy for you and the baby.. Stay strong and happy and lots of good luck and a hug

Patricia Morales
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First of all Congratulations and secondly I went into remission with both my pregnancies and loved every minute of being pain free. Enjoy x

Vanessa Gallagher
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Congratulations!! I also went into full remission with both pregnancies, and my RA didn’t come back until after I finished nursing, both times. I didn’t flare, just had subtle changes that increased as time went on.

Stephanie Arellano
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Congratulations! My symptoms started after my first pregnancy, and I went into remission with my 2nd. However, at about 11 months post-partum I started into a horrible several months long flare up. There is a decent amount of research on this topic though. Go to google scholar and search for pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis to get your own unbiased info.

Good luck with your pregnancy and make sure you get the resources you need to get heakthy insurance and any other assistance you need!

Michala Parham
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I went into remission during all my pregnancies and felt great. Be positive and congrats

Katie Rucker
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I went into remission from about the 3rd month of pregnancy but it will return from around 6 weeks to 3 months after.

Susan Rudolph
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I went into remission, only returned a few weeks after I finished breast feeding. Good luck

Linda Quinn
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Same with the breastfeeding. Thats why I'm scared to stop

Paulina Larkin 3 years

You’ll be great!! Congratulations and best to you! Maybe you will feel better?!

Kira Krause
K

I never felt better than when I was pregnant. It was after that it wasn’t so great. My baby is 14 mos and I’m flaring up.

Melissa Hood
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Congrats!!I have had three kids after ra and i have been in remission with all 3. My daughter is 13 months and currently still in remission. It came back when she was about 3 months luckiky it was only for one month. I also breastfeed.

Paulina Larkin
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Have 2 boys born early '70's. Had severe, crippling RA prior to both. During both pregnancies was off all meds and felt wonderful! Shortly after, maybe 1 month, RA returned. Learned since then that during pregnancy, placenta produces high levels of progesterone. After delivery, the high level of progesterone is gone. Ovaries produce only small level within monthly cycles. Pls Google bio identical progesterone cream, xenoestrogens and Dr John Lee. I've been using the cream since 2003. Need a holistic doc or compounding pharmacy and get a Saliva test.

Molly Ramey
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Has the cream worked for you? Are you in remission?

Cristina Bullock 3 years

Yes, the cream works for me in several ares. I no longer have migraines. I sleep more soundly, and the few times i have a flare, it's just a few days and its more like tendonitis. I no longer get the hot, red, swollen joints. I'm still on meds, but seldom have a flare and when I do it's a painful elbow or shoulder. I double up on the Omega 3 and use a bit of the cream on the affected area. But I've had hysterectomy. Someone still cycling needs to adhere to specific dose and schedule. The cream balances hormones and side benefit is the anti inflammatory effects.

Molly Ramey 3 years

A good start on my "remission" actually started in the late 80's after the hysterectomy. I have major joint damage on my hands and wrists unfortunately

Molly Ramey 3 years

Molly Ramey I'm in remission do to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Have been for over two years. I'm hoping to breast feed right into another pregnancy (then wean) to try to and keep this remission going for years hopefully. Maybe they will somehow come out with a cure by then. Or a less risky treatment.

Cristina Bullock 3 years

When you have the time, Google the cream, xenoestrogens and Dr John Lee. And talk to a holistic doc or compounding pharmacy

Molly Ramey 3 years

My understanding is that you will go into remission while pregnant. That is enough to make one consider ongoing pregnancies.

Susan Marshall
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Exactly what my obgyn told me 44 years ago! The thought was tempting cause I felt wonderful during pregnancies and severe pain in knees otherwise.

Molly Ramey 3 years

Thank you all so much for your advice, prayers and kindness! I was freaked out at first, but you all made me feel so much better! You are all so awesome! I love this group!

Kay Mitchell
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