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itself doesn't seem to harm the developing baby, even if RA is active during pregnancy
, but the many drugs for rheumatoid arthritis -- including methotrexate
-- can cause birth defects. Therefore, it's important to talk to your doctor about altering treatment several months before you try to get pregnant.
Women with RA take longer to conceive than women without rheumatoid arthritis.
As soon as you're considering starting a family, meet your rheumatologist
. Some drugs need a months-long removal period before trying to conceive.
Work With Your Doctor on Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment During Pregnancy.
certain studies have shown that pregnancy usually has a positive effect on rheumatoid arthritis. About 70% to 80% of women experience improvement in their RA symptoms during pregnancy.
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