How to Handle RA and Pregnancy

Pregnant and managing RA? Here’s what to expect and how to stay comfortable and in control.

Winnie Yu
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Nutrition and rest matter. Good nutrition plays an important role in every woman’s pregnancy. Maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates (legumes and whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta) and healthy unsaturated fats. Include foods like yogurt, skim milk and low-fat cheese, which contain the calcium and vitamin D necessary for strong bones (you’re at greater risk for osteoporosis when you have RA). Also get plenty of sleep, which can help minimize pain and fatigue in both pregnancy and RA.

Your docs should be in the loop.
Keep your rheumatologist and your ob-gyn up to date on changes in your health (including news about your pregnancy) and any adjustments to your medications. Never start or stop a medication without talking with both doctors.

April 2013