Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), shorthand 'lupus', can affect multiple parts of the body such as the nervous system, digestion, heart, lungs and skin. It can be difficult to diagnose and is a chronic condition. In this section, we will cover information about pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood while managing lupus.

When Do Autoimmune Symptoms Add Up to Lupus?


How does lupus get started? Your immune system’s sole function is to recognize agents that are not you, e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi, cancer cells, and eliminate them from your body.  When its actions are misdirected, your immune system may target your own tissues as if they were foreign invaders, resulting in an autoimmune disease.  Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus —