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Anyone with multiple kids? I want more but am scared of a flare

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Thanks for taking the time to read this. I have a 15 month old, I’m in my mid 30s and recently found out I am premenopausal (thanks to my immune system attacking my ovaries). I always wanted at least 2 kids. I flared up bad and developed RA after my baby was born. A year later I’m in remission. I’m scared as hell that having another baby will progress my illness or throw me into another flare. I’m open to adoption but am afraid that my health issues wouldn’t make us ideal adoptive parents. I feel that getting prego again is our only option. Anyone with multiple pregnancy experience/advice?


About A.M.mom

Conditions: Gluten sensitivity, Lupus (Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome

Doctors seen: MD – primary care, MD – specialist

Treatment: Prescription medication/shots, Vitamins, herbs, and/or supplements, Diet, Gluten free

Children: 1

Age: Prefer Not to Answer

A.M.mom
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I have many patients in my clinic that have had multiple children while having autoimmune diseases. Most women have a complete remission of symptoms during the pregnancy (even with healthy babies), but can have significant flares postpartum. Postpartum flares though can be reduced and/or avoided assuming that you have a good healthcare team and are taking the appropriate steps to reduce the autoimmune response after the baby is born.

Postpartum flares may progress an illness, but not always. Some important things to think about when considering to have a baby when you have an autoimmune disease:
1. Try to identify other things in your life that might be triggering flares and work on reducing them. This will bring your overall inflammatory load down and can reduce the severity of postpartum flares.
2. Work on improving your diet – anti-inflammatory diets with whole foods and lots of colorful fruits and vegetables can help bring down the inflammatory load, not to mention provide you with a number of antioxidants that will be helpful for you and your baby.
3. Implement anti-inflammatory herbs and supplements postpartum. This will help reduce the flare that the immune system has after the baby comes.
4. Have a good healthcare team on board. If you have a good team that can manage your inflammatory markers as well as your symptoms, you can ease into your postpartum state much easier.

Regardless, there are countless stories of women that have had serious autoimmune conditions that have been able to manage their postpartum flares with the proper instructions, and there have been a number of healthy babies born to these women!

Jenny Bennett, ND LAc
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Answered on May 14, 2016

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Ms Bennett gives a lot of good clinical advice with which I absolutely believe
EVERYONE should follow, autoimmune patient or not. I'm a 65 y.o. mother of 2, grandmother of 1. One big downside tohaving more children is you run a VERY good chance of passing on the autoimmune issue to each child....there is a wide range of debility possible so feed them right, as long as you can control their diet. Then there is the other side where , as an only child I can attest to the truth of the loneliness after parents and grandparents for the lone child...and the helplessness if she/he DOES develop a problem with their health.In the end, I would go for a second child if I were in your position. While I didn't get my Lupus until 4 years after the birth of my second child, so I had no forewarning of the possibilities, it turned out that my younger child developed systemic RA, along with other autoimmune problems I didn't know existed. She didn't have any problems until her 20s, but she has always been the joy of my life, sustaining me though difficulties with her sister as well as with my own flares until she was also affected. Best of luck to you and your family.

GammyJeanne
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About Me:

Conditions:

Chronic Fatigue, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Inflammatory myopathies, Lupus (Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome

Doctors seen:

MD – primary care, MD – specialist, Acupuncturist, Herbalist

Treatment:

Prescription medication/shots, Vitamins, herbs, and/or supplements, Acupuncture, massage, and/or other homeopathic, Diet, Gluten free, Other

Children:

2

Age:

55-64
Answered on May 23, 2016

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Ms Bennett gives a lot of good clinical advice with which I absolutely believe
EVERYONE should follow, autoimmune patient or not. I'm a 65 y.o. mother of 2, grandmother of 1. One big downside tohaving more children is you run a VERY good chance of passing on the autoimmune issue to each child....there is a wide range of debility possible so feed them right, as long as you can control their diet. Then there is the other side where , as an only child I can attest to the truth of the loneliness after parents and grandparents for the lone child...and the helplessness if she/he DOES develop a problem with their health.In the end, I would go for a second child if I were in your position. While I didn't get my Lupus until 4 years after the birth of my second child, so I had no forewarning of the possibilities, it turned out that my younger child developed systemic RA, along with other autoimmune problems I didn't know existed. She didn't have any problems until her 20s, but she has always been the joy of my life, sustaining me though difficulties with her sister as well as with my own flares until she was also affected. Best of luck to you and your family.

GammyJeanne
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About Me:

Conditions:

Chronic Fatigue, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Inflammatory myopathies, Lupus (Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome

Doctors seen:

MD – primary care, MD – specialist, Acupuncturist, Herbalist

Treatment:

Prescription medication/shots, Vitamins, herbs, and/or supplements, Acupuncture, massage, and/or other homeopathic, Diet, Gluten free, Other

Children:

2

Age:

55-64
Answered on May 23, 2016

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