Labor Questions and Autoimmune Issues

in by Momtobee

Hello – I was starting to see the light of finally receiving a confirmed diagnosis with my autoimmune issues when I found out that my husband and I are expecting. It is our first and a total surprise and unexpected blessing. It has been a great ride so far and with the pregnancy my symptoms have been very dormant -we have an OBGYN and a Baby Specialist /High Risk Anatental office monitoring the baby and my bi-weekly.

However, I have remained challenged with the issue of making a birth plan when no one will tell me the reality of what can or may happen with me and my condition of lupus, myathenia gravis, and sjogens.

Really looking to learn about anyones insight or stories. I have been told to ask someone else everytime I ask a question and would love to learn from women who have been there and experienced it themselves. I am open to natural birth to avoid pain blocks that could be triggers for myathenia gravis- but want to make sure I am strong enough to get through the labor. Additionally have looked into placenta encapsulation – to assist with the hormone benefits but would want more information it as well.

About Momtobee

Conditions: Lupus (Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE), Myasthenia gravis, Sjögren's syndrome

Doctors seen: MD – primary care, MD – specialist

Treatment: Vitamins, herbs, and/or supplements, None Yet

Children: 1

Age: 25-34


1 Answer


First of all CONGRATS! I recently went down the same path. Sounds like youre getting great medical care. My docs main concern was pre-eclampsia so I was induced one week early. I too had every well meaning intention of going natural as well however quickly realized it wasn't for me. Birth is painful. Pain is a system wide trigger. I've been living with SLE and Sjogrens for the past few years and know that pain causes my system to flare in a bad way. Being the healthiest I could be to support my little one and relaxed enough for my milk to come in was more important for me. It's a personal choice everyone has to make. Birth plans are great, just be willing to be realistic with yourself and open to change when the time comes. It's a beautiful moment and enjoy every minute of it. Don't feel guilty if you change your mind. Stressed mama=stressed baby. Get everything ready beforehand. Having a newborn is challenging, I can't lie. I massively flared up 2-3 months postpartum. My Dr's warned me about it countless times. If you have a great support system have people bring you meals (check out, say yes when people offer to help clean or hold your baby so you can rest/shower. This little baby is going to light up your life! Congrats to you and your hubby!

About Me:


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

Doctors seen:

MD – primary care, MD – specialist


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




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Answered on October 13, 2015

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