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Rheumatoid Disease

Rheumatoid disease is inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, and can affect other organs. It requires lifelong treatment. In this section, we will cover managing symptoms and pursuing treatment for the many rheumatoid diseases with pregnancy, breastfeed and motherhood.

8 Lessons Learned After A Tumultuous Postpartum Experience With Rheumatoid Arthritis

When it came time to try for a baby, my husband and I adopted our usual cautiously optimistic approach. We started trying to conceive the earliest we thought we’d feel ready, with the underlying assumption that it might take longer than average because my body didn’t always function normally. Imagine our surprise when we discovered we were pregnant on the

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World Autoimmune Arthritis Day ’15: Nonprofits Offer Support

It’s World Autoimmune Arthritis Day/Week 2015 (WAAD 2015), coordinated and hosted by the amazing nonprofit International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis. The free, all-online event runs from May 15 at 12 noon Eastern – May 21 at 12 noon Eastern for autoimmune arthritis patients and supporters! Register here anytime during the week to participate. Autoimmune arthritis covers the following conditions: Ankylosing

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Rheumatic Diseases’ Impact On Women

As immediate past president of the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Uknis sat down with AutoimmuneMom’s friends at the Simple Tasks campaign to share her insight and discuss the impact of rheumatic diseases on women.  The Simple Tasks campaign regularly works with rheumatologists to raise awareness of rheumatic diseases and highlight the vital role a rheumatologist plays in the care

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Life With Psoriatic Arthritis: Advice & Thoughts For Autoimmune Moms At Any Stage of the Journey

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2004 – almost 10 years ago now. At the time I was shocked, but didn’t really comprehend the magnitude of what this chronic disease meant with regard to my life, my husband’s life, and that of my children. I had already survived a health scare three years earlier and had surgery to remove

Pregnancy + Ankylosing Spondylitis – Common Questions

I’m pregnant and I have ankylosing spondylitis.  Are there any risks involved for my baby? Fortunately ankylosing spondylitis does not seem to impact fertility or the developing baby.  It does not lead to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor.  As a general rule, women with ankylosing spondylitis can expect to have healthy children of a normal birth weight.