My lupus was fairly stable for about a year and a half before I got pregnant, so I am able to see a specialty OB, (one level above a normal OB) but do not have to go to the maternal fetal medicine doctor (the highest specialty level) on a regular basis. In the University of Minnesota system, all lupus patients who are pregnant see the maternal fetal medicine doctor at least once during their pregnancy. I had my appointment at 19 weeks. This is the appointment I was probably most nervous about. It’s where they talk to you about all the risks and what could happen, what might happen, what they do if something does come up. They then develop a plan and work closely with the OB throughout the rest of the pregnancy. Here’s a summary of what they told me.
It is recommended to have your lupus under control for at least year before trying to conceive. They stressed ...Continue Reading →