Deciding to start a family is an exciting time in your life. However, for women diagnosed with arthritis, the possibility of having children can be loaded with insecurity and uncertainty. Frequently, at the point of diagnosis, conception can feel like a faraway priority: the immediate profound impact of the disease looms larger in the mind of both the woman and her doctor.

Pregnancy and arthritis bookletHowever, while having arthritis may present extra challenges in having a family, these are usually overcome. Your arthritis may affect your pregnancy and conversely, your pregnancy may affect your arthritis.

One of the key messages is to start having conversations about your family plans with your healthcare team as early as possible. This is central to ensuring that you have a safe conception, pregnancy and delivery. As every pregnancy is different, a plan of care will be developed in partnership with your rheumatology and obstetric teams which will be specific for you.

Download the Pregnancy and Arthritis booklet

We have developed a suite of videos to provide you with a variety of expert perspectives - including a mother, rheumatology, obstetrics, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy - on pregnancy and arthritis, which you can view below.

Pregnancy, parenting and arthritis - a personal story:
Anna Nolan Pang


Pregnancy and arthritis - obstetrics perspective:
Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist


Pregnancy and arthritis - rheumatology perspective:
Prof Douglas Veale, consultant rheumatologist


Pregnancy and arthritis - nursing perspective:
Louise Moore, advanced nurse practitioner in rheumatology


Exercise in pregnancy with arthritis:
Mary Grant, senior physiotherapist


Managing stress, anxiety and fatigue in pregnancy with arthritis:
Emer Sheridan, senior occupational therapist


Read our new booklet on this important topic, which you can download here or read  below. It covers all aspects of planning a pregnancy, arthritis during pregnancy, and after the birth. It also explores issues such as fertility, dads with arthritis, the arthritis gene, lupus and pregnancy, medication, exercise, nutrition, stress management, caring for a new-born, and breastfeeding.

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