Pregnancy with RA / Arthritis and JIA, pediatric joints 2/5 (1)

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA, arthritis) og Juvenile Arthritis (JIA)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) most often attacks women (about 60%) and is common in younger people who want to get pregnant. Also Juvenile Arthritis (JIA) most often affects women and the disease is still active in adulthood in some.

  • The ability to conceive is usually not affected by the diseases, but pregnancy should be performed when the diseases are in a quiet phase. The need for medication is then the least
  • Not all medicines can be used right before or during pregnancy (see separate page via link below)
  • Often, the joint diseases are calm during pregnancy (60-75% experience improvement). Nevertheless, 20-30% of pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis will have increased symptoms even during pregnancy and need for medical treatment
  • Most can give birth in the usual, vaginal way. Exception if one has severely affected hip joints or hip prostheses
  • After birth (weeks-months), the diseases become more active (flare-up) in between 20 and 45%. This is especially true of those who had active joint disease at the start of pregnancy
    • An appointment with a rheumatologist should be scheduled
  • Arthritis is unlikely to start more commonly after birth (reference: Wallenius M, 2010). (But known RA flares up more often)
  • The heredity of RA and JIA is so small that special follow-up of children is not recommended


Separate page about pregnancy in rheumatic disease here (in Danish)

Separate page about rheumatoid arthritis (Arthritis) here (in Danish)

Separate page about rheumatic diseases in children here (in Danish)

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