How does pregnancy affect Rheumatoid Arthritis

How does pregnancy affect Rheumatoid Arthritis?

• Two-thirds of patients with RA have improvement in RA symptoms during pregnancy, but <20% achieve drug-free remission.

• Symptom improvement is highest during the third trimester.

• Two-thirds of RA patients have a flare of RA symptoms in the first 6 months postpartum.

• Erythrocyte sedimentation rate increases during pregnancy and should not be used in the measurements of disease activity.


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