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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that is characterized by swelling in joints as a result of the immune system attacking the tissue of those joints. The following symptoms are common in RA:

  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of the hands, feet, or ankles
  • Joint pain, especially in the low back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness or pain in your hands. This is related to carpal tunnel syndrome of pregnancy

 

Notice that these symptoms also occur frequently during pregnancy. This is something that can make it difficult to distinguish between flare-up of RA and simply a response to pregnancy.


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