Pregnancy and Autoimmunity

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Autoimmunity and Pregnancy
Autoimmunity and Menopause
Antidepressants/Fetal P.H.
PostPartum Psychosis
Medications and Pregnancy
Scleroderma and Pregnancy
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Smoking and Pregnancy
Personal Stories
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Autoimmunity and Pregnancy

A variety of autoimmune diseases can pose a potential complication to fertility, pregnancy, and early menopause. (Also see Pregnancy and Scleroderma, Autoimmunity and Pregnancy, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)

While Pregnant, Women Should Get Health Care 8 Times, W.H.O. Says. Women should see a doctor, nurse or trained midwife at least eight times during each pregnancy, with five of those visits in the last trimester, the World Health Organization said. New York Times, 11/07/2016.

Autoimmunity and Early Menopause

Early menopause tied to heart risk and early death. Women who enter menopause before age 45 are more likely to have cardiovascular problems and to die younger than women who enter menopause later in life, according to a new analysis. Reuters Health, 09/16/2016.

Causes and Risk Factors of Early Menopause: Autoimmune Disorder. This is a common cause of premature ovarian failure. In fact, some recent studies have shown that up to two-thirds of the women with premature ovarian failure have it due to an autoimmune disorder.


Autoimmunity & Infertility. Because abnormal immune function can affect fertility as well as miscarriage risk, affected women need two layers of treatment: a first layer to conceive, and a second to prevent pregnancy loss after conception. Center for Human Reproduction.

Autoimmunity and PostPartum Psychosis

Some Cases of Postpartum Psychosis May Be Autoimmune Encephalitis. Postpartum psychosis occurs most frequently in first-time mothers, typically within the first two weeks after delivery. Symptoms are typically severe and represent an affective episode: mania, depression, or a mixed state. MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

Personal Stories: Pregnancy and Scleroderma

Personal Stories about Pregnancy and Scleroderma. These are our personal patient and caregiver stories about pregnancy and systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). ISN.

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