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on meds but ttc... help.

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 9:09 PM
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so my husbanda nd i have been talking about ttc a lil bro or sis for daniel. BUT my rheumatiod arthritis is back, and i am on 1000mg of anti inflammatories and painkillers a day, plus a 100 mg of stomach meds so i don't get an ulcer. and it may just be me but i don't think that it is safe to ttc with me on all of those meds. and i am not sure what to do,  i have tried to call my drs but they aren't that concerned apparently and won't return my calls. do you ladies have any advice?

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by Group Owner on Jan. 21, 2009 at 10:04 PM

My first reaction when I hear that a doctor isn't returning calls is to get another doctor. Even if they are not concerned, they still need to be professional. Which doctors are you calling? Your rheumy or OB? I would call the OB first (and in my case, the OB would say to ask the RA doc and the RA doc would say to call the OB, so I fired them both). You could also call the companies that make your drugs and ask.

by Member on Jan. 22, 2009 at 7:29 AM

Hello, when me and hubby were TTC... I was allowed to stay on my 5mg of prednisone and 200mg of plaquenil... but was told to come off of my Naproxen....

Here I am 7 months pregnant and baby is doing well... all looks perfectly normal to my OBGYN, the Ultrasound Specialist and my Regular doctor.

I do get an occasional flare here and there... so I was allowed to take Tylenol and rubn a bit of icy hot here and there on my hands...

God willing.. I will have my 1st baby-a girl in march.

All the best to you and if you have any questions.. feel free to ask...

By the way, I also am in a study by the OTIS foundation.. you can call them up toll free and they will tell you if the meds you are taking are ok.. and they follow up with you with calls and an exam after the baby is born.. here is their website if you are interested and its totally free

Irene :)

by Member on Jan. 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM

They kept me on Prednisone while I was pregnant and we did great.  My dd is 2 1/2 now.  Also, I didn't have such luck but 75% of women who are pregnant, go into remission with their RA might not need any meds after the first 3 months or so.

by on Jan. 24, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Prior to my 1st son I was on Enbrel injections and Naproxen.  I was allowed to keep on them until I got my BFP, and then I was taken off of both.  I went in to remission almost immediately after getting pregnant and stayed off of everything (except an occassional Tylenol) until after his birth.  I flared about 6 weeks postpartum and was put on Prednisone (couldn't be on anything else as I was breast feeding).

Six months after the birth of my 1st son (while still breast feeding), I got pregnant with my 2nd son.  I stayed on the Prednisone until in to the 2nd trimester, when I finally went in to partial-remission (would still have flare ups occassionally, but not anything I couldn't handle... when I'd flare, I'd take 20mg for a day, then 10, then 5, then 2.5, then stop).  Although because I was on Prednisone I was forced to do Non-Stess Tests and then Biophysical Profiles weekly throughout my 3rd trimester.  I flared about 4 weeks postpartum, and was then just instructed to daily take Prednisone (and Tylenol if needed) as I was again breast feeding.

Six months after the birth of my 2nd son (while still breast feeding), I again got pregnant now with my 3rd son (and yes, <smile> I DO know that breast feeding is not a fool-proof means of contraceptive... although everyone seems to have to point that out to me!).  I'm due in May.  With this one I have had NO relief or remission, and seem to have constant flares in different areas of my body.  I am on daily Prednisone thoughout this pregnancy, and the baby is doing great.  My Rheumatologist doesn't really want to put me on anything else unless my SED rate goes up any higher than it is, as it is currently only slightly elevated.  I hate the sore wrists and my right foot is literally fatter than my left, but it will all be worth it when I deliver a healthy baby in a few more months.  Postpartum I've been told that I can bump my Prednisone up some, although it does still go in to the milk in a small amount, but not as worrisome as in utero.  After breast feeding, I plan on going back on Enbrel.  (Oh, and my hubby will be getting the "snip, snip", if you know what I mean!! LOL)

by Group Admin on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM

I have psoriatic arthritis, so RA might be a little different. But for me, with all three of my pregnancies I went into total remission (psoriasis completely cleared up, joints very flexible and lubricated). Of course, it came back worse AFTER pregnancy. But you might find that you can get by without your meds while pregnant. For now, though, I suggest going to the pharmacy and talking to the pharmacist. Typically, they are WAY more knowledgeable about drugs and interactions and what's safe than the doctors are, anyway. And they always seem helpful about answering questions. Good luck!

Mom to Emma, 12, Wyatt, 9, and baby Sofia...


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