At NYU Langone, our rheumatologists, high-risk pregnancy specialists called maternal–fetal medicine doctors, and obstetricians work as a team to counsel and monitor women with autoimmune diseases before, during, and after pregnancy. These autoimmune conditions include systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
In these conditions, the immune system does not work properly to distinguish the body’s own cells from outside invaders such as viruses and bacteria. This can cause inflammation and, in time, damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, blood cells, joints, or muscles.
Our doctors at the Lupus Center are internationally recognized for their expertise. They have helped many women with these diseases manage symptoms and complications during pregnancy. Experts at the NYU Langone Maternal Fetal Care Center work with our rheumatologists to care for women and their babies during pregnancy and after delivery.
Our specialists provide counseling prior to pregnancy; monitor the mother’s and the baby’s health through physical examinations, blood tests, and scanning; and treat flare-ups and complications with medication, as needed. They also provide follow-up care for mothers and babies after birth.
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