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Rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy and postnatal catch-up growth in the offspring.

Authors
  • de Steenwinkel, Florentien D O
  • Hokken-Koelega, Anita C S
  • de Ridder, Maria A J
  • Hazes, Johanna M W
  • Dolhain, Radboud J E M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.)
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2014
Volume
66
Issue
7
Pages
1705–1711
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/art.38519
PMID: 24578030
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Elevated RA disease activity during pregnancy should be avoided because it is associated with rapid postnatal catch-up in weight, a risk factor for a worse cardiovascular and metabolic profile in adults. Medication for RA during pregnancy, including prednisone, had no effect on growth. Continuation or extension of medication will not only improve maternal health during pregnancy, but could be beneficial for the future health of the unborn child.

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