Basically, lupus is not hereditary so there is no prohibition for the infected to become pregnant and have kids. It’s just need a lot of consideration, because pregnancy is hard physical work and need a good body resistance.
Although several studies have lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is also influenced by genetic factors, there is no strong evidence that this disease can be lowered. This disease is not contagious so there is no risk to the fetus in the womb.
Even so people with lupus (Odapus) can not be arbitrary pregnant. Specialist in internal medicine at the University of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Djoerban SpPD KHOM Zubairi said there are some things that should be considered so as not to endanger Odapus and abortion.
The main consideration is the condition of pregnancy in general should be controlled Odapus. This means that in a certain period lupus symptoms do not appear, then the results of laboratory tests showed levels of C3 and C4 (immune component) is not too low.
“Other criteria that indicate lupus in controlled conditions is the patient using the drug in minimal doses,” said Prof. Zubairi in the seminar “Lupus Update” in RS Kramat 128, Jakarta, Friday (10/12/2010).
The next consideration is the risk of treatment on the fetus. Odapus who desire pregnancy stop taking the drug are prohibited, so are advised to consult with their doctors to be chosen for a safe drug for the fetus.
Risk incurred if treatment is stopped is recurrence of course dangerous to the fetus or the Odapus own. Pregnancy is hard physical work that can trigger stress, one of the triggers of relapse in lupus.
If these considerations had been taken into account, then Odapus safe for pregnancy.But if low levels of C3 and C4 and is still often show symptoms of lupus, the Odapus is not recommended for pregnant.
As mentioned by Dr. Dyah A Waluyo of the Lupus Foundation of Indonesia, the disease lupus is characterized by at least 4 of the following symptoms:
- Pain in bones / joints
- Prolonged fever / high heat is not due to infection
- Often feel tired
- Rash on skin
- Anemia (lack of blood)
- Kidney disorders (protein much wasted through urine)
- Pain in the chest when inhaling a deep breath
- Red spots on the face form a butterfly pattern (butterfly rash)
- Sensitive to sunlight (photosensitive)
- Hair loss
- Pale or bluish fingertips
- Weight loss
- Sprue is intermittent
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