Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that manifests when the body’s immune system starts to attack its own tissues and organs. The inflammation that results from lupus can affect several areas throughout the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs.

Lupus is far more often observed in women than in men but no clear connection for this observation has been discerned. There are four types of lupus in existence these are: systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus. Of the types mentioned, systemic lupus erythematosus is by far the most prevalent and serious form of lupus.

The prognosis for people with this disease was very poor in the past however improvements in the diagnosis and treatment methods implemented for lupus has significantly enhanced the likelihood of surviving with the condition. Once the disease is treated most people with the disease can lead regular lives.

Because it is an autoimmune disease, it not only attacks foreign substances that may enter the body, such as bacteria and viruses, but also triggers the immune system to attack healthy tissue. As said before this brings about inflammation and consequential injury to different sections of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain.
It is not yet known what causes the disease, like other autoimmune diseases it is a mystery. It is theorized that it is the result of a combination of factors, most notably, the patient’s genes and the environment. Some experts also believe that a person may inherit a predisposition to lupus, but not the actual disease itself. Instead, people with this probable inherited predisposition for the disease may only develop the condition when they make some form of contact with something in the environment that may induce lupus, including some types of medication or a virus.

The disease does not always develop in the same way for all individuals who are plagued by the disease . Signs and symptoms may materialize suddenly or develop over time. They may be mild or severe, and may be transient with fluctuating periods of the associated symptoms or permanent. Most people affected by lupus have a mild form of the disease characterized by episodes which are deemed flares when signs and symptoms are worsened for a short period, then improve or even disappear entirely for some time.
The signs and symptoms of lupus that an individual will experience will greatly depend on the areas of the body that are affected by the condition. However the more regular signs and symptoms may include any of the following:

Anxiety
Depression
Memory loss
Fatigue
Fever
Weight loss or gain
Fingers and toes that turn white or blue during exposure to cold or during stressful periods. This is called Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
Butterfly-shaped rash or malar rash on the face that covers sections of the cheeks and the bridge of the nose
Skin lesions that appear and are actually worsened by sun exposure
Mouth sores
Hair loss (alopecia)
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Dry eyes
Easy bruising

Once an individual develops an unexplained rash, ongoing fever, persistent aching or fatigue, he or she should consult a doctor to rule out the possibility that it could be lupus.

Once a person has been diagnosed with lupus, he or she should have regular consultations with a doctor so that the condition can be treated and monitored effectively. Also any new symptoms should be looked on immediately.


6 thoughts on “Signs Of Lupus During Pregnancy

  1. gothikbabe_666

    I have lupus, Might be pregnant, and have a horrible boil, could these be connected?
    i know that having lupus and being pregnant can be a risky thing, i am very unsure if i am pregnant or not, i have not had a real period since August 4th, my lower abdomen is very hard and normally its pretty squishy, this started around the beginning off september, right around the time my “period” was late, before september my periods were usually very regular, never more then 2 days late or early, but then in september, it was 8 days late, i started on the 12th, i went and bought a test on the 12th, went to work before i could take it, and started my period, or what i thought was a period. it started as brown spotting, which is also weird since i normally have insanely heavy periods, my doctor said that if i didn’t have such high amounts of iron in my blood all the time, i would become anemic during my periods. and it stayed brown for 2 days, and really light, the next months i was late yet again, i started on the 16th, and my “period” was the same as before, but only lasted 2 days this time. oh september it was only 3 days long. my stomach is getting harder every week, my boobs hurt a little bit, my head hurts all the time, my lower back hurts, my feet and ankles are swollen every day. and for the last week it feels like somethings moving around inside me, its really faint, but its starting to worrie me. i have lupus and i have been having alot of flares lately, my hair has been thining alot more then usual, ive been getting cancker sores alot, and now i got this horrible boil under my armpit, ive been getting little ones on my lower abdomen for a couple years, but they were usualy very small and didnt hurt. they usualy happen if i where tight pants, but ive been cramping so much i cant wear them, im a very clean person, i never go more then 2 days without a shower, i eat relitivly healthy, but i just looked up boils and found lupus can be why people get them, but the one under my arm pit is huge! i mean 3 inches round, and sticks out about 1/2 inch, i saw that heat helps draw the infection out so i got a heating pad, and i get a hot clean wash cloth and alternate with those, and it still hurts really bad, but only if i take it off the heat.
    also, i have taken so many pregnancy test its not funny, and all different kinds. all came up negative. i do not have insurence, im finnaly able to get it threw my job, i just have to sign up for it. which i did today. but until the insurence kicks in, i have to wait and see. im just curious if this has happend to anyone else.
    please help me. i dont understand whats going on with my body.
    if i am pregnant i would be very happy, if im not then ohwell.
    i just wanna know already. whats going on with me?!?!?!?!?
    i know what lupus is, i want to know if being pregnant with lupus is why im being thrown into flares, and have a horrible boil,
    can someone just give my a straight answer. i dont need people to say go to the doctor, i know that!!!
    just answer my QUESTION!!!!!!!!
    please

    1. Anonymous

      While most infants born to mothers who have SLE are healthy, pregnant mothers with SLE should remain under medical care until delivery. Neonatal lupus is rare, but identification of mothers at highest risk for complications allows for prompt treatment before or after birth. In addition, SLE can flare up during pregnancy, and proper treatment can maintain the health of the mother longer. Women pregnant and known to have the antibodies for anti-Ro (SSA) or anti-La (SSB) often have echocardiograms during the 16th and 30th weeks of pregnancy to monitor the health of the heart and surrounding vasculature.

      Contraception and other reliable forms of pregnancy prevention is routinely advised for women with SLE, since getting pregnant during active disease was found to be harmful. Lupus nephritis was the most common manifestation. Overall live-birth was 72.7%; the most common causes of pregnancy loss were spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) and fetal death in utero. Pregnancy outcome was worse in SLE patients whose disease flared up during pregnancy.

      For the boil use some antibiotic cream and cortisone cream. Oral antibiotics might also help to heal it up if it’s seriously infected!

      I use to get giant boils on my butt the size of a silver dollar!

  2. Sabrina B

    How do I know if I have a uterine infection after giving birth and if Keflex is the right atbc to treat it?
    Hi! I just gave birth to my first child 10 days ago and had really bad complications after the delivery. I was in labor for 27 hours, pushed for an hour, and got the usual Pitocin and epidural. My OB had manually pulled out my placenta immediately after the delivery of my baby and I had not asked him to! I was hemorrhaging for the 1st 2 days. I even passed out 2 hours after I gave birth, as soon as I transferred to the maternity ward! The same night, I was about to pass out a 2nd time and my blood pressure dipped at its lowest. They had to call an emergency code and all of the doctors and nurses rushed into my room. The reason for my postpartum hemorrhage was because I had retained fragments of the placenta in my uterus and a dr. had to manually push the clot out! On top of that, I had a distended bladder and couldn’t urinate on my own, so they had to Foley cath me for 3 days. I didn’t have an episiotomy or any tears, but had a few abrasions inside my vagina. I also had a hematoma on the left labia. I lost so much blood, 55%, I became anemic and was supplemented with a stronger iron than what I was taking during pregnancy. I was on IV fluids for 3 days and stayed in the hospital for 4 days. Ever since I got home, my lochia had been getting less and less but the hematoma on my left labia became so painfully excruciating it had even turned hard even with the sitz baths I’ve been taking. It was so painful every time I went to the bathroom, to urinate or pass a bowel. Even on pain meds, the vaginal pain was so severe, I had to go to the emergency. I was examined and they told me in time, it will heal and go away on its own and the hematoma is too small to cut open and drain.

    Then today I noticed I started bleeding more and even passing big clots, whereas previous days, my bleeding was brown and very small, like dime sized amounts with no clots at all. In addition, I’ve been having extreme severe abdominal pains since this morning. I saw my OB today and he examined my uterus by pressing down on my belly and I grimaced so much because the pain was so bad. He told me it’s not supposed to be that painful at this point, 10 days after giving birth. He concluded that I had a uterine infection and put me on Keflex 4 times a day for 10 days. I’m not sure if he diagnosed me correctly since he only pressed down on my tummy and didn’t run any tests to confirm that it’s an infection. Also, how would he know what kind of antibiotic to prescribe to me if he doesn’t even know what kind of uterine infection is invading me? I know there are different kinds of uterine infections based on the different types of bacteria! I’m a new grad LVN (practical nurse) and even though I haven’t worked since I got pregnant during school, I know that I should be skeptical of something about his diagnosis! I don’t have a fever or any other signs and symptoms of an infection other than the extreme abdominal pain and painful urination/ bowel movements. The emergency department took a urine sample from me and a bladder infection or UTI came out negative so I know I don’t have that! Someone out there please help me! I just want to make sure my OB and medical team during my labor and delivery have the best interest in taking good care of me instead of killing me! I just want to be alive and healthy to raise my daughter and for my uterus to not be affected so I can have more children after this! Thank you so much in advance!

    FYI: I also have Lupus, but a mild form of it since none of my organs are affected….only Raynaud’s Disease and eczema which is about it!

    1. mgunnycappo

      Keflex is a broad spectrum antibiotic and will cover you regardless of what specific bacteria you have. He’s probably giving you the antibiotics as a prophylaxis, just in case. I would venture to say that you’ll improve over the next couple of days.

  3. dede

    How serious is Lupus during pregnancy?
    My daughter had preclampsia with her first pregnancy. She is approximately 9 wks. along and is showing signs of the condition already. Last week her doctor told her that current symptoms she is having all point to the possibility of Lupus. He ran some test, and said depending on the test results may decide to hospitalize her for a few days for further testing and begin a treatment plan. I am terribly worried for my daughter and her unborn baby. Just wondered if anyone out their has experienced somewhat the same, and looking for some feedback. Thank you in advance.

    1. Anonymous

      Don’t worry. Lupus rarely affects the baby of a woman who has it, but it isn’t nice at all for the mother. Often women contract Lupus whilst pregnant or after they’ve had a baby, as Lupus is often triggered by this. I once knew a woman who had her Lupus at its very worse after she had her first baby. I’ve known 2 women with it, and the second one was so exhausted she spent most of a year in a wheelchair. But Lupus is rarely fatal nowadays, and it’s not disfiguring. They usually use steroids to treat it. (I’m not talking about illegal drugs, I’m talking about medical drugs that have nothing to do with muscle building). Lupus can range in severity. Your daughter’s baby will be fine.

      I’m not going to guarantee you that everything, including the baby, will be ship-shape and fine and dandy, but it is VERY likely. I know the woman above gave you some bad news about premature or ill babies, but the truth is, the two women I know have had 2 or more babies, all completely normal and healthy. Seriously. Not trying to make you feel better. Have a little faith, dear:) Good luck xxx

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