“Since many DMARDs are contraindicated during pregnancy, and we have seen that some NSAIDs may be harmful, steroids at low to moderate doses are often preferred to treat flares of RA during pregnancy,” Dr Kuriya stated.

More research is needed on the effect of RA on disease activity and the effects of RA medications on the fetus, especially as the RA treatment armamentarium expands. The benefits of maintaining good disease control and avoiding progression must be balanced with potential medication risks.  


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