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What autoimmune diseases affect pregnancy?

By Marta Barranquero Gómez (embryologist).
Last Update: 12/15/2021

Most autoimmune diseases can affect in pregnancy due to hormonal influence. Pregnancy involves a number of hormonal changes in a woman's body, which can alter the immune condition.

However, in the case of multiple sclerosis or other types of autoimmune diseases, pregnancy is a protective situation for the woman. This is not always the case, as there are also cases in which pregnancy aggravates the autoimmune disease.

In any case, the protective effect of pregnancy for patients with immune pathologies disappears after delivery. In addition, it is important to start medication as soon as possible, as the disease could be reactivated more intensely.

 Marta Barranquero Gómez
Marta Barranquero Gómez
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH).
License: 3316-CV
Embryologist. Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH). License: 3316-CV.