Lupus and your body

If I am pregnant, can I still be treated for antiphospholipid antibodies?

Dr. Michelle Petri is the Director of the Hopkins Lupus Cohort, a longitudinal study of morbidity and mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus, and Co-Director of the Hopkins Lupus Pregnancy Center.

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If the woman has antiphospholipid antibodies and is pregnant for the first time, or has had normal pregnancies in the past, no treatment or a daily baby (81 mg) aspirin may be advised. However, if the woman has had miscarriages in the past, several different treatment regimens are available, including adult-strength aspirin and/or subcutaneous shots of a blood thinner called Heparin. The most commonly used regimen combines Heparin injections and low-dose aspirin. Pregnancies in women with antiphospholipid antibodies are considered to be “high risk pregnancies.”

Medically reviewed on July 26, 2013