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What You Need to Know About Immunosuppressants—Before, During, and After Pregnancy

If I have lupus, can I still breastfeed my baby?

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

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What is antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS)?

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Can hormones trigger the development of lupus?

Can I still plan a pregnancy?


News & Stories

Podcasts | Jul. 16, 2016

Pregnancy and Lupus

Dr. Jill Buyon discusses the latest findings and advice concerning pregnancy and lupus.

Podcasts | Jul. 07, 2016

Lupus Nephritis Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Brad Rovin discusses how lupus nephritis is diagnosed and treated, and the special considerations women with lupus who wish to become pregnant need to consider.

Research News | May. 16, 2016

New Study: Predicting Risk of Miscarriage During First Trimester

A new study suggests that testing positive for lupus anticoagulant antibodies in the first trimester of pregnancy is the strongest predictor of pregnancy loss in women with lupus.

Blog | Apr. 19, 2016

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon: A Little Miracle for Mother’s Day

Maurissa has lived with lupus for most of her life and thought conceiving a child would never be possible for her and her husband Jed. Read more about their story

Research News | Jan. 19, 2016

Pregnancy & Lupus: Updates from the 2015 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting

The research presented brings the promise of better outcomes for pregnant women with lupus and their babies.

Magazine | Aug. 28, 2015

How Plaquenil® May Help Prevent Heart Damage in Newborns

Under Investigation: Preventive care on the horizon

Research News | Apr. 08, 2015

Foundation Grantees Answer Some Complex Questions of Pregnancy in Lupus

Foundation grantees Dr. Jill Buyon and Dr. Jane Salmon recently presented results from their research on pregnancy in women with lupus. Read more.

Research News | Feb. 17, 2015

New Study Finds Answers about Lupus Activity during Pregnancy

At the 2014 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, Dr. Sara K. Tedesch presented her study on the relationship between lupus activity prior to getting pregnant and during pregnancy. The Lupus Foundation of America conducted a Q&A with Dr. Tedeschi about her study.

Research News | Jan. 15, 2015

Managing Lupus During Pregnancy

Insights from the 2014 American College of Rheumatology Reproductive Health Summit

Video | Dec. 18, 2014

The Changing Perspective on Lupus and Pregnancy

Dr. Jane Salmon reflects on the changing perspectives regarding lupus and pregnancy and her lifelong work to better understand the causes of pregnancy loss and organ damage in lupus.

Video | Dec. 18, 2014

Autoimmune Diseases Can Behave Differently During Pregnancy

Dr. Eliza Chakravarty is conducting research to advance understanding of immunological changes of pregnancies in women with lupus to gain insight and improve outcomes.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2014

Family Focus

Why women should ask questions early about reproductive planning

Blog | Mar. 04, 2014

Why I Walk? For TEAM BRAVERLY

Read Cristina Toro's inspiring story about her life with lupus and how her daughter helped motivate her to take part in the Walk to End Lupus Now™

Podcasts | Feb. 12, 2014

Hydroxycloroquine May Help Prevent APS Pregnancy Complications

Study examines the effects of the antimalarial drug, hydroxycloroquine, on antiphospholipid antibodies that are responsible for pregnancy complications in women with lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome.

Research News | Jan. 22, 2014

Study Finds Malaria Drug Combo Could Help Prevent Lupus Pregnancy Complications

Lupus Foundation of America supported study finds combination therapy that includes hydroxychloroquine may be beneficial to pregnant patients with lupus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome.

Podcasts | Nov. 05, 2013

Pregnancy Complications in Lupus: Retrospective Analysis from a U.S. Health Claims Database

Data obtained from a large insurance claims database highlights the need for specific education and counseling to pregnant women with lupus as well as close collaboration between the rheumatologist and the obstetrician throughout the pregnancy

Blog | Nov. 05, 2013

Living Well: More Than Just an Idea

R. Paola Daly, Outcomes & Health Senior Manager, Lupus Foundation of America, shares her experience from the annual American College of Rheumatology meeting in San Diego and great tools she learned about on living well with lupus.

Research News | Oct. 29, 2013

Close Communications with Rheumatologist Important During Pregnancy for Women with Lupus

The outlook for positive pregnancy outcomes for women with lupus remains bright, but data obtained from a large insurance claims database highlights the need for specific education and counseling to pregnant women with lupus as well as close collaboration between the rheumatologist and the obstetrician throughout the pregnancy.

Research News | Oct. 28, 2013

Children Born to Mothers with Lupus Might be at Increased Risk of Autism

Although the overall risk is small, children born to mothers with lupus may have a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders than children born to mothers without the disease, according to the results of a study presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

Research News | Sep. 18, 2012

Second Pregnancy Outcomes in Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn about second pregnancy outcomes in women with lupus, particularly in those whose first pregnancy had an adverse outcome.

Research News | May. 16, 2012

Reproductive Behavior Among Women with Lupus

A more detailed understanding of the reproductive behavior of women with lupus can help identify their needs in terms of caring for their disease and become educated about its possible effects, including those on reproduction.

Podcasts | Apr. 19, 2012

Lupus and Pregnancy and Fertility

Dr. Eliza Chakravarty provides an overview of pregnancy and fertility issues in lupus.

Research News | Mar. 22, 2012

Lupus Anticoagulant Affects Pregnancy Outcomes

The results of this study highlight the important role of lupus anticoagulant, as well as that of a previous blood clot, in adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Podcasts | Nov. 06, 2011

Favorable Prognosis in a Large Study of Lupus Pregnancies

A study lead by Dr. Jill Buyon and Dr. Jane Salmon on lupus pregnancies found that the majority of women with stable lupus had successful pregnancies.

Research News | Apr. 08, 2011

Contraceptive Counseling and Use Among Women With Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn whether contraceptive counseling had effects on the frequency of use of contraceptives.

Video | Feb. 14, 2011

Congenital Heart Block in Neonatal Lupus

Dr. Jill Buyon of the New York University School of Medicine, a leading authority on congenital heart block in neonatal lupus, discusses this rare complication and the next steps in the study of neonatal lupus.

Research News | Oct. 06, 2010

Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Lupus Nephritis

The researchers hoped to determine the specific effects of active lupus-related kidney disease on pregnancy outcomes, as well as complications that might occur in the mothers or babies.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2010

A Numbers Game: How Lupus Affects a Woman’s Health Through the Years

Puberty, birth control, bone health, and menopause are just some of the things women living with lupus need to be concerned with, and whether you’re 15, 25, or 60, there’s plenty for you to know.


Events

Nov. 27, 2016 1:00 pm | Hard Rock Stadium

Lupus Awareness Night with the Miami Dolphins

Please join us for our inaugural Lupus Awareness Night with the Miami Dolphins. Come and spend the afternoon with us as we watch the Miami Dolphins play against the San Francisco 49ers while raising awareness!

Sep. 27, 2016 12:00 pm | Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Pizza with a Purpose

We invite you to join us at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Coral Gables for our Pizza with a Purpose Fundraiser! Bring along your friends and family to celebrate the upcoming Walk to End Lupus Now in Miami- Florida's largest lupus walk!

Oct. 22, 2016 5:00 pm | Marlins Park

Caminata para Poner Fin al Lupus Ahora

La Fundacion Americana de Lupus, Capitulo de Florida les invita a participar en la caminata mas grande de lupus de la Florida para recaudar fondos y levantar el conocimiento sobre lupus.

Nov. 22, 2016 7:15 pm | Teleconference

Stress Management

Join us to learn how to optimize your health with evidence based tools.

Oct. 04, 2016 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Lupus & Dental Health

Join us to learn about how dental health relates to lupus and managing symptoms.

Sep. 07, 2016 7:00 pm | Chipotle

Night Out for Lupus!

We invite you to join us at Chipotle for a night out for lupus! Bring along your friends and family to celebrate the upcoming Walk to End Lupus Now in Miami – Florida’s largest lupus walk!

Jun. 14, 2016 6:30 pm | Baptist Health Resource Center

Miami/Dade Lupus Support Group (Doral)

Jun. 14, 2016 7:00 pm | Highland Regional Library

North Florida Lupus Support Group (Jacksonville)

Oct. 22, 2016 5:00 pm | Marlins Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Miami

Join us at Marlins Park for 2016 Walk to End Lupus Now! Come and spend your afternoon at the ballpark while helping us raise awareness!

Mar. 03, 2016 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Lupus and the Kidneys: Ask the Experts

This educational teleconference will address complications, medical evaluation and treatment as it relates to kidney involvement in lupus.

Feb. 20, 2016 10:00 am | Nova Southeastern University

Living Well with Lupus Seminar Orlando

Please join us for our Living Well with Lupus Seminar in Orlando.

Jun. 05, 2016 4:00 pm—Jul. 05, 2016 12:00 am | Palm Beach Zoo

Walk to End Lupus Now Palm Beach Donation Deadline

Thank you Palm Beach for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until July 5 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

May. 21, 2016 3:00 pm—Jun. 21, 2016 6:30 pm | Lake Eola Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Orlando Donation Deadline

Thank you Orlando for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until June 21 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Mar. 13, 2016 4:00 pm—Apr. 13, 2016 6:30 pm | Riverside Arts Market

Walk to End Lupus Now Jacksonville Donation Deadline

Thank you Jacksonville for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until April 13 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

May. 30, 2015 9:00 am | Nova Southeastern University

Support Group Training

Are you interested in starting a group in your area or becoming a co-facilitator of an exisiting group? If, so we invite you to attend our next facilitator training.

Nov. 14, 2015 2:00 pm—Dec. 14, 2015 12:00 am | Wickham Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Central Florida Donation Deadline

Thank you for Melbourne for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until December 14 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Oct. 25, 2015 3:00 pm—Nov. 30, 2015 12:00 am | Marlins Park

Walk to End Lupus Now South Florida Fall Donation Deadline

Thank you for Miami for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until November 30 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Nov. 15, 2014 10:30 am | Physicians Regional Medical Center, Palm Dining Room

Southwest Florida Lupus Support Group (Naples)

Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 pm | Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Sand Dollar Room

South Palm Beach Lupus Support Group (Boynton Beach)

Nov. 12, 2014 7:00 pm | Memorial Regional Hospital South Conf. Room 4

East Broward Lupus Support Group (Hollywood)

Nov. 10, 2014 6:00 pm | St Mary's Medical Center,Main Entrance Conference Room

North Palm Beach Lupus Support Group ( West Palm Beach)

Mar. 29, 2015 4:30 pm | Riverside Arts Market

Walk to End Lupus Now Northern Florida

NEW in 2015! The Walk to End Lupus Now is coming to Northern Florida in Jacksonville. Join us as we rally together to create awareness of lupus while raising funds to fight this terrible disease.

Oct. 30, 2016 7:00 am

25th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run & 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now™

Help us solve the cruel mystery!

Oct. 24, 2015 9:00 am | Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel

15th Annual NC Lupus Summit

Patients, caregivers, and the medical community are invited to join us for a day devoted to those affected by lupus. The Annual NC Lupus Summit is the largest educational conference on lupus in the state and provides a variety of discussions led by physicians and other experts dedicated to solving the cruel mystery of lupus. This year's event will highlight aiming high to live a meaningful life.

Nov. 12, 2014 6:30 pm | Clay County Library Orange Park Branch, Room A

North Florida Lupus Support Group (Orange Park)

Oct. 10, 2013 7:00 pm

Ask the Experts Teleconference: Lupus and Women’s Issues

Learn how to live better with lupus and cope with issues many women face after a lupus diagnosis.