New Research Sheds Light on Cellular Fluctuations in Pregnant Women with Lupus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) carries an increased risk of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and fetal adverse outcomes. Researchers studied women with lupus comparing their blood cells to healthy women through pregnancy and postpartum. They also monitored women undergoing assisted reproductive technology, monitoring blood cell changes around embryo implantation.
The study revealed significant changes in cell levels in the bloodstream during healthy pregnancy that may facilitate fetus implantation. These same cell fluctuations are linked to lupus disease development and if not controlled can lead to lupus pregnancy complications. The study provides a framework for future studies on lupus disease progression and development of therapies to improve health outcomes for mothers with lupus and their children. Learn about planning a pregnancy when you have lupus.