Nobody has said that pregnancy is easy. However, despite this rather grim assessment of this episode in a woman’s life, being pregnant is filled with joyous expectations of the coming of the family’s new member. This joyful expectation is manifested in the choosing of the name of the newcomer, in the preparation for the baby’s things.

However, technology also lent a hand in making every pregnancy a joyful waiting. Through ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, a couple is allowed a glimpse at what their baby will look like, thus ushering in joyful glees from a woman who knows the joy of being pregnant; from a father proud to have a child soon and a family all waiting for the baby.

What Is Ultrasound Imaging?

If one remembers his/her science lessons at school well enough, one should be able to discern that sound is made up of waves. These sound waves travel across vastness in all directions and may bounce off any surface. In this aspect, the sound emitted by a source may be bounced back to it. By applying a little more aspect of technology, this characteristic of sound waves makes it possible to detect the presence of objects such as the manner through which sonar is used by ships to detect hostile forces or by fishing ships to detect schools of fish.

In the same token, if the sound wave used is emitted in the ultrasound frequency, which is several hundreds of times greater than the limit of human hearing, there is created an image of the object that is subjected to ultrasound. As a result, this technology has found numerous applications because of its ability to produce an image of the object that is subjected to ultrasound. Because of this, ultrasound imaging became an integral part of all pregnancies because it allows doctors and couples alike to learn of the position of the fetus and even tell of its gender.

Pros and Cons of Ultrasound Imaging

In general, ultrasound imaging, just like anything else that is a product of science, is a mixed blessing. To give a better perspective of ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, the following are the pros and cons of the process:

Pros:
1)The main benefit of ultrasound imaging during pregnancy is that it allows couples to have a glimpse of the baby that would soon be joining the family. This way, it allows couples to have an idea of how the baby will look and whose features were copied.

2)An ultrasound imaging during pregnancy allows doctors to be aware of the position of the organs. Hence, this will allow for a rapid detection in case there are abnormalities in the growth of the baby or in the positioning of the organs.

Cons:

1)The main setback with ultrasound during pregnancy is that it has a limited penetration effect. This means that only the area nearest the scanner will be observed, in such a way that other problems may be hidden and left untreated.


17 thoughts on “Lupus Caused By Pregnancy

  1. in COGNITO *

    does methotrexate cause fertility issues or other complications after molar pregnancy?
    It’s been 5 years since and I’ve had a daughter and adopted a son.

    does methotrexate cause fertility issues or other complications

    Also I’ve developed Lupus like symptoms (joint pain, photosensitivity, pos ANA, Nephritis, mouth sores)
    Can this be caused by a molar pregnancy ot metotrexate?

    1. sokokl

      The Lupus type symptoms could be coming from the Methotrexate, but I would recommend getting in touch with your rheumatologist as well to see what they say, and also I would recommend checking with your pharmacist and OB/GYN to see what they say about the potential for infertility with this medication.

  2. Kate

    What’s wrong with me?! Cancer, lupus, or arthritis?
    I have soooooo many questions, so here goes:

    I’m a 19 year old female. Since last November, I’ve had a constant dull pain in the left side of my upper back. I got an x-ray of my entire lumbar region, and it showed nothing unusual. I also get extreme headaches, intense heartburn, mucus in my stool, and extreme fatigue. I’ve gained about 30 lbs in a year. I got an endoscopy and colonoscopy to see where the mucus in my stool/ heartburn was coming from, but the doctor said my GI tract was beautiful. I’ve had 1,000 pregnancy tests, so I know I’m not pregnant.

    I’m prescribed Flexeril and Tramadol (neither of which helps at all), I take daily vitamins (which is why I’m stumped by the low vitamin d levels), and I smoke marijuana (would it cause the weird blood test results?) everyday. I was also on Accutane for about 5 months between Oct 2009 and Feb 2010.

    I just got some of my blood test results back and I have Elevated Sed Rate, Elevated C-reactive Protein (CRP), and Low Vitamin D.

    My primary care doctor suspects that I might have rheumatoid arthritis, and, she hasn’t confided in me yet, but I think she also suspects lupus.

    My main concern is cancer. Basically everyone in my family has had cancer or died from cancer. From the details I’ve given, do any of you think I could have cancer? Have you known anyone with the same symptoms who had cancer? If not, what do you think it could be?

    Any help would be appreciated.
    I know my dr. is suspecting lupus because she told my mom it’s a possibility (my dr and mom are best friends). My dad died of cancer, my mom had cancer, all of my grandmas and grandpas died of cancer, 3 of my 5 aunts died from cancer and one of them had it and survived, 3 out of 3 uncles have died from it, and 1 out of my 5 half-brothers has had it.
    I’m not on birth control pills and I’m a little overweight, but not a whole lot. I live in Florida, and I’ve been at the beach for almost all summer, so I know I haven’t had a lack of sun.
    Also, I didn’t pay for the pregnancy tests. Doctors gave them to me when I had the endo/colonoscopy, before I had x-rays, the entire time I was on Accutane, and not to mention the 6 or so times I’ve had my blood tested in the past 3 months. I’m not stupid, I know about safe sex.

    1. april

      Seems like you got a lot going on. Most drs would order an ultrasound with the pain you’re having. It would be cheaper to invest in some condoms than pay for 1000 pregnancy tests.. I had extremely low vitamin levels because I never got in the sun. Your body needs about 20 minutes of full on sunlight to get the vit d you’re lacking. High CRP is caused by infection, inflammation or being overweight…or PID. It is also elevated if you’re taking birth control pills. By Sed rate, I’m assuming you mean ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate? Just another test for inflammation.
      She hasn’t confided in you yet her thoughts on Lupus? Then how did you come by this knowledge? Do you know what Lupus is? If you had it or your dr suspected it, tests would’ve been run by now to verify, because lupus will kill you if left untreated. You were on accutane for quite a while…longer than most. I was on it and it can cause some wicked side effects, including bone pain.

      Has everyone in your family had the same cancer? Have they all had it while younger? And when you say basically everyone, who does that mean??

      You’re the second person to ask a question today, that a parent was best friends with the dr…doesn’t matter either way. You are of age and your condition can not be discussed without you present or without your knowledge first and you have to give explicit consent on who gets to know what. If you’re at the beach almost every day, then to be sure, you use a sunblock, which would also prevent absorption of the rays and would not make the vit d3. Most people are actually deficient in vit d.

      In rheumatoid arthritis, the small joints of the hands, wrists, feet, and knees are typically inflamed in a symmetrical distribution (affecting both sides of the body).

      Have they included these tests for antibodies when they took your blood?
      Abnormal antibodies can be found in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis. An antibody called “rheumatoid factor” can be found in 80% of patients. Citrulline antibody (also referred to as anticitrulline antibody, anticyclic citrullinated peptide antibody, and anti-CCP) is present in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

      X-rays can show bony erosions typical of rheumatoid arthritis in the joints. Joint X-rays can also be helpful in monitoring the progression of disease and joint damage over time. Bone scanning, a radioactive procedure, can also be used to demonstrate the inflamed joints. MRI scanning can also be used to demonstrate joint damage.

      Lupus…
      ■Fatigue
      ■Fever
      ■Weight loss or gain
      ■Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
      ■Butterfly-shaped rash (malar rash) on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose
      ■Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure
      ■Mouth sores
      ■Hair loss (alopecia)
      ■Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
      ■Shortness of breath
      ■Chest pain
      ■Dry eyes
      ■Easy bruising
      ■Anxiety
      ■Depression
      ■Memory loss

      I have Reynaud’s, it sucks..

  3. Melissa O

    Should I have another baby?
    I’m 33 years old and have one son who’s almost 2. My husband and I have been discussing the possibility of having another child, and I’m really torn. He’d prefer to keep things as they are (he has another son from a previous marriage), but I’d like to have another baby. I adore my son so much and am surprised every day by the happiness he brings to my life, and this really makes me want to have another child. However, I don’t want to force my husband into anything. (He doesn’t think our finances can handle another baby, and he does have a point–things are tight.) To complicate matters more, I suffer from an autoimmune condition (lupus or RA–the doctors can’t pin it down), and my previous pregancy was pretty hard on me physically. I do worry that another pregnancy could cause a flare-up. There are so many good reasons not to have another baby, but everytime I see a baby I can’t help but want another. I just don’t know what to do.

    1. kittyrogers

      Dear, if you have to ask the people on Yahoo (total strangers) if you should have another baby (God Almighty) DON’T DO IT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE! We don’t need any more idiots in the world than we have now. YOU are an adult for Pete’s sake! An Adult! Make up your own MIND about such matters. You don’t seem to have one at this point!

  4. Jeanie P

    Can lupus cause your period to get wacky?
    I come from a family with 2 generations of SLE, my mother and my grandmother were diagnosed when they were about my age.

    In regards to the “wacky” period, let me preface this by saying that I used to be able to set a clock by my cycle — every 28 days.

    Two cycles ago my period was 4 days early.
    My last cycle was a week late.
    My period is now a little over 2 weeks late, with multiple (6) negative home pregnancy tests.

    Has anyone with Lupus ever had an experience where you missed/had a late period when you started to get symptom of Lupus? I also have noticed my joints hurting more in the past few months, and I seem to be more tired. Both of which I know are symptoms.

    I know I need to see a doctor, but it would be nice to know if someone else has had a similar experience.

  5. Diana

    getting pregnant, please somebody read?
    I have lupus and have had three miscarriages, so I ended up going to a specialist which was great, He did lots of testing that no other doctor had done on me to see what is causing the miscarriages. So anyways they found out that it is caused by something that is causing blood clots, so now when I get pregnant again the doctor wants me to take heparin, now do you take it before or when pregnancy happens? Please anyhelp anyone with this experience, please let me know.

  6. ukind

    problem of repetitive abortions?
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We are suffering from three continous aborations,
    We had first mis-carriage in the month of July 2007 and this was 6-week pregnancy. After getting jerk in auto-ricksaw, We had to
    go for D&C.

    For Second pregnancy we tried from month of Jan 2008 and we both took medicine Blong and Lycobal finally she is
    able to concive in the month of may 2008 and tests done before pregnacy were
    1) TSH,
    2) Torch IGg, Torch IGm,
    3) Hb,
    4) Serum Prolactin,
    out of these Torch IgG was positive,
    and during pregnacy she were on Duphestron, ecospine, folinext and corion injection (weekly), and she was suffering from vaginal discharge (brown color
    liquid) started from early pregnancy, and there was heart beat measured (95/min). One day she had heavy bleeding we had to gone through D&C again
    in month of Aug 2008. And karyotyping of aborted was Normal. Again this was around 6 week pregnancy.

    For third pregancy, we tried from month of Jan 2009 and she is able to conceive at end of Jan 2009,
    Before pregancy, she was taking tablets folic acid and becasole-z. We did follwing tests before third pregancy
    1) Anti phospholipid Antiboby IgG and IgM,
    2) Cardiolipin Antibody panel
    3) DIlute Russell Viper Venon Line , Lupus Anticoagulant by dRVVT
    4) GTT
    5) Anti B2 Glycoprotein 1
    6) Lupus Anticoagulant
    7) Progolac C
    8) Hb (HB, PLV, ESR, TLC, DLC, Plt C)
    All tests were normal.
    and during third preganacy she were on Tab esscuit, Duphastron, HucoG 5000 mg injection(weekly)
    and during preganacy USG report says there is bicornuate/septate location preganacy and we had to gone thorugh D&C again in month
    of march 2009, We did our karyotyping and karyotyping was normal for both of us,

    After third mis-carriage, doctor advised us to do below tests along with laproscopy and histroscopy
    1) TB IGg, IgM,
    2) TB PCR (Normal),
    3) TB PCR (M. Blood)
    4) N.K Cell
    5) TNF alpha
    6) Secrun prolatin estimation ,
    7) Montex
    8) HSG (Normal)
    9) chest X-ray,
    10)whole abdomental USG,
    11) APTT,
    12) CBC,
    13) glucose fasting,
    14) partial thrombolastin ,
    15) VDRL serum,
    16) HBG AG screen,
    17) Urine culture
    out of above tests TNF alpha and TB IgG was positive and doctor advice AKT4, but she took only for two months
    as during laproscopy and histroscopy doctor says there is no infectiob like TB,
    laproscopy and histroscopy done in month of sept 2009.
    In laproscopy and histroscopy doctor said uterus was sub-septate and he removed the septum, and removed shringe of tubes also.

    Please advise, what could be root cause of problem of repetitive abortions,

    MAny Thanks,

    1. zannyvon

      I am truely sorry your having such a hard time with this. I do not have the answer you are looking for but a bit of advice you may want to post this under trying to concieve and change title of question to “problem of repetitive miscarriages” the folks in TTC may be better able to help you out and understand much more than most of us medical test wise and such. also in a place like this the word abortion tends to rile people up and some will not even look at a question assuming you mean that you are intentionally aborting.

      Prayers and baby dust your way 🙂

  7. ukind

    We are suffering from three continous mis-carriage?
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We are suffering from three continous mis-carriage,
    We had first mis-carriage in the month of July 2007 and this was 6-week pregnancy. After getting jerk in auto-ricksaw, We had to
    go for D&C.

    For Second pregnancy we tried from month of Jan 2008 and we both took medicine Blong and Lycobal finally she is
    able to concive in the month of may 2008 and tests done before pregnacy were
    1) TSH,
    2) Torch IGg, Torch IGm,
    3) Hb,
    4) Serum Prolactin,
    out of these Torch IgG was positive,
    and during pregnacy she were on Duphestron, ecospine, folinext and corion injection (weekly), and she was suffering from vaginal discharge (brown color
    liquid) started from early pregnancy, and there was heart beat measured (95/min). One day she had heavy bleeding we had to gone through D&C again
    in month of Aug 2008. And karyotyping of aborted was Normal. Again this was around 6 week pregnancy.

    For third pregancy, we tried from month of Jan 2009 and she is able to conceive at end of Jan 2009,
    Before pregancy, she was taking tablets folic acid and becasole-z. We did follwing tests before third pregancy
    1) Anti phospholipid Antiboby IgG and IgM,
    2) Cardiolipin Antibody panel
    3) DIlute Russell Viper Venon Line , Lupus Anticoagulant by dRVVT
    4) GTT
    5) Anti B2 Glycoprotein 1
    6) Lupus Anticoagulant
    7) Progolac C
    8) Hb (HB, PLV, ESR, TLC, DLC, Plt C)
    All tests were normal.
    and during third preganacy she were on Tab esscuit, Duphastron, HucoG 5000 mg injection(weekly)
    and during preganacy USG report says there is bicornuate/septate location preganacy and we had to gone thorugh D&C again in month
    of march 2009, We did our karyotyping and karyotyping was normal for both of us,

    After third mis-carriage, doctor advised us to do below tests along with laproscopy and histroscopy
    1) TB IGg, IgM,
    2) TB PCR (Normal),
    3) TB PCR (M. Blood)
    4) N.K Cell
    5) TNF alpha
    6) Secrun prolatin estimation ,
    7) Montex
    8) HSG (Normal)
    9) chest X-ray,
    10)whole abdomental USG,
    11) APTT,
    12) CBC,
    13) glucose fasting,
    14) partial thrombolastin ,
    15) VDRL serum,
    16) HBG AG screen,
    17) Urine culture
    out of above tests TNF alpha and TB IgG was positive and doctor advice AKT4, but she took only for two months
    as during laproscopy and histroscopy doctor says there is no infectiob like TB,
    laproscopy and histroscopy done in month of sept 2009.
    In laproscopy and histroscopy doctor said uterus was sub-septate and he removed the septum, and removed shringe of tubes also.

    Please advise, what could be root cause of problem of repetitive abortions,

    MAny Thanks,

  8. Karen Smith

    Too much pregnancy weight gain…advice?
    Before I was pregnant I weighed 110 pounds at 5’9″. Now I’m 30 weeks pregnant and I weigh 152 pounds. At my last OBGYN prenatal visit, my midwife told me I was gaining too much weight and that I had to stop eating carbs completely, or “if you really HAVE to have them, make sure it’s in the morning”. I told her I mostly eat fruits and veggies but she told me that those have carbs too. I’m really upset about this and she made me feel really bad about it and I’m terrified about gaining more weight by my next visit. I realized after I left that I was gaining so much weight due to the levalbuterol inhaler that I had recently been put on which has steroids in it. It has always caused me to gain at least 10 pounds in the past. Should I really stop eating carbs or what? What can I do so I don’t weigh more at my next prenatal visit? Is she being unreasonable?
    Also, I have lupus which makes exercise pretty difficult for me, especially because the pregnancy is taking a serious toll on my back and other joints.
    As I said, exercise is pretty difficult for me. Also, I’m not taking steriods for the fun of it. I have asthma and it’s been very bad lately, and my OBGYN knows I’m taking the steriod inhaler and says it’s OKAY.

    1. Two boys are a joy!

      You were underweight to being with so you should have gained more weight. And you should NOT cut out carbs unless you have something like diabetes. Fruits and veggies are good for you and your body needs carbs. It’s not like you’re eating loaves of bread. Ignore it.

  9. A

    I think my friend has munchhausen’s syndrome?
    A friend of mine is always posting on her FB about how sick she is. once, she posted “i feel so sick, yet some people don’t care 🙁 ” from what she has told me, assuming she is telling the truth… She has the birth control rods in her arm. yet, she has a blood clotting disorder (factor V) . her risk of pregnancy is low, since by her and her bf’s own admittance, they BARELY have sex (once every 6-10 months) So, since she has had the rods in, she has had one lung clot and A lot of problems with her “inr levels”. idk what what means..but yet she “asked the docs to remove them” and they said no because the risk of her becoming pregnant is more of a risk than her clots…. which is BS. . and her old BC pill caused a blood clot in her leg. and blood clots are a risk for bc’s even for people thatdon’tt have a clotting disorder… she also seems to have a bunch of rare-ish diseases that seem too many for one person..

    Ok, she has:
    Asthma (so do i, and it seems whenever i get sick and i mention it to her, she miraculously has an attack and has to do a neb treatment.)TM-JD (so do i. i actually didn’t know she had it until i found out i have to get surgery to correct mine this year.. yet i have known her for 2 years.)
    Depression and anxiety (so do i)
    Lupus
    Factor V (she miraculously got the call from her “doctor” when i was there and after she hung up, she started crying, posted of FB immediately and called, literally, 20 people.)
    Celiac
    Fibromyalgia
    Obesity (over 300)
    Lactose intolerance

    Whenever i try to talk to her about whats going on with me, she seems uninterested in what i am saying. alot of “uh huh, yeah, ok’s” but when i ask her about herself, she lights up my message screen.

    Ever since she has been going to school, she has been getting sick, but not enough that she has to leave school, or her assignments arent done.. for asthma alone, she is in and out of the ER like crazy. when i was still working, i hadda take 2 weeks off when i was sick, hospitalized and afterwards just from the common cold, then had to quit cuz i wasnt getting better… soo, i dont see how she claims her asthma is worse, yet hasnt been hospitalized in all the time i have known her.

    Ok, now, her cousin in one of my closest friends and she and alot of the family also have been suspicious that she has munchhausen’s…
    What do i do? Do i ask her directly or her doctor or what? It worries me, cuz now she wants to get into the medical field and i dont want it to turn “by proxy” type if she has it…

    here’s just a few of her latest fb stats most recent first

    nebulizer broke last night… GREAT… Sleeping the rest of my life away
    Doctors are stupid
    Rgh (one of our hospital’s initials)
    going up to RGH emergency… will update when i get there. on call is thinking about admitting me
    I’m gonna attempt to do some homework after this neb
    doing a neb and enjoying my heated blanket
    coughing my lungs out and watching iCarly
    just got home… outta breath… ugh
    coughing up a lung…. ugh… doing a neb….
    going back to sleep in a min after this neb
    just checking fb then laying down with da window open and the heated blanket…. love it…. might do a neb before i lay down
    home…. another asthma attack
    Rgh

    all of those were posted since thursday morning. its now sunday night.

  10. angel

    hereditary or coincidence?
    I work in the med field, and have asked this question, best I can get from doctors is “gee, I dunno, maybe.” So I’m asking opinions, and if anyone else has a similar story I’m interested in what you think…
    My mother is epileptic. Her seizures are triggered by stress, lack of sleep, or physical illness.
    All three of her children have auto immune issues. 1 sister has severe physical reactions to pregnancy. The theory we got from doctors is that her immune system goes on attack and treats the baby like a disease. Possibly its the hormone that triggers it.
    The other sister has lupus, also auto immune, moderate and manageable.
    And I have vitiligo. My immune system attacks pigment like a disease.
    My nephew has chronic severe migraines. We can’t find a cause. He also used to scream in his sleep and shake when he was a baby, so we suspected HE had epilepsy, too, but he’s never had a seizure and it stopped when he was about seven or eight. He also sleepwalks.
    And finally, my niece has severe juvenile arthritis. A month ago, she had an anaphylactic reaction to the smell of shrimp, and doctor says she now can not be around fish or shellfish at ALL. (She grew up on red lobster. No idea why, but I know allergies are unpredictable.)
    And finally, my youngest niece constantly catches colds, flu, pneumonia, ear infections. I mean if you sneeze twenty yards away on a windless day in july, she’ll get it. She also gets pretty severe eczema. She has a weak immune system.
    So here’s my question(s)-
    1. Are auto immune illnesses hereditary, or is my family an anomaly?
    2. Is it possible that all three of us were affected by moms epilepsy or by the meds she was using back then? (phenobarb, and something else that was commonly used in the 60s and 70s to treat epilepsy but was banned, can’t think of the name, so help with that too would be great.)
    3. If I were to have a child, is it pretty much guaranteed that something would be wrong with it?
    5150- no, we don’t live together, but we do all live in the same city. We don’t live in an area where we are exposed to any higher-than-average toxins. As far as I’ve been able to tell, there are not unusually high numbers in any of these illnesses in this area, either.

    1. Amanda

      There are studies that show that there CAN be a genetic link, but the sciences are inconclusive on it.

      2. It’s possible that the medication had an effect. My grandmother took medication for morning sickness and my mother and I BOTH have had endometriosis and autoimmune disorders after that. Before then, no one had endo.

      3. It’s not guaranteed, but I would be cautious just because it seems to be hereditary in yours even if science can’t prove it is.

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