So the rest of the week has fortunately gone a little better than Monday. Anyone with RA knows how sporadic the symptoms can be - so frustrating! I don't know about you, but I like predictability. My joints apparently do not agree.... Oh well, as long as they are feeling better (still a little achy - but nothing to have a pity party about).
I've been doing a little more research on rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy this week. While there's not a lot out there, I did find a few things to share (and to keep track of myself for future reference).
The Organization for Teratology Information Specialists actually has page devoted to studies on rheumatoid arthritis medications (Enbrel, Arava & Humira have their own reports as of right now ) and pregnancy: http://www.otispregnancy.org/hm/inside.php?id=40
The good news for me on this one is that there were no increased risk of birth defects for women who took Enbrel as compared to those who didn't. This supports anectodal reports that I also found:
I also found a good round-up of many rheumatoid arthritis drugs, as they relate to pregnancy, here:
It's really all encouraging news! Next appointment with my rheumatologist is February 26th. I plan to ask him when we should start testing to see if all of the Arava is out of my system (it's only been 3 months, though - so it might be a while). I also want to see what he thinks about me starting a prenatal vitamin. It's at least 6 months before we'd even think about starting... but hey, is it ever too soon??