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By Naomi Rothfield, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT

Created: 07/25/2012
Last Updated: 07/26/2012

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Q: What special precautions do I need to take if I have scleroderma and want to have a baby?

If you have been diagnosed with scleroderma, consult your physician before planning to have a baby. If you plan to become pregnant, you may need to adjust your medications and address specific risks with your doctor beforehand.

Pregnancy in women with scleroderma is always considered high risk, and extra monitoring and precautions are necessary, both before and during the pregnancy. People with rapid onset or severe internal organ involvement may need to postpone pregnancy until the symptoms subside or until toxic treatments are finished. Some women with severe scleroderma may be advised to forego pregnancy or consider adoption or surrogate parenthood. Discuss your decision with your physician.

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