by debbi (1 Posts), Thu Mar 20, 2003 01:44 pm
I have had Lupus since age 9, and after careful consideration and consultation with many specialists including my rheumatologist and Perinatologists, we decided to try and conceive. Almost two years ago at age 27 I became pregnant with my first child. Fourteen weeks into the pregnancy, I developed Preeclampsia. During the nightmare that is Preeclampsia, we had to terminate the pregnancy to save me from getting any sicker. This is my question: We are now considering another pregnancy. We have tested for possible culprits as to why I got sick so early, including antiphospholipid syndrome and others. My antiphospholipid tests are sometimes positive and sometimes negitive. So, as a precaution, I am now on 4 mg of folic acid a day (elevated homocystine enzyme), low dose aspirin (81 mg/day), Prednisone (15 mg/day), Placquinil (400 mg/day), and have been told that if I do get pregnant, Heparin injections immediately. Are there any other precautions I can take to help minimize my chances of going through this again? Diet modifications that might help? Thank you!