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Forgoing Medication, for Baby's Sake
Date:4/6/2012

elbows."

But she said the good news is that she's been told that when she gets pregnant, her disease will likely go into remission, thanks to the hormones that are released during pregnancy. Such a remission ends abruptly with the delivery of the baby, she said.

Mokelke and her husband have been trying to conceive for more than a year and expect to give it a few more months before they start looking into other options, including adoption. "Having a family is more important to us than creating a family," she said. "Look at the big picture of things, and a woman's health should be most important."

She advised other women with chronic medical conditions who are thinking about getting pregnant to set a goal or time period with their partner before they start trying. She also said it's a good idea to make whatever lifestyle changes you need to, like increasing your exercise or dropping your coffee habit, before you start trying to conceive.

"If at any point in time you feel like the chronic pain or medical condition you have is too much, and it is interfering with your ability to be comfortable, then it is time to stop and look into other options," she said.

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A companion article offers more information on preventing birth defects.

SOURCE: Laura Mokelke, Milwaukee, Wis.


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