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er from deep vein thrombosis -- a blood clot -- and 3.5 times more likely to develop sepsis, a severe illness caused by an extreme infection of the bloodstream. Many women with lupus also were anemic or had low blood platelet counts at delivery and were three times more likely to need transfusions.

Additionally, almost 37 percent of women with lupus gave birth via cesarean section -- 15 percent higher than the national average of 22 percent. Women with lupus also were 2.5 times more likely to experience preterm labor and three times more likely to develop preeclampsia, or pregnancy-related high blood pressure, than women without lupus.

Clowse said the study's results are highly suggestive and should be taken seriously within the health care community, but she added that the study did have certain limitations.

On the plus side, the study examined a large number of patients, including patients from a variety of clinical environments, and it compared pregnancy results among women with and without lupus, she said.

However, she added, the study relied on analyzing hospital admission and discharge data, rather than on analyzing individual patient records or on examining the patients themselves.

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