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Pregnancy, Parenting and Rheumatoid Arthritis9 Views
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects joints and can occur at any age. Watch this video to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Description: Rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy-- it's a confusing topic. But it is possible to have children with RA-- just ask Jennifer. Watch this video to learn about how her 2 pregnancies went and how her family helps her today.
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While I was pregnant with my first son, I went into remission which was a wonderful feeling because I had never experienced life without any pain. Those were a good 9 months or an enjoyable 9 months. After, my arthritis—it went back to how it was beforehand. There really weren’t any changes for a while and then we saw the dip and that’s when it was time to start a biologic. For our second son—I had to get off the biologics so that I could get pregnant. I started to have difficulties with my hip…not knowing what was wrong, whether it was inflammation or just the weight of the pregnancy. So after I gave birth to Sam, we had to wait to see the orthopedic surgeon and when I went to see him, he told me within a few weeks they were going to take my hip off. The weight of the pregnancy and most likely the weight from both pregnancies did my hip in. I just had to learn to accept that it was a blessing that I was able to get a hip replacement; it’s a blessing that I was able walk and run with my kids and I felt no pain…so it was all worth it. I was the same super mom, super person that I had always been. I just had bionic parts. The toughest part of the day for me is going into the afternoon, going into dinnertime. By that time, I’m tired and spent. But in terms of having two boys, that’s the time when they need me most because they come home from school. To them, they’ve always known that mom has arthritis and we have to make modifications. Sunday, it’s time to go food shopping and somebody always goes with me so that somebody can run to the corner of the store to get things so that I don’t have to walk that far. I love my family, I love my kids, I love my husband, but I have to take care of me first because if I’m not feeling well then I can’t be of use to anybody.