HEALTHY BODY HEALTHY MIND

Program Details
Air Time: 
11/15/2013 - 7:00am - 7:29am
Program Title: 
FERTILITY & PREGNANCY IN WOMEN WITH RHEUMATOID ART
Program Service: 
MX
Program URL: 
http://www.itvisus.com/programs/hbhm/index.asp
PSIP Description: 
Experts examine the concerns regarding women with Rheumatoid Arthritis and pregnancy.
Long Description: 
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means a person's immune system is attacking his or her own body-and specifically attacking the joints. Women outnumber men with Rheumatoid Arthritis by a ratio of 3 to 1-and when a younger woman is diagnosed with RA- often she wants to know how this condition will affect her ability to have a baby. But studies have shown that women with Rheumatoid Arthritis have many concerns about becoming pregnant and delivering a healthy child. In this program we'll explore some of those concerns. We'll hear from experts who believe the condition must be well-controlled before becoming pregnant-but they do not consider rheumatoid arthritis as a reason to avoid having a baby. We'll also see how research on women with cancer who had chemotherapy during pregnancy is offering information about the long-term impact of medication on babies in the womb.