Autoimmune diseases linked to pregnancy dangers

Although most pregnancies of women with rare autoimmune diseases are uncomplicated, the risk of something going wrong is much higher than in the general population, say Australian researchers.

Compared with the general population, women with conditions such as systemic vasculitis, systemic sclerosis Behcet’s disease or Sjogren’s syndrome are at considerably greater risk of antepartum haemorrhage, pregnancy hypertension, severe morbidity and perinatal death, the NSW study reveals.