Successful pregnancy outcome likely for most women with SLE

The study showed 80% of 333 pregnant women with SLE had a favourable pregnancy outcome. 

The findings from the National Institutes of Health’s PROMISSE (Predictors of pregnancy outcome: biomarkers in antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus) project were presented at an American College of Rheumatology meeting last week. 

Most women with stable SLE, defined as limited disease activity and no flares around conception or in the first trimester, had successful pregnancies. However, 19 women experienced death of the fetus and 30 women delivered before 36 weeks or had small babies.