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Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) & Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, have APS, and are looking for support, please contact us or visit our support forum and we can point you in the right direction. We also have a Women & APS brochure available on our Downloads page.

Written By: Michele R. Lauria, MD, MS
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medicine Center, Lebanon, NH

Description of the condition
Diagnosis
Disease Impact on Pregnancy
Pregnancy Impact on Disease
Special Prenatal/Birth/Neonatal Considerations
Treatment of APS During Pregnancy
Resources

 

Description of the condition

Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is an illness that involve the immune system, and causes increased clotting of the blood. Normally antibodies, chemicals made by the immune system, are helpful in fighting germs or viral infections from outside the body. However in APS, the immune system makes antibodies that cause blood to clot abnormally. This may cause problems with the pregnancy.

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Diagnosis

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Disease Impact on Pregnancy

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Pregnancy Impact on Disease

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Special Prenatal/Birth/Neonatal Considerations

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Treatment of APS During Pregnancy

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Resources

Books: "When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect – A Layperson's Guide to Complications in Pregnancy" By Laurie A. Rich.

Also "Pregnancy Bedrest – a Guide for the Pregnant Woman and Her Family", by Susan H. Johnston, M.S.W. & Deborah A. Kraut, M.I.L.R.

Sidelines at 800-876-3151 or http://www.sidelines.org - for full listings of Resources for High-Risk Parents

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Written by: Michele R. Lauria, MD, MS
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medicine Center, Lebanon, NH

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