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Methotrexate and pregnancy...

stluciastlucia Member Posts: 392
edited 4. May 2010, 13:19 in Young people's community
Hullo peeps

Does anyone have any experience of being on methotrexate and wanting to start a family - do you know what the guidelines are for coming off it and that kind of thing?

Also how did people manage not taking the Mtx and being pregnant?

Thanks,

Lucia x

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  • jennacjennac Member Posts: 35
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    My Consultant told me if i plan for any more baies you have to be off it for atleast 3 months x
  • stluciastlucia Member Posts: 392
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    jennac wrote:
    My Consultant told me if i plan for any more baies you have to be off it for atleast 3 months x

    Thank you - that's really helpful

    Lucia
  • clairyclairy Member Posts: 29
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I was told the same as Jennac have to be off it for atleast 3 months before trying for a baby. I've not done it but i'm sure someone will be along who has.
  • moderatormoderator Moderator Posts: 4,082
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    We would always recommend talking with your GP or healthcare team if you have questions relating to your medication.

    All the best,

    Moderator(T)
  • kimnihillkimnihill Member Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    stlucia wrote:
    Hullo peeps

    Does anyone have any experience of being on methotrexate and wanting to start a family - do you know what the guidelines are for coming off it and that kind of thing?

    Also how did people manage not taking the Mtx and being pregnant?

    Thanks,

    Lucia x

    hi lucia

    please forgive me if im doing this wrong but its my first post on the forum"hi".Anyway i saw your post and i have experience with this.I have been on methotrexate for about 8 years now both injections and tablets but in september 2008 our daughter was born.I had to plan my pregnacy and yes you have to have a min of 3 months clear but my consultant insited 6months was the best thing as it is a very dangerous drug to take when pregnant as it can harm the baby and trust me just dont read the reports if your easily freaked out like i was!.anyway as a rule they want you off all medication for your pregnacys an trust me it can be very painfull time.My arthritis calmed alot through my pregnacy as apparently it does for people but im still in a post delivery flare nearly 2 years on which again apparently does happen also.my consultant gave me a basic patient information leaflet on methotrexate and it does mention something about it in there also.
    hope this helps!
    kim :roll:
  • cthornleycthornley Member Posts: 627
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    you do need to talk this over with your health care team
    i did it and now have a wonderful almost 2 year old toddler
    I found it really hard emotionally and physically and it needs loads of consideration
    I fully intended to take 6mths off MTX to be on the safe side but we started trying at 3mths as it was very difficult and i was starting to lose the will to live. In the end we conceived at 6mths so it all was ok, didn't stop me worrying throughout.
    I would really recommend looking at a book that has just been written by a lady in australia - google - suzie edward may and you should find her website. Its a guide to parenting and arthritis, one of a kind, you usually only find arthritis books and baby books not together
    I think it would help you prepare yourself
    good luck ...its hard but it is worth it
    Chrissie
  • louiserichardlouiserichard Member Posts: 52
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi all

    I was told by my rheumy to wait 3 months from stopping. However after reading posts online etc I now feel this means 3 months should be done for cycles rather than counting months (but not 100% sure - as not received great help from specialists).

    It seems to be thou that its a minimum of 3 months and some say 6 months.
  • stluciastlucia Member Posts: 392
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you all just so much. I will talk it over with my consultant at the end of the month. X
  • stluciastlucia Member Posts: 392
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you all just so much. I will talk it over with my consultant at the end of the month. X
  • louiserichardlouiserichard Member Posts: 52
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    stlucia wrote:
    Thank you all just so much. I will talk it over with my consultant at the end of the month. X

    Hopefully he is more informative than my rheumy... if he tells you if its months or cycles (or if you find out anything else informative) can you let me know please :) I stopped my metho last week in the view of trying for a baby once safe...

    Good luck x
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