Systemic Lupus Erythemayosus (SLE)is a chronic inflammatory disorder. It is known to affect skin, joints, kidneys, and other organs in the body.
Women with SLE have a higher risk of miscarriage. Women, who have badly affected kidneys, are at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy. Those with mild or well controlled disease at the beginning of pregnancy usually do not experience much problem during pregnancy. These patients are co-managed by the Obstetrician with special interest in ‘High Risk Pregancy' and a Rheumatologist.
Birth Defects Clinic
One in 30 babies born may suffer from a birth defect. This happens while the baby is still developing in the mother’s womb, usually within the first three months of pregnancy.
The birth defect may affect how the baby looks, how the baby’s body works, or both. Some birth defects are cosmetic for example a cleft lip, while others may affect the baby’s inner organs such as the lungs in cystic fibrosis or the blood in thalassaemia.
At NUH, we have brought together clinicians from many disciplines (obstetricians to geneticists, paediatricians and surgeons) to run a Birth Defects clinic. This clinic is dedicated for the care of unborn babies diagnosed by ultrasound to have birth defect. The joint expertise is to plan for the delivery and immediate after-care of the newborn.