What may increase the risk of postpartum rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flare-up?

Updated: May 11, 2018
  • Author: Katherine K Temprano, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) must be monitored closely following delivery, because they have the potential to have arthritis flare-ups during the postpartum period. Hyperprolactinemia has been associated with worsening of RA. Thus, breastfeeding may increase the likelihood of arthritis flare-ups.


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