In the past, women with rheumatoid arthritis were discouraged from getting pregnant. But now the picture is different. With the help of their doctors, along with careful disease management, most women with rheumatoid arthritis can have a successful pregnancy. According to UTMB’s Dr. Sanmaan Basraon, “Rheumatoid arthritis appears to have no adverse effects on pregnancy. Studies show no increase in spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or stillbirths in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.” Still, Basraon suggests ultrasound monitoring of fetal growth throughout a pregnancy.