A magazine and social network for young adults with arthritis
(This page has been paid for and produced by UCB Pharma)
Hi, welcome to #MaybeBaby
This is #MaybeBaby, a campaign supporting young women with arthritis and psoriasis who may experience a loss of identity following their diagnosis. These women need to know they can have the future they dream of – travel where they want to go, work in the job they love, have the relationships they deserve, or become the mum they always wanted to be.
#MaybeBaby is for everyone – whether you’re a young woman with arthritis or psoriasis thinking about pregnancy, or you know someone who is, or even if you want to help us get the word out. Diagnosis doesn’t need to make a difference, options are still on the table – #MaybeBaby is open.
A story of a girl whose dream of being a mum takes an unexpected turn
The big question
Pregnancy is wonderful, but even under the best circumstances it’s not aIways easy. And for women with arthritis or psoriasis, more than any time in their life, they want to be at their healthy best.
If you are a young woman with arthritis or psoriasis, there’s one question you shouldn’t forget to ask your doctor:
“Can I become a mum in the future?”
The answer will depend on the treatment you’re taking. The important thing is to talk it through with your doctor, even when the idea of becoming a mum seems miles away. Your condition shouldn’t be a barrier to becoming the woman you want to be.
A doctor’s view of the big question you should ask
We talked to Dr. Laura Coates, a consultant rheumatologist working at the University of Oxford, to get her thoughts on ‘The Big Question’.
The Little Guide to Good Questions
The idea of pregnancy can be huge to think about. For some people it’s scary, but for lots of people it’s something they’ve always wanted, even if they’ve been diagnosed with arthritis or psoriasis. Even if pregnancy isn’t what you want right now, if you have arthritis or psoriasis, you might need to give it some thought.
Asking your doctor good questions sooner rather than later will help you make a better plan. Your future self might be glad you did. To help you out, we’ve made a Little Guide to Good Questions that you can download here.
This guide helps to answer questions like ‘does arthritis/psoriasis affect pregnancy’ and ‘how to treat arthritis/psoriasis when pregnant’. Have a read, you might be surprised what questions are important to ask your doctor – you can even take it with you next time you see them.
Share your Little Win of the Day
As part of the #MaybeBaby campaign, we want to encourage everyone to share something they’re proud of achieving, and announce their win on social media. It doesn’t matter how small or large your achievement is. It could be anything from making a cake, to waking up half an hour earlier to go for a nice walk. With the right mindset and attitude, you shouldn’t feel limited by your circumstances but share your achievements with the world.
Get involved and post your achievement on social media with the hashtags #TodaysLittleWin and #MaybeBaby.
The more people we reach, the more women we can help. Nominate three of your nearest and dearest so they can share their wins too.
If you want more detailed information or to connect with other people in a similar situation, our friends at Arthur’s Place have a thriving community and great resources, like Project Mum – you can check them out here. More information is available on the following websites: