Medical Q&As

Pregnant - disease risk?

Is it safe for a pregnant woman to come in contact with a person with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes is the answer to your question. Rheumatoid arthritis is not a communicable disease, which means that you cannot pass it on to somebody else. It is a disease process that arises within an individual and is not transmitted. A potential threat may exist if a pregnant woman comes in contact with another person with an infectious disease but even in that case the infectious agent has to be transmitted to the pregnant woman. In other words there is no risk for the pregnant woman to be in the company of an infected person. She also has to acquire the infection. No risk exists for the mother or foetus in the scenario you have outlined.