Are you thinking about getting pregnant in the next year? If so, your rheumatologist would like to know. Some medications are safe while others would need to be stopped long before you start to try to conceive, so your plans would affect which medication is best for you. Pregnancy may affect your disease (sometimes good, sometimes bad), and certain autoimmune diseases can affect the pregnancy in a way that would require close monitoring. The key is to start the discussion early and have a plan in place when you are ready to start. In addition to your provider, and are websites with helpful and reliable information.