How multiple sclerosis affects pregnancy

Postpartum and MS

The trouble with getting pregnant and having MS lies in the postpartum period. Mostly within the first six months of postpartum, 20–40 percent of MS patients will relapse. To further complicate postpartum, breastfeeding mothers cannot use most MS medications.

Mothers with MS may need to focus on resting during the first six months after birth, getting help in other daily activities. Aside from this increased relapse, though, mothers do not have a risk of worsening the disease due to pregnancy.

Overall, MS patients can have a safe and successful pregnancy despite their symptoms. With a doctor’s guidance, they can learn to cope with certain pronounced symptoms and may even find their MS improved because of pregnancy. Then, they can enjoy the smiles and cuddles that come with bringing a baby into the world.

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