Is it safe for me to get pregnant if I have multiple sclerosis?

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Is it safe for me to get pregnant if I have multiple sclerosis (MS)?


A:

Since MS generally strikes a woman during childbearing years, many women with the disease wonder if they should have a baby. Studies show that MS has no adverse effects on the course of pregnancy, labor or delivery; in fact, symptoms often stabilize during pregnancy. Although MS poses no significant risks to a fetus, physical limitations of the mother may make caring for a child more difficult.

Women with MS who are considering having a child should discuss with their health care professionals which drugs to avoid during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. The disease-modifying drugs are not recommended during breast-feeding because it isn't known if they are excreted in breast milk.

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