MS and pregnancy: fact or fiction?

There are many misconceptions surrounding pregnancy in women with MS. Here are the facts:

  • MS is more prevalent in women of childbearing age than in any other group.
  • There is no evidence that MS impairs fertility or leads to an increased number of birth defects or stillbirths.
  • Pregnancy, labour, and delivery are no different in women with MS than in women without the disease.
  • Pregnancy will not make symptoms worse in women with MS. In fact, the number of MS exacerbations (worsening of symptoms) is reduced during pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters.
  • Studies have shown no increased risk of relapse in women with MS who breast-feed.
  • The risk that your baby will develop MS is 1% to 5%, depending on the baby's sex and on which parent has the disease.

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