Madison
70° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Is pregnancy safe if you have MS?

Published On: Jan 02 2014 10:59:13 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 11:20:21 AM CST
pregnant, mother, woman

istock

By Mayo Clinic News Network

There is no evidence that multiple sclerosis (MS) causes fertility problems. There is also no evidence that it increases the likelihood of spontaneous abortions, stillbirths or birth defects.

Most women's MS symptoms actually lessen or disappear during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. Overall, women with MS can expect to have normal fertility rates and pregnancies.

However, some women with walking problems, infrequent bowel movements, loss of bladder or bowel control, and fatigue may experience more of these MS symptoms during pregnancy. If this is the case for you, try using tools and equipment, such as wheelchairs, to help perform tasks and activities.

About 30 percent of women with untreated MS will have a relapse within three months after delivery, but this will probably not contribute to long-term disability.

Drugs designed to slow down MS progression (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs) are not approved for use during pregnancy. They are also not recommended for breast-feeding mothers. If you take these drugs, talk with your doctor about your plans to get pregnant.

Steroids for acute MS episodes can be used during pregnancy, but they should be carefully monitored during breast-feeding.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/expert-answers/ms-site/FAQ-20057956

Advertisement
  • Lethal injection

    Reuters

    History of the death penalty in America

    The alleged botched execution of Arizona prison inmate Joseph Wood has put capital punishment -- specifically, the manner in which criminals are executed -- back in the spotlight. Take a look at the history of the death penalty in America.

  • Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Reasons why Pope Francis is cool

    Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. in Sept., to head the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Take a look at the many reasons why Pope Francis is cool.

  • smile

    istock

    Happiest/unhappiest U.S. cities

    It seems that residents of Louisiana are some of the happiest people in the country, and New Yorkers remain some of the unhappiest, according to a new report. Take a look at the happiest - and unhappiest - U.S. cities.

Advertisement