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What about breastfeeding?
My neurologist was
really cool and told me there will never be hard evidence about pregnancy
and medications because no one would subject herself to that kind of research.
He paired me with another woman treated in the same clinic who was pregnant
when I was. We had totally different views on breastfeeding. I decided
not to. I went back on Betaseron about two days after delivering. My friend
has kind of lied about it. She breastfeeds and doesn't take her prescription.
Maybe the Society can get some discussion going on this.
Will our baby have
Simple risk estimates are oversimplifications which can easily be misinterpreted. The reality is that risk estimates may be very different depending upon family structure. We now know that risks are much higher for families in which MS occurs in multiple relatives than for families in which there is only one affected individual. Risk is also moderated by ethnicity and by other factors we haven't yet pinned down.
Only one study indicated that fathers transmit their family MS risk to children less often than mothers do. Although the National MS Society previously published that information, we should now consider this unconfirmed.
Please remember that individual situations will override these general rules:
In other words, the MS risk is increased and yet 1 out 40 is generally considered to be a relatively low risk.
|Last updated May 2006|