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MS and Pregnancy

Personal stories about childbirth, interviews with healthcare professionals, updates on genetics, answers to frequently asked questions, a helpful pre-postpartum checklist, a discussion on breastfeeding, the disease-modifying drugs, and more.

Pregnancy: An Overview
About MS and fertility, pregnancy, the postpartum period, special concerns, and more


Surprise, Surprise
"I'm p … p … pregnant!"

 The Main Event
Experts in MS answer a host of questions about pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding, and the new MS drugs
 The Motherhood Decision
What goes into the decision to have children?
 A Pre-Postpartum Checklist
Plan now, and avoid some bumps

Hot Button Issues
"What about breastfeeding?" and "Will our baby have MS?


PageServer?pagename=HOM_RES_research_2006july27 Disputing Earlier Findings, New Study Reports Men and Women with MS Transmit the Disease Equally to Their Children
 Hormones: The Basic Facts

Pregnancy Hormone Holds Hope for Treatment
Preliminary findings might develop into a pill for MS

 Umbilical Cord Blood Donation

Did you know?
Pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the incidence of fetal complications are no different in women who have MS than control groups without the disease.

The number of MS exacerbations is reduced during pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters.

Women who have MS and are taking Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Rebif, or any other medications, should discuss their plans to become pregnant with their prescribing physician(s).
Bladder and bowel problems, which occur in all pregnant women, may be aggravated in women with MS who have preexisting urinary or bowel dysfunction.
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Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families

Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families
by Rosalind C. Kalb, PhD
Order through Demos Publishing



Personal Experiences

"Having a baby when you have MS is like having triplets for a person without MS. I have a very supportive family. My husband and parents are wonderful. Without them I could not be doing this. "
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"After having three uneventful and healthy pregnancies, the journey that began on my fourth pregnancy brought me to places I never thought I'd go emotionally, physically, and spiritually."
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"I met with my neurologist, and told her of my decision. She was not happy and not supportive at all. She told me that I would relapse during pregnancy, and I told her that I was willing to endure anything, because I desperately wanted a child."
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Clinical Bulletin For Professionals

Print out the documents below and share it with your heathcare provider.
PDF format.

Pregnancy, Delivery, and the Post Partum Period
Information For Women With MS To Share With Their Physicians

Reproductive Issues in Persons with MS

The Role of Hormones in MS

Pregnancy Registries for the Interferon Beta Products Prescribed for Women with MS
The FDA issued guidelines requiring the manufacturers of Avonex, Betaseron, and Rebif to develop pregnancy registries to monitor women who have taken one of these drugs within a week of becoming pregnant or while they were pregnant.
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  Last updated July 25, 2007