Multiple Sclerosis & Pregnancy: What You Need To Know
Many women who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – an autoimmune disease that affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. – are convinced that they cannot have children, but the opposite is true. Yes, you face certain risks that women without MS don’t have to deal with, but it is still possible to have a safe, healthy pregnancy. In fact, pregnancy can reduce relapses, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Before getting pregnant, you will need to talk with your doctor about early prenatal care and possibly modifying your treatment to ensure the health and safety of your unborn child. So, what can women with MS expect during pregnancy?
“The first and third trimester of pregnancy could cause a lot of fatigue,” says Dr. Bola Oyeyipo, a family physician in San Antonio, Texas and co-founder of Healthgist.com. “A pregnant woman with MS may be a little more tired so pacing herself, taking frequent breaks and relying on communal support are helpful.”