Childbirth May Slow Progression of Multiple Sclerosis Advancing

Black patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) may see their disease progress more quickly than it does for any other race. However, new research suggests, having children may slow down the progression of MS.

Belgian researchers followed 330 women who had experienced their first MS symptoms between the ages of 22 and 38. Women who had given birth to at least one child were 34 percent less likely to have the disease progress to a stage in which they needed walking assistance, such as a cane or brace, than women without children.