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Fertility and Pregnancy in Multiple Sclerosis

Having Multiple Sclerosis does not have an effect on fertility: men and women with Multiple Sclerosis have the same chances of having a child as do people who do not have Multiple Sclerosis.  Pregnancy does not make relapses (attacks) worse. Relapses are uncommon during pregnancy; however, relapses are more frequent the first three months after delivery. Pregnancy also does not have an effect on Multiple Sclerosis progressing. Women with Multiple Sclerosis have the same chances of miscarriage, eclampsia, premature delivery, or still birth as do women who do not have Multiple Sclerosis.  Some researchers have also found that there is also no effect of having an epidural or breastfeeding on Multiple Sclerosis relapses. Certain medications are harmful to take while pregnant. It is advised that women who have Multiple Sclerosis should not take any medications while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Additional resources that provide more information on fertility and pregnancy in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (this provides an overview and information on pregnancy) (Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian)

Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Is it Safe to get Pregnant? (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America)