Multiple sclerosis does not affect a woman’s pregnancy as well as the delivery of a healthy child. However, it can be very difficult for pregnant women to cope with both multiple sclerosis and the course of pregnancy. Based on researches, the second and third trimester of pregnancy can reduce the risk of having multiple sclerosis attacks or episodes. This is due to the fact that more hormones become active during the course of pregnancy.
However, some studies have also shown the increase of experiencing several attacks after giving birth. Neurologists found that women suffering from this disease usually experienced increased number of episodes after giving birth. For this, experts can counter the risk by prescribing intravenous immunoglobulin to the mother right after giving birth. Neurologists may also prescribed intravenous corticosteroid to serve the same purpose.
Various studies have shown that these medications can lower the risk of having relapses after giving birth. Research has also shown that babies born from parents who are afflicted with this will most likely develop the same condition but this is at 2% rate.
Managing Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy
If you are planning to raise a family but you are worried because you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, the best thing that you can do is to discuss it with your physician. Seek medical advice prior to getting pregnant so that you are aware of the risk factors, the possible consequences and the preventive measures that you can take to be able to manage multiple sclerosis and pregnancy. The visit with a physician should be done with your partner or you have to make sure that you let your partner know everything so that he can help you with your plans and in managing your condition. As mentioned, the condition may become worse after pregnancy so you have to make sure that you are financially ready for this prior to getting pregnant. (more…)