Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects young adults (generally between 20 and 50 years), damaging the brain and spinal cord. The multiple sclerosis symptoms are weakness, tingling, numbness, blurred vision, muscle stiffness, thinking problems and urinary problems.

Most commonly affects women in a ratio of 3: 2. The possible outbreaks of disease in women coincides with childbearing, so the issue of motherhood is particularly important.

In the past doctors tended to discouraged patients with multiple sclerosis to get pregnant, whereas this could negatively influence the disease. Epidemiological studies have shown that the period of pregnancy is “relatively protected” from relapses (which are reduced by about 50%), while increasing the risk of outbreaks over a period of six months after delivery. So, women with multiple sclerosis are as likely to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy as anyone else, but some difficulties that must be kept in mind.

Tips for a healthy pregnancy in women with multiple sclerosis

Before pregnancy, if you’re thinking being pregnant, let your doctor know, because many multiple sclerosis medications are contraindicated in pregnancy. You can join any MS support group and plan with your family and friends your future. It is important to involve the couple to evaluate her various factors and make a decision together.

During pregnancy, the multiple sclerosis symptoms seems to ease for many women. So if you get a reprieve, enjoy it. You should follow a good treatment, considering that most treatments for multiple sclerosis are contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation, so you must consult your doctor. Finally, plan your delivery, because you may have a higher likelihood of a C-section.

After birth, it is possible that women with multiple sclerosis suffer from a new outbreak of the disease and, therefore, in this case it is important to provide support to care for the child. In this successive-natal period, the risk of relapse is slightly increased compared to a woman who has not given birth.

Don’t let that Multiple Sclerosis worry you. If, after talking with your doctor and partner, you still feel ready, don’t let Multiple Sclerosis stop you.