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How Has MS Affected Your Family Planning or Your Pregnancy?

























By Trevis Gleason

For many years, there’s been anecdotal evidence that multiple sclerosis activity can slow — and some symptoms even improve — during pregnancy. The evidence was so strong that a multiyear study of the effect of hormone therapy to mimic pregnancy has been undertaken to test whether higher levels of a type of estrogen is behind this phenomenon.

As a man — even a man with MS — I have no way to experience this firsthand. As an “enlightened” man, I wouldn’t even try to comment on it. I suppose it’s not unlike the blog we posted on MS and menopause a number of years ago. I simply cannot make any informed personal statement on the subject … so I’ll look to you to do it.

I ran into a young woman I know who lives with multiple sclerosis the other day and found out that she is joyfully expecting this autumn. So I thought this might be a good subject for me to open and then simply step aside and allow the women who read and comment on our blogs to take over.

The Effect of MS on Family Planning
Deciding when or if to start a family is a big decision. The unwelcome addition of MS into the heap of considerations that go into this decision may be something a young woman reading this blog is thinking about right now. You can help.

  • Did multiple sclerosis come into your family-planning decisions?
  • Did your MS medication come into play?
The Effect of MS on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
If you’ve been pregnant:

  • How were your MS symptoms during your pregnancy? Did they improve or abate during pregnancy?
  • Did you experience any pregnancy complications that you attribute to your MS?
  • After your baby was born, was your MS different from how it was before you got pregnant?
  • Were there medications you had to avoid if you wanted to breastfeed your child?

Share Your Personal Experiences
So many questions! I know there are professional medical responses to some of these questions, but I think the experiences you can share would be equally valuable to someone thinking about having a child while living with multiple sclerosis.

I (and they) are counting on you to share your experiences.

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