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A 43-year-old female asked:

Im 43, 6wks pregnant , suffer from ms which aint to good at the moment, and a smoker should i abbort?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Consider below: First, pregnancy is protective from the ravages of ms, and both MRI lesions and relapses decrease during pregnancy. 2. If you were to have a flare, you could be safely and successfully treated with ivig. 3. Make sure you have adequate levels of vitamins d and b-12 in your body. 4. Stop smoking, as bad for baby and makes ms worse! 5. See ms specialist!
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Having extra folate would be helpful also.
Sep 16, 2012
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree, forgot the important folate supplement.
Sep 16, 2012
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Only you can answer: No physician, particularly one who does not know you or your family could possibly answer this question. You should speak with your neurologist at length about the potential effects of the pregnancy on your ms, and the potential for ms drugs to affect the pregnancy. If the baby's father is your partner, he needs to be part of the decision as well. What you truly want is the right answer for you.

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