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Is it harmful to the pregnant woman with multiple sclerosis is she has a baby?

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Dr. Michael Olek
Neurology
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In brief: No

There is no harm to mother or child of a pregnant patient with multiple sclerosis.
There is no increase in the relapse rate with anesthesia or c-section. Actually, the relapse rate drops during pregnancy.

In brief: No

There is no harm to mother or child of a pregnant patient with multiple sclerosis.
There is no increase in the relapse rate with anesthesia or c-section. Actually, the relapse rate drops during pregnancy.
Dr. Michael Olek
Dr. Michael Olek
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In brief: No, is protective

Pregnancy results in a protective state with less relapses and progression until about 6 weeks postpartum, when there is need to reinstitute a disease modifying agent.

In brief: No, is protective

Pregnancy results in a protective state with less relapses and progression until about 6 weeks postpartum, when there is need to reinstitute a disease modifying agent.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
The third trimester can be challenging for a woman with MS who also has muscle weakness and balance problems. The added weight of the pregnancy can make some symptoms feel worse, but that's different from a relapse.
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