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If I have MS, can I still safely get pregnant?

Since multiple sclerosis (MS) generally strikes a woman during childbearing years, many women with the disease wonder if they can safely get pregnant. Studies show that MS has no adverse effects on the course of pregnancy, labor or delivery. In fact, MS symptoms often stabilize during pregnancy. Although MS poses no significant risks to a fetus, physical limitations of the mother may make caring for a child more difficult. Also, women with MS who are considering having a child should discuss with their health care professionals which drugs to avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The disease-modifying drugs are not recommended during breastfeeding because it isn't known if they are excreted in breast milk.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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