How does muscular dystrophy affect pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

When it comes to pregnancy, there are several complications for a woman with muscular dystrophy. One of the most prominent complications is that because the woman obviously carries the genetic mutation for the disease, there's a greater chance that her child will also have the disease. Some women with muscular dystrophy may wish to have their babies tested for the disease while in the womb. Because of muscle weakness in areas that affect delivery-such as the abdomen, back, and uterus-women with muscular dystrophy may require a Caesarean section. For women whose muscular dystrophy affects their hearts, pregnancy is not advised. In all cases, it's important to have a team of doctors who are familiar with treating women with muscular dystrophy-especially at the time of delivery-in order to ensure the best possible outcome for the mother and baby.

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