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An_251377 posted:
wondering what would pregnancy do to someone with early onset of ms?
Neil S Lava, MD responded:
Women with MS tend to do very well during pregnancy. The immune system attack is reduced (by changes in hormones) and it is rare for a woman to have an exacerbation during pregnancy. After the delivery, as the hormonal changes normalize the risk of an attack returns to baseline and by around the 4th month post delivery there is a slightly greater risk of having an exacerbation.
We usually ask our patients to stop their MS medications around a month before starting to try to get pregnant and then restart the medications after delivery o rif they decide to breast feed, after they stop breast feeding.