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How should I prepare to give birth if I have multiple sclerosis?

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Chances are, you’ll be able to give birth just like any other woman. If you can’t push because of fatigue or weakness, your doctor may use special tools to help you deliver naturally, or you might need a C-section. You might not know when labor starts if you’ve lost feeling in your pelvis. In that case, your doctor will watch you more closely in the last month. She may want to put you in labor. Medicines to block pain are safe for people with MS. If you want one, tell your doctor.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society:  “Pregnancy and MS: Kara’s Story,” “Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues,” “Pregnancy, Delivery, and the Postpartum Period.”  

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Pregnancy Q and A.”

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis,” “Pregnancy For Women With Multiple Sclerosis.”

Medscape.com: “Expert Tips for Managing Pregnancy in MS.” 

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy,” “Urinary Tract Infections.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society:  “Pregnancy and MS: Kara’s Story,” “Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues,” “Pregnancy, Delivery, and the Postpartum Period.”  

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Pregnancy Q and A.”

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis,” “Pregnancy For Women With Multiple Sclerosis.”

Medscape.com: “Expert Tips for Managing Pregnancy in MS.” 

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy,” “Urinary Tract Infections.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

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