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Will my baby grow up to have multiple sclerosis if I have multiple sclerosis?

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Will your baby grow up to have MS? It’s a common concern for many parents-to-be. MS does have some genetic links, but the adult children of parents with the condition have a 96% chance of not having it.

From: Have a Healthy Pregnancy With MS WebMD Medical Reference

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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