Pregnant with MS?

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ebarb
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   Posted 2/28/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering how many of you got pregnant after you were diagnosed with MS and how your pregnancies went. I am 24, waiting in limbo to find out if I will be diagnosed or not. I have a 6 year old daughter and we really want to have another baby. Currently I am on 2 different prescriptions for nerve pain, both of which I would have to stop taking if I wanted to become pregnant. Has anyone stopped taking nerve pain medicine to become pregnant? How were your symptoms? I just wanted to hear from some people that have experience with this! Thank you so much in advance for your input!

Elaina

rhondab
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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Elaina

I don't have ms nor did i have any of my girls after having these symptoms begin, but i can tell u what others have said. Many report a 'suspension' of symptoms and an overall feeling of being better during the preg. Some may continue that after the preg is complete or may begin to feel those same things start back up again. As is the nature of the disease...u may also have an increase in symptom persistence or even new symptoms, but that can happen at any time with ms. Talk to u'r doc and thoroughly go over everything with him/her. Question everything u'r not sure of. I hope u find that this will be ok and that u and u'r husband can enjoy a sweet new baby!
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tkelly3287
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   Posted 3/4/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have talked extensively with my neuro about this. They say when you get pregnant is key. Do not get pregnant while having a flare. The theory is how you feel when you first get pregnant will be how the pregnancy will go. Also, they think that the hormones that your body releases while pregnant naturally keeps away relapses. The downside to this is when you give birth and your levels go down drastically you are more likely to relapse. So the number one thing I have been told is to be prepared. Come off your meds in advance and get on prenatals. I had my daughter and did not know I had MS. I had a major relapse after she was born.. I could not walk. Everyone thought I was being a baby but i was really sick. Now I know. We hope to start trying again in the near future and if I do give birth my neuro will come to the hospital to examine me to decide if I need steroids or anything else. I will also be hiring a nurse for the first 2 weeks to be on hand for me.... please message me if you need anymore questions answered on this topic as I have researched it like crazy!!! good luck!!

ebarb
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   Posted 3/12/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!  I have been researching this topic as well.  But we have decided that we will not try to get pregnant until we find out for sure what is going on with me.  My doctor is leaning towards MS, but has not officially diagnosed me.  We are in the wait and see phase right now.  I am going back to him at the end of May and I will ask him about getting pregnant then.  My mom has a friend with MS and after she had her baby she had a major relapse and ended up in a wheelchair and has been unable to walk since.  So that really scares my mom when she thinks about me having a baby!
 
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Elaina
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