âMultiple Sclerosis most often occurs during childbearing years and many couples are concerned about the consequences of childbirth, it is important to determine whether pregnancy has long term effects on disease course. Pregnancy in multiple sclerosis (MS) is marked by a decrease in relapse activity with a corresponding rebound in the first months postpartum. Because MS typically occurs during childbearing years, it is important to determine the long term effect of pregnancy. When investigating long term effects of pregnancy on disease progression, results are conflicting. Some studies report a long term beneficial effect on MS disease course among women who had children compared to those who did not, but other studies do notâ. Teter B et al., Parity Associated with Long-Term Disease Progression in Women with Multiple Sclerosis.
Journal of Multiple Sclerosis has published several articles investigating the effects of multiple sclerosis on pregnancy and related complications. The journal thus tries to address the authors queries on the effects of this disability on pregnancy.
Last date updated on July, 2014