Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery

Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery

Pregnancy does not seem to speed up or worsen MS. In many cases, MS symptoms decrease or even go away during pregnancy. MS relapses may also be unlikely during pregnancy. This is due to pregnancy hormones. They cause the immune system to work to protect the unborn baby. This makes MS less active, but MS tends to get more active right after childbirth.

If you have an MS relapse during pregnancy, your care team may prescribe corticosteroids. These medications are considered safest in the second and third trimesters.

During pregnancy, your care team will monitor your MS and the baby’s health closely. You may need more prenatal visits compared to patients without MS.

MS may make childbirth more difficult. The disease can affect the muscles and nerves you will use to push. You may need a Cesarean delivery (C-section). Or, rarely, your clinician may use forceps or a vacuum during childbirth. Know that all forms of anesthesia are considered safe during labor and birth.

Discuss your birth plans with your care team.