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Multiple sclerosis and pregnancy risks 'very small'

Multiple sclerosis and pregnancy risks 'very small'
20th November 2009

Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who are pregnant or thinking about having a baby have been provided with good news by a new study from the US.

The research, which was introduced through the Nobember 18th copy of science journal Neurology, showed that pregnant women with multiple sclerosis are only slightly more likely to have a caesarean section when it comes to delivery.

Furthermore, preeclampsia and high blood pressure problems are also no higher than for women in the general population, according to the study.

Author of the research Eliza Chakravarty of Stanford University School of Medicine said that the results were very reassuring for a number of women across the world.

She continued: "Women and their doctors have been uncertain about the effect of MS on pregnancy, and some women have chosen to delay or even avoid pregnancy due to the uncertainty. We found that women with MS did not have an increased risk of most pregnancy complications."

Multiple sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and affects around 100,000 people in the UK, according to the MS Society.

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