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Study finds multiple sclerosis presents no added pregnancy risk

Study finds multiple sclerosis presents no added pregnancy risk
27th June 2011

New research shows that maternal multiple sclerosis presents no additional risk to the health of a baby.

According to researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in Vancouver, Canada, multiple sclerosis (MS) is not associated with adverse delivery outcomes or risk to children.

This is an important study, as previous research has established that one-third of women go on to give birth after the onset of the disease.

"Our finding that MS was not associated with poor pregnancy or birth outcomes should be reassuring to women with MS who are planning to start a family," said lead researcher Dr Helen Tremlett.

She did go on to warn, however, that mothers with MS are "more often overweight", which in itself presents added risk during pregnancy.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America recently launched a free smartphone application to help people living with the condition to manage their care and keep track of their medical updates.

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