Oct 17, 2003

The interaction of MS and pregnancy: a critical review

International MS Journal
E DwoshA D Sadovnick


Previous research on the effects of pregnancy on multiple sclerosis (MS) is somewhat flawed, and well-controlled, well-designed studies are needed to validate trial findings. In general, pregnancy appears to have a protective effect on MS course, with fewer, less severe relapses, especially in the third trimester. The exacerbation rate is increased in the first 3 months after delivery, but the overall relapse rate is no different to that observed in non-pregnant MS patients. A woman's past history of relapses may be the best indicator of clinical course during and immediately after pregnancy. Pregnancy does not appear to affect the long-term course of MS.

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Multiple Sclerosis, Acute Relapsing
Pregnancy Complications
MS gene
Multiple Sclerosis
Estrogen Effect
Recurrent Disease

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