Pregnancy & Childbirth

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Postpartum Planning Is a Must If You Have MS

Tags: MS, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy

Moms with multiple sclerosis should plan to have extra help when they first bring baby home. Risk is real for relapse, mood changes, more fatigue than moms without MS.

Expecting girl or boy

Boy or Girl — Can You Choose Your Baby’s Gender?

Tags: fertility, in vitro fertilization, pregnancy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), sperm

The methods offered to help you control the gender of your baby are old wives’ tales at best, but it doesn’t hurt to learn what harmful practices you should avoid.

Nicole with family

Sperm Banks Increase Your Fertility Options

Tags: infertility, infertility treatments, pregnancy, sperm banking

A military couple learns the husband is being deployed. He banks sperm so the woman can continue trying to get pregnant while he’s overseas. Find out how banking sperm can increase fertility options.

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Male Infertility: Helping You Sort Fact From Fiction

Tags: drugs, electronics, fertility, infertility, male infertility, marijuana, pregnancy, smartphones, smoking, sperm, spern health, steroids, tobacco

There are many common misunderstandings about the causes of male infertility. Here’s your chance to learn what’s real and what’s myth.

Dion with baby

Breastfeeding Is Best, Even When You Have MS

Tags: breastfeeding, MS, multiple sclerosis

Moms with multiple sclerosis don’t have to miss the benefits of breastfeeding, experts say. Just be sure to discuss MS medications with your doctors.

Nicole and family

Assess Your Options When Facing Pregnancy Loss

Tags: infertility, infertility treatments, miscarriage, pregnancy

A miscarriage can be devastating, but it’s not necessarily the last word. Despite setbacks, some couples have a baby after trying multiple medical treatments. Learn more about your options.

Dion and baby

Vaginal Delivery Best Option for Moms-to-be With MS

Tags: c-section, childbirth, MS, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy

As with most pregnancies, a vaginal birth is best for women with multiple sclerosis, but there are times a C-section is in order. Fortunately, those with MS don’t have to forego anesthesia.

Nicole with family

Treating Infertility: Roller Coaster of Emotions

Tags: infertility, infertility treatments, intrauterine insemination, IUI

Couples cope with an emotional roller coaster during infertility treatments. Intrauterine insemination can be an all-consuming process which demands careful timing and tries the patience. Learn more.

Dion and family

MS Relapse During Pregnancy: Can It Happen to You?

Tags: MS, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy

MS relapses, though relatively rare, can occur during pregnancy. Check with your doctor for what to watch for and best treatment options.

baby Violet

Hospital Details Make a Difference for the Mom-to-Be

Tags: breastfeeding, childbirth, kangaroo care

Birthing centers offer many options and choices. The hospital one 39-year-old woman chose embraced best practices, including 24/7 ob/gyn coverage, kangaroo care, and the Baby-Friendly designation.