MS May Flare Up Postpartum, but Nothing You Can’t Handle

Dion W. of Northeast Ohio lost her balance, gained an unstable gait and experienced extreme fatigue about two weeks after she delivered her first baby. “I thought it was just because of the childbirth,” she says. Her doctors quickly determined that it was her multiple sclerosis rearing its ugly head again. Dion was first diagnosed … Read More

Over 35 and Pregnant: Manage Health Risks for You and Baby

One of the problems with aging, at least for women, is their proverbial biological clock. If you want to get pregnant, you really do need to pay attention to it. Many women deflate when they learn that at age 35 or older, they’re considered elderly, at least in reproductive terms. “Advanced maternal age is really … Read More

Mom With MS Finds Childbirth’s Not What She Expected

There are a lot of unknowns going into the delivery room to give birth for the first time. The “what ifs” often can take on a life of their own, even if you’ve had a healthy pregnancy. Dion W. of Northeast Ohio is an exception among those who find themselves a bit fearful. The 35-year-old … Read More

In Vitro Fertilization: Be Prepared to Go All In

For many couples, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the last resort in conceiving a child. If you’re standing on IVF’s doorstep, you’ve probably got a long list of questions and concerns. For most women it boils down to one thing: Will I be able to have a baby? That’s the one question modern medicine can’t … Read More

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Postpartum Planning Is a Must If You Have MS

Women with MS are more likely to suffer from depression than the general population, meaning they also may be at greater risk of the condition after they have a baby. They need to plan ahead with their doctors and watch for mood swings during and after pregnancy, since these can affect care for self and … Read More

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

Several suggested practices – from diet changes to the timing of intercourse – promise to ensure couples will have a baby of a certain gender. But none of them has proven to be successful. In an unassisted pregnancy, the odds of having a baby of either gender remain fairly even at 50 percent. Let’s take a look … Read More

Sperm Banks Increase Your Fertility Options

Infertile couples put a lot of pressure on themselves to make a baby, especially as the months roll by. You have little time or patience for life’s unanticipated events. Your health or travels may interfere with your ability to conceive, but, fortunately, you have options. For men, banking sperm can be a viable alternative. [Tweet … Read More

Breastfeeding Is Best, Even When You Have MS

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital when you have multiple sclerosis adds a whole new dimension to common decisions like whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding are well-known. However, the chance that mom could transmit her medications to her baby via breast milk also is a concern. [Tweet “Is … Read More

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Assess Your Options When Facing Pregnancy Loss

With some pregnancies, everything is fine — until suddenly it isn’t. You hear, “You’ve lost the baby.” And, just like that, you become one of 6.7 million women who are diagnosed annually with subfertility – impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term. It may be old-fashioned, but many couples pursue a … Read More

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

Planning for labor and delivery can be complicated for women who have multiple sclerosis. But the bottom line is the same for all women: A vaginal delivery is usually best. Depending on the status of your MS, you may need to consult with multiple doctors about how best to bring baby into the world. However, … Read More