Can pregnancy in a woman with MS harm the unborn child

There is speculation that fertility is reduced in patients with MS and that the rate of spontaneous abortion is increased in the first trimester of pregnancy. There is no evidence or expectation that MS directly affects the unborn child. However, from the information collected in the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) database, the interferonbeta treatments for MS (Betaseron, Avonex, and Rebif) do pose an increased risk of birth defects in the unborn child.

The increased risk of MS in the child is another issue that has already been discussed. This is a genetic issue and is unrelated to whether the mother was diagnosed prior to the pregnancy.



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