The typical age of onset of multiple sclerosis means that many women who are diagnosed with MS are starting a family or contemplating having more children.

A person with MS has an increased risk of having a child who will develop MS, however, the risk is small.

Some factors you might consider when making your family / Whānau plans

  • Relapses are less likely to occur while pregnant, but there is an increased risk of a relapse in the three to six months following a pregnancy


  • Overall, pregnancy does not have a significant effect on the course of MS
  • Pregnancy is best avoided while taking most disease modifying therapies


  • Consult your GP, neurologist or MS nurse about family planning and pregnancy, particularly if you are taking any medication for your MS


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