Multiple sclerosis is most commonly diagnosed in women who are of child-bearing age . As such, patients diagnosed with MS are frequently interested in the topics of fertility, pregnancy, motherhood, and disease. Since the incidence of MS can be affected by hormones , it is understandable that women with MS may have concerns.
What is the effect of MS on fertility?
According to the National MS Society, no evidence suggests that MS impairs fertility or leads to a higher number of spontaneous abortions, stillbirths or birth defects. Results from various studies have shown that women who have MS do not experience any more complications related to pregnancy, labor or delivery than women without the disease. However, one study did suggest that MS-related fatigue, weakness of abdominal muscles, or the inability to feel contractions may make a women more likely to require a Caesarean delivery or the use of forceps during delivery.
Does pregnancy have an effect on MS?
In a previ...
Pregnancy Tracker: 2 weeks postpartum Size of the Baby: A little over 8 pounds Biggest Obstacle: Getting enough sleep! For the past year, I've tested my blood sugar an average of 15 times per day, sometimes less, often times more. My blood glucose monitor has been my constant companion, accompanying me to work, going to the pool, and causing me distress when I lost it on Thanksgiving Day. Throughout my pregnancy, I received daily confirmation that I was taking care of myself and the baby when my blood sugars remained in range. When I arrived at the hospital to deliver baby Sienna, I relinquished control over my blood sugar management to the nursing staff. My insulin was delivered via an IV and my blood glucose was tested on the hour throughout labor. It was a relief to let go of that concern, so that I could focus on having the baby! ( Read Kelsey's story of the birth .) My blood sugars stayed between 69 mg/dl and 119 mg/dl for the entire...
When I read Gina's post regarding planning for a diabetic pregnancy , it was a trip down memory lane for me. Very timely as well, since I'm starting to think about my next pregnancy! Obviously, having already traversed the challenges of a pregnancy complicated by type 1 diabetes, I'm feeling confident that I can do it again.
There were several practices that I had to master during my preconception and pregnancy phases, which I believed helped me to keep my blood sugars stable and my A1C below 6%.
First of all, restricting my carbohydrate intake was key, especially during the morning hours. We all have dawn phenomenon going on to one degree or another, and pregnancy hormones make the morning insulin resistance worse. Thus, restricting my carbohydrates to 15 grams at both breakfast and my morning snack helped tremendously. Also, during my pregnancy, I discovered how much better I felt when I ate eggs for breakfast, rather than cereal or o...
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