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MS and Pregnancy/Birth
Here is My Question:
My mother went blind in her eye for a few weeks after giving birth to me, and this was how she was diagnosed with MS. I have always wanted an expert opinion on whether the MS was caused by my birth, or whether the MS would have been there, dormant, beforehand. I don't feel like there is a clear answer I can find on the internet anywhere and I wonder if you would be able to answer it or point me in the right direction.
MS flare ups are not caused by birth. However MS usually improves during pregnancy (less symptoms or relapses) and there is an increased risk post partum (in the months following a birth) of MS relapses flaring up.
MS is an autoimmune disease and the hormone fluctuations that occur during and after pregnancy have an effect on the course of the immune system and MS.
Benjamin Osborne, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinic
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic
Associate Director of the NIH/Georgetown Neurology Residency Program
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW 7PHC
Washington, DC 20007
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