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pregnant and after some advice

Hi

recently I found out I was pregnant which I am very happy about

I had my first midwife appointment last week and she told me that I would be high risk

due to having multiple sclerosis and that I will also have a consultant aswell as her all through

my pregnancy, this is my first child. I was wondering if anyone else had a consultant as well as a midwife and

what are they there for, will I be able to give birth natural or will they say a c-section

any advice would be appreciated

thanks

Hi I wouldn’t worry at all as they will often give you a consultant for quite minor risk factors. I had my children before my MS dx, but was still classed as high risk and given a consultant due to having previously had IVF (although my children were actually both natural pregnancies!). It’s actually a good thing - you’ll have some of you antenatal appts with the consultant instead of the midwife just to check things more thoroughly, but otherwise things will progress as for a normal risk pregnancy. Both my children were natural births. I would guess that they may have a c-section ready as an option if one of your MS symptoms is serious fatigue, but I know that it would only be suggested to you if they really felt it was necessary. They do prefer natural births if they can! Good luck and congratulations! X

PS in total I saw my consultant twice for each pregnancy and got an extra scan at 34 weeks as a bonus lol!!!

I had my two pre dx, but I’ve seen various lots of research on pregnancy, labour and MS and, apart from a bit of an increase in intervention during labour (e.g. forceps), I don’t think there’s anything to worry about - there’s certainly no reason to have to have a C section.

We have perfectly healthy babies just as often as non-MSers and pregnancy is generally good for us :slight_smile:

I hope it all goes really well :slight_smile:

Karen x

Despite my chart being stamped with ‘consultant’ and. Being told I was classed as high risk because of ms and been 41, I never saw my named consultant, had a 17 hour labour followed by an emergency c-section as so exhausted…I wud definitely go c-section again

Hi,

Congratulations ! I’m sure you must be very happy - yet a bit worried about what is to come.

I know everyone’s experiences and outcomes of MS are different but it might comfort you to know that my experiences of being pregnant and giving birth whilst having MS were wonderful ! It was my third pregnancy (at 38) but first after being diagnosed with MS.

During this pregnancy I was well, with no symptoms of MS - I was able to walk for miles and apart from the usual baby tiredness, fatigue wasn’t a problem. I had two other children who needed my attention and the MS wasn’t even considered !

I had no contact with an MS specialist but regular midwife checks. The birth was the best of the three - and the most emotional - natural with no problems… Our son was the ‘icing on on the cake’ for our family. I had the usual help from family and friends with the new baby, but nothing special - we just got on with it.

There’s currently MS research on the hormones produced during pregnancy, since many women with MS have reported their symptoms ‘disappearing’. If you google Estrinol in MS there’s a lot of information.

So, good luck - I hope all goes well for you.

My best wishes to you - try not to worry too much - enjoy your pregnancy and relax knowing that you are being looked after by a consultant. My MS started when l became pregnant - and l had a healthy baby 8lb 8oz. The only advice l can give - is make sure you take a high dose vitd3/vit b12/magnesium to keep you and baby as well as you can. l am sure my low vitd3 level was one of the contributors to my ms. When pregnant the baby will take all the nutrients it needs from you - so do supplement. Especially, if you are going to breast-feed. l had a epidural for my birth - and l was fine - l think a C Section would take your body much longer to recover from.

F.

Thank you for the posts means alot now I can be a little more reassured about everything

Hi, you should be fine. I won’t go through my experience as it was not great however nothing to do with the m.s at all. I was assigned a consultant however this made no difference so my experience of having one was not a great one as my experience actually could have been prevented and still wasn’t even though I was high risk. You on the other hand will have a wonderful experience and have to say the birth itself was fab, hurt a wee bit :wink: but was the most amazing experience. It was after that was not so good. In the plus side considering what I experienced my m.s behaved, no relapse, usual tiredness but nothing major …I took longer to recover but again not due to m.s. I did fine, slept often when my lil boy did and I do advise that. The jobs will wait hun. My m.s has started going a little downhill but again nothing major and my little boy is nearly four. And without him my life would be dull for sure and he keeps me positive, keeps my chin up and makes me smile when I’m maybe not having such a great day. Take care and don’t worry…you’ll be fine with a natural birth I’m sure. And huge congratulations :slight_smile: enjoy, I loved being pregnant! X x x

Congrats, I have been told by my other half that child birth is like running a marathon (I did do marathons, she did the child birth). You spend nine months preparing your body for it so recovery after is better. The actual birth is over quickly in comparison to the endless joy after!

With my nursing hat on - just because you are under a consultant does not demean the midwife care you will receive. It would be the same as having surgery with having any high risk condition, they will keep a closer eye on your condition as well as the pregnancy.

I had really good birth experiences and no bad effects on my MS. The consultant I saw at the time said that he had often seen this. I started going downhill when my youngest was three. I would reiterate the advice above to google estriol, a hormone your body only makes during pregnancy. This changes how your immune system works and seems to have beneficial effects of the course of MS. I’m waiting for an appointment to discuss taking it as a protective measure - will be posting on here about what happens.

Hi, I am also currently pregnant and was referred to 2 different consultants as well as my midwife, one for my MS and one as my nephew was born with Pierre Robins sequence which is classed as a possible genetic complication so I was being very well looked after and at my last appt they said they were happy for me to continue midwifery led care and to only come back if I had any issues with my MS. Hope this helps to calm your fears, take care of yourself and baba x

Hi, I am also currently pregnant and was referred to 2 different consultants as well as my midwife, one for my MS and one as my nephew was born with Pierre Robins sequence which is classed as a possible genetic complication so I was being very well looked after and at my last appt they said they were happy for me to continue midwifery led care and to only come back if I had any issues with my MS. Hope this helps to calm your fears, take care of yourself and baba x

Hi. Congratulations! I have 2 children, both after MS started but before diagnosis. Pregnancy years were relapse free. The first birth was an utterly exhausting ‘normal’ delivery. I recovered far more quickly from the semi emergency c-section needed for my second. With hindsight I’d have had a c-section for both (I was offered with my first as labour was soo long…). Listen to their advice, I found the midwives who had children themselves the most realistic about what I needed. Then, remember to go with your instincts. I felt pressured to avoid a c-section the first time as a ‘normal’ delivery is ‘better’. You wouldn’t know which had which looking at my kids! Above all, enjoy your pregnancy and don’t worry. Maybe your symptoms will even improve as an added bonus! I’m sure they’re just being cautious to cover themselves. Ann