It's Safe to Have a Baby if You Have Multiple Sclerosis, Study Finds

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Mothers with MS had more babies born with physical disabilities, but the difference was not statistically significant and further research is needed. Credit: Getty Images

If you have multiple sclerosis, don't worry about having a baby.

According to U.S. News & World Report, a new study confirms pregnancy is generally safe for women with the disease.

The magazine reports Canadian researchers studied 432 births to mothers with multiple sclerosis and 3,000 births to women without the disease between 1998 and 2009. They found no significant differences in either the rate of premature births or the number of low-birth weight infants.

The likelihood of cesarean versus vaginal delivery also was the same. However, mothers with MS had more babies born with physical disabilities, but the difference was not statistically significant and further research is needed, the magazine reports.

"Our finding that MS was not associated with poor pregnancy or birth outcomes should be reassuring to women with MS who are planning to start a family," study author Mia van der Kop, a member of the MS research group at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, tells the magazine.

Her team noted that women with MS were more often overweight or obese, which is associated with greater risk during pregnancy and birth.

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