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For pregnant women with MS or epilepsy, some good news

November 19, 2009 | 10:16 am

Researchers at Stanford University have found that women with multiple sclerosis or epilepsy have only a slightly higher risk of abnormal fetal growth and C-section delivery compared with women without the conditions. Let's repeat, only a slightly higher risk. Nor do they appear to suffer a higher rate of other complications compared with pregnant women in general.

Here's ...

The news release from Stanford University.

The abstract from the study, based on an analysis of a large national database and published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

And more on pregnancy and MS (from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society) and on pregnancy and epilepsy (from the Epilepsy Foundation).

Both MS and epilepsy are relatively common in women of child-bearing years. And the findings should provide some reassurance to those with the conditions who are pregnant -- or contemplating becoming so.

-- Tami Dennis