Multiple Sclerosis While Carrying a Child? The Benefits of Physiotherapy


Multiple Sclerosis While Carrying a Child? The Benefits of Physiotherapy

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. Males are half as likely to have it as females. MS is more frequently discovered in women who are fertile (20 years to 40 years). It doesn't appear that having MS affects your ability to become pregnant. Many women have noticed that their MS symptoms actually improve when they are pregnant. It is possible to have a healthy pregnancy and child if you have MS and receive the right medical care, according to a physiotherapist.

Several MS indicators and symptoms include:

1. Coordination problems and muscle sluggishness

2. A tremor in your arms or legs

3. Tingling or numbness throughout your body, or pain.

4. A lack of equilibrium

5. Disturbed gait (walking) patterns

6. Issues with speech and eyesight

7. Tiredness (feeling tired all the time)

8. Bowel or bladder issues, such as incontinence

9. Memory problems.

10. Depression

Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis

·       Multiple sclerosis symptoms are said to lessen throughout pregnancy and after birth, according to some research. However, the first 3 to 6 months following childbirth may be a time when MS flares are more likely to occur in women. Additionally, the disease's musculoskeletal symptoms may make it physically difficult for women to carry out their pregnancies. For instance, problems during the pushing stage of labour due to the weak pelvic floor and hip muscles. Additionally, occasionally, coordination problems and muscle weakness may make falling more likely.

·       At this point, a multidisciplinary team approach can assist the pregnant lady with MS in managing her symptoms. Based on the objectives of the client and their family as well as the various pregnant symptoms, an OBG physiotherapist will assist in developing an activity programme.

The following are some of the things the women's individually designed fitness regimen will aid them with:

1. Using muscular energy strategies, workouts, and house modifications, achieving independence in ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).

2. Use ambulation techniques along with any necessary assistive aids, such as canes, braces, and walkers.

3. Strengthening and weight-bearing exercises can help to promote muscle strength and endurance.

4. Using the Frenkel coordination exercise programme, improve balance and coordination.

5. Using the pelvic floor rehabilitation programme to treat bowel or bladder incontinence (involuntary leaks of urine and faeces).


It takes a village to raise a child, according to an adage. Building a support system will therefore be quite beneficial in dealing with the emotional or mental issues involved, in addition to receiving the appropriate medical care. For instance, having MS while pregnant may cause extreme stress. Therefore, it will be very helpful, especially during the postnatal period, to have friends and family help you with various duties to conserve your energy.

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