Pregnancy & Childbirth

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The general view among doctors is that 3/4 of women with ME/CFS who become pregnant remain the same or find their symptoms improve. Pregnancy is something that obviously requires a great deal of careful thought and planning and we hope that this leaflet will help you to reach an informed decision.

The general view among doctors that have been involved in the care of women with ME/CFS who have become pregnant is that around three quarters either remain the same or find that their symptoms improve, sometimes quite significantly. But pregnancy is something that obviously requires a great deal of careful thought and planning and we hope that this leaflet will help you to reach an informed decision.

Topics discussed in this leaflet include: What factors need to be considered if you are thinking of becoming pregnant? What  is the effect of pregnancy on the mother's health? Is there any special advice during pregnancy? Is the baby at risk if the mother has ME/CFS? What happens during labour and immediately after birth? What about pain relief during labour? How do mothers with ME/CFS cope after the baby is born? What about the male partner? Research into pregnancy and ME/CFS.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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