Pregnancy & Childbirth


The general view among doctors is that 3/4 of women with M.E. who become pregnant remain the same or find their symptoms improve. This leaflet explains what we know of pregnancy and childbirth and should help with your own deliberations.


“The general view among doctors that have been involved in the care of women with M.E. 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 M.E.?
  • What happens during labour and immediately after birth?
  • What about pain relief during labour?
  • How do mothers with M.E. cope after the baby is born?
  • What about the male partner?
  • Research into pregnancy and M.E.

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.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.