I was diagnosed with RRMS 3 years ago at the age of 31. I had been experiencing numbness on the left side of my body for months and MRIs showed lesions everywhere. I remember feeling relieved for a brief moment because it wasn’t a brain tumor. My relief quickly faded after I asked the Neurologist if I should continue to try to have a baby. (My husband and I had been trying to conceive with no luck for several months). What he told me broke my heart. He believed it was important to start treatment right away but the medication was not safe for pregnant women. Also, many women experience a relapse postpartum and a relapse could affect my ability to look after my baby. I had a tough decision to make.
I decided to put the medications on hold and keep trying. I felt like a sitting duck as I had no idea if I would relapse in the meantime. I felt crazy for going against the advice of a Neurologist and pressured to get pregnant as soon as possible. All that stress made getting pregnant more and more difficult.
A year later I took a test on a whim and it was positive! A week later the ultrasound showed not one, but TWO babies! The pregnancy put me into remission and I felt amazing. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing in the months that followed but that’s another story I’ll save for next time.