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No matter who you are you always wish you could do more for your children... I have two. 9 and 11. I had them when I was 25 and 26. I knew at the time that I had MS, but had not been given a positive DX because they were worried at the time that it would affect my insurance. They finally relented with that theory and DX'd me officially after I had my second child. There are many days that I can't do the things that I want to do with them, but I wouldn't trade them for the world. They are what keeps me going. If it weren't for my children, I would probably have just given up by now. I know there are many things that I can't do or do as well as other moms because of my health issues, but that doesn't make a difference in my overall life with my kids. My kids have to make some allowances for me, for example I've never really encouraged the outdoor sports type thing because I can't take temperature variations, instead I encourage them to be more artistic. It's worked very well for us. Also I think the children of parents with chronic illnesses are much more compassionate kids. They understand that people can't control illnesses. It can be trying, but I would never try to discourage someone that has any chronic illness from having children. We may have to do things a little differently from the normal routine, but I think our children will come out stronger for it in the end. I hope this helps some. You will feel on top of the world during pregnancy, I don't understand why but if they could fake your body into thinking it were pregnant or something with changing your hormone levels to mimic it, I think it would do wonders for the symptoms of MS for most people. The down side to this is that about a week or two after you give birth you will be a lot more likely to have an MS attack. I had bad attacks after both of my kids were born. But if you're prepared, that shouldn't be any problem. Just make sure you have a good support system around you and don't be afraid to ask for help. I'm lucky that my parents and in laws live very close to me, so if I'm having a bad day, my kids can go over there, and they are always welcome. So make sure you have someone that can help out with the kids if you need it. :wave:

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