Medication and to take it or what to take has been a thing that was pushed to the back of my mind when I discovered I was pregnant. There was no licensed medication at that point that was safe for pregnancy so the decision was made to wait until I was later on in my pregnancy and relook at it then for planning for post birth.

My MS team were great and we discussed at length medications that I could start post birth but these were only if I was not breastfeeding. We decided that we would arrange a prescription that could be filled if I was to stop feeding and decide to start the medication.

Roll on 4 months post birth and I’m super proud to say I’m still breastfeeding but unfortunately I am also experiencing a relapse. I’m unfortunately not one of the lucky ones that get protection from exclusively breastfeeding though I do still feel that this one is milder than the significant one I had last year.

Due to feeding myself I can’t opt for steroids to try to manage the relapse so it’s been a case of just trying to adapt and get on with things. Having Oran has made me have to do it rather than dwell on how rubbish I’ve been feeling but it’s also meant that I’ve not put myself first either and I feel that that may be working against me and prolonging the relapse.

This week I had another appointment with my MS team and they discussed medication that earlier this year was licensed for pregnancy, they weren’t sure if it was the same for feeding but it turns out it is. So after much discussion and soul searching I have decided to start it. The reason for the soul searching was mainly due to the fact that this medication is only available in injection form and will mean I need to self inject three times a week.

We are going to use it as an interim medication, so that I’m on something now which will hopefully help me to not relapse again – unfortunately MS medication does not stop you from your current relapse nor does it help with any residual symptoms you’ve had from previous relapses but works to stop your lesions from being so active in the future.

Here’s hoping it helps and I get on well with it.

Claire xx