Thank you for responding, it means a lot to me to hear from someone who is experiencing it first hand (pregnancy with MS).
What you said about what your neurologist said:
"I talked to my neurologist beforehand (Dr. Grey at St. Michael's in Toronto) and he was very encouraging and excited to hear we were trying. In his opinion, pregnancy is better than any medication. "
That's what my neurologists said too, they said "pregnancy will be your medication" and "family planning is more important to us than any medication for you right now". So it's great to know that the real specialists out there give you the support and encouragement to persue your dreams. I'm just going to ignore my midwife's insensitive comments, my husband said, "It's like asking your dentist about your period". LOL, it's a funny thing to say but it's true, she wasn't educated in MS so I shouldn't think too much on what she says about it. However, I can somewhat understand where she's coming from and that's why I'm trying to educate myself the best I can and be in good health.
I am not currently on any medications, we decided to wait for any DMT's. I just went off the pill as well so now I'm just giving myself a month to get back to "normal". As for breastfeeding, I breastfed my daughter for 10 months and I do plan on breastfeeding any future children because I do believe in the benefits to both mother and child and I believe in the studies I've read as well that breastfeeding exclusively can be better than the meds in preventing relapses. Plus I've heard from a few people now who quit breastfeeding to go back on the meds and had relapses anyway. So if it's risky either way, I'd prefer to choose the choice that has more benefits. (Although from my experience, a con is that you can't have as much help with feedings because you're the bottle
, but it was a lot easier to get my daughter back to sleep and keep her asleep because she would fall asleep like a charm with a feeding. She's slept through the night since birth, only waking to eat and go back to sleep. And we co-slept for the first 6 months so that makes it easier too because you don't have to get up to make a bottle or go to the crib.) Breastfeeding doesn't give you the most glamourous feeling, haha, but I think it's a great help if you can. And having your husband take a leave as well will be a great help! (As long as he doesn't get stir-crazy like mine!
He was wanting me to go to Walmart with a 3 day old baby! I could barely walk! He just hates being stuck in the house, lol) You sound like you have a great plan though, I'm sure you will do great!
I have to say that I've found this site and all of you one of the best sources for information, encouragement and support. It's so good to know you're not alone and that even though life can be so unpredictable, it's nice to know that there are people out there in the same boat.