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Pregnancy and ME/CFS

Blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy so most ME/CFs patients who are pregnant feel better. They often relapse after delivery, so sup­ports need to be in place. Dr. Klimas feels that breast-feeding is not a good idea. There is the exhaustion from having to get up at night, and there is also the potential of the baby's exposure to virus at too young an age.


Dr. Klimas' advice is to get vaccinated if you can tolerate it. The medication Amantadine can treat half of the various influenza strains as well as prevent them. She gives patients Amantadine during the flu season.