Humira and Pregnancy

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mimik81
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone on this forum gotten pregnant while taking Humira? Did you stay on the medicine throughout the pregnancy? Did you breastfeed?
 
We're thinking about trying for #2 in about 6 months (I wanted to be in remission for awhile before I'd think about getting pregnant). I am on Humira, and we're meeting with my ob/gyn next month to talk about this. I was on Imuran throughout my first pregnancy, and my daughter was born fine.
 
Any thoughts/information would be wonderful.
 
Thanks!
Crohn's Diagnosed in 1996.
Currently on Humira - One syringe every other week.
Now in remission.
Have tried Prednisone, Pentasa, Flagyl, Cipro, and Imuran in the Past - they aren't effective now.
Hospitalized only once, but that was enough!


Beth
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   Posted 1/16/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant with #2 and am on Humira.  I too was on Imuran when pregnant with #1 and she was/is perfect and healthy. 

I'm not sure if I'll breastfeed or not.  I had supply/latch/PPD issues with #1 so we'll see what happens this time.  I also haven't discussed that with my GI, but plan to at my appt on Monday.  I'm almost positive that he'll tell me it's fine.

Was your OB skittish about you being on Imuran with your first?  Mine was but deferred to my GI.  With the Humira, he didn't even offer an opinion, as he knew I had already discussed it with my GI beforehand.

 


Beth


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   Posted 1/16/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad others are facing this (well, not GLAD but it's nice to have others going through the same thing, though I wish none of us were).

We hope to have our 1st in the next year or so and I'm worried about Humira and pregnancy. I am also VERY committed to breastfeeding if I am able, and I don't want a medication stopping me from it. If it doesn't work, I want it to not work due to another issue - you know?

With Remicade, more was known...

MKrahulec
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Ladies, I am so glad to read that having a healthy baby while on Humira is possible. I am set to start Humira treatments next week (I am totally keeping my fingers crossed cause I have tried everything and now I am opting for Humira instead of Remicade) At first I was leaning toward Remicade (it's the only other drug I haven't tried - I am on Imuran and Prednisone right now) mostly because it had been around longer and I was able to find many women who have had safe pregnancies while on Remicade. After finding this site however and reading some testimonials, I am hopefull that Humira will work for me and we will be able to have a normal, healthy baby. Beth, please keep me updated on any advancements with your pregnancy. Have your docs said anything about timing of the Humira injections as you get closer to delivery? I have heard that some docs are worried about the drugs crossing the placenta near the end of pregnancy (while others say if it hasn't crossed and caused any problems in the 1st trimester it's not going to) It's so overwhelming!

Any advice you ladies have would be greatly appreciated. We are planning on trying to start getting pregnant in the next couple of months so any kind of insight you ladies could shed would be awesome. Also, I have a really hard time with milk and milk products as they upset my stomach. Although I am hoping that with Humira I will feel good enough to be able to increase the amount of calcium in my diet, I am concerned with being low on calcium (also I am anemic - so low on iron) during my pregnancy. Any suggestions in this regard?

Stef17
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   Posted 9/5/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 23 weeks pregnant with #3 and currently on Humira. I plan on breastfeeding as well. I am taking part in the Humira pregnancy study. So far baby is GREAT! Right on target and all is well.

MKrahulec - I take a prenatal vitamin with extra calcium in it. Maybe that would help you?

Beth
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   Posted 9/7/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
My Humira baby is now 4 months old.  :-)    She is healthy and perfect.  And chubby!  cool
 
MKrahulec - I was due for a Humira injection the day before my c/s.  My doctor told me to skip that one and resume the injections when I got home from the hospital.  I think I was home for 2 weeks or so before I took any more Humira to give my c/s incision a little more time to heal.  
I also had to delay vaxing her (no Hep B shot in the hospital or at 1 month) to allow the Humira to be completely out of her system.  She didn't get any vaxes until 2 months so she's still getting caught up on her Hep B. 
 
For calcium - are you able to handle yogurt or hard cheeses?  Those are sometimes easier to digest.  I know there are non-dairy foods out there that supply calcium but I'm not sure what they are exactly.  Or like Stef said - maybe just add extra calcium to your prenatal.
 
Let me know if you have any other questions. 
Beth
 
Dx in early 1999
Resection in June 2006
Currently on Humira
 


wibiff
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a side note. I am a nurse, so when I was trying to decide which medications to BF my daughter with, I bought a nursing specific drug book that also has info on pregnancy. According to this drug book, it is safe to get pregnant when on humira. It is classified as a category B, which is the same as tylenol. As far as BF goes, Humira is an L3, which means that there is the potential for harm to the baby, but it is more likely that the baby would be fine. If you want to talk to someone with a lot of info, call the pregnancy risk line (1-800-822-2229). They have the latest information and can look up all the drugs while you are on the phone, and they will give you breastfeeding info as well as pregnancy info. Hope this helps and good luck!

Roni
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   Posted 9/8/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
www.motherisk.org is a fantastic website about all kinds of meds during pregnancy and bf. They also have a number to call and speak to a couselor too. They are based at world renowned Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

MKrahulec
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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Awww, ladies thanks so much for the encouraging words of wisdom! I am feeling more and more at ease each time I log on. One more quick question, not totally related to crohns but more pregnancy related. I have heard alot about the importance of folic acid before and during pregnancy. Does anyone know how many mg per day is recommended? I am wondering if I should be taking folic acid in addition to my my complete prenatal vitamins.

Thanks!

Michelle

Stef17
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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
0.8mg is recommended. Your prenatal should have the right amount in it. Check the label to make sure.
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