I had a pretty good pregnancy, I had diarrhea but no major flares. I took my asacol during pregnancy and my son was born healthy and 7lbs 11 oz. a bit smaller than my previouse 9lb son but still a good weight and very healthy. He really started packing on the weight after he was born. He is now 6 months old and wieghs over 18lbs. My biggest suggestion would be that if you are planning on nursing to please make sure you get your baby to take formula even if it's only one bottle a day or even a week. I started getting sick again in January and decided to try to tough it out since you aren't allowed to take steroids or most other Crohn's meds while nursing. I finally gave up because I have been so miserable and in so much pain. The doctor wants me to go back on the Entocort and I am finally desperate enough to do it but my son refuses to take the formula.
Good luck with your pregnancy, and don't worry, I am sure your baby will be perfect and beautiful. Stress only makes it worse.
During my 1st pregnancy my CD went into remission BUT with pregnancy #2 I flared BAD!!! my Dr told me that I was flaring so bad that it could cause preterm labor so I went back on Remicade (I stopped when I found out I was pregnant). I was 21 weeks and i was sick, sick, sick. My biggest problem was that I had steriod induced diabe*** so when I got pregnant I immediately had diabe*** again. By 19 weeks i was on 2 insulin shots a day and an oral medication.
My baby was born last May (he is almost 1 - where did the year go?) - it was a planned C-Section for other reasons and my gastro was concerned but knew it was for the best and everyone was VERY careful but because of the diabe*** he was very large (11lbs 10ozs) and he was in the NICU for 8 days and the Pediatric Unit for another 4 days. I want to say this NONE OF HIS HEALTH PROBLEMS HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY CROHN'S.
He is very healthy today and shows no effects from my taking Remicade or Azasan. Just talk to your Dr's and tell them everything you are feeling.
I posted the same question in around December when I was about 5 weeks pregnant. I am so thankful for all of the input women have posted so far because it sure reassures me that there have been successful pregnancies with active disease. I actually had a bad flare around my 5th week and had to start prednisone and Humira. I ended up having to go on disability because I was so sick. I unfortunately miscarried around 10 weeks, which was so devastating. But I do want to try again, because I don't want this disease to control me. Hopefully the father will still like to try again with me. Just be sure you are in constant contact with your GI doctor and OBGYN and perinatal doctor too, if you have one. Good luck and congratulations! Wish me luck too!
Hi Girls, i just came across this post and wanted to put in my two cents.
I have UC, not CD, so keep that in mind to.
After 4yrs of ttc and many tests, we sought fertility help (i had no uc symptoms during this time and was not dx yet). I had suffered many early losses and chemical pg's over those 4yrs. We finally got pg and it was rough from the get go. (tho nothing related to uc) I started having preterm labor and was put on hospital bedrest for 6 long weeks. about two weeks before delivery (preterm at 33wks), i started having my first ever UC flare. I didn't mention it due to all the drugs i was already on and didn't want more testing while pg...after birth, baby was in NICU for 3wks, and during that time, my flare got worse. Got baby home and just wanted to enjoy my baby so i did not go to a doctor till i was pouring out blood close to 10x a day. Got my dx of uc, and started meds. Nothing worked so i ended up on 6mp.
Fast forward nearly 4yrs. We decided to try for our second. i had been in remission for a yr, but had to self inject fertiltiy meds, and i guess the stress from that or the pg hormones caused me to flare right when i got pg. I continued on my6mp. I started having preterm labor issues early (about 16wks w/ contractions and started meds to combat that). I went on pred , 40mg and then tapered to 10mg and remained at 10mg until it looked like i really might have the baby at 25wks. I decided to stop 6mp so i could try to breastfeed, which was important if i had another preemie. I delivered at 34wks w/ longterm bedrest, ect...
I wanted to share my story of pg before and after uc. For the poster who had a loss, im very sorry, and please know that it can be done...
good luck to all of you! shannon