Anyone had a pregnancy whilst they had a seton drain?

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MrsKipling
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   Posted 4/27/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
 
I am looking for anyone who I could talk to about being pregnant whilst having a seton drain.
 
I have a history of perineal abscesses, then had a fistula develop. I had surgery to have a seton drain inserted 2 months ago now. 
 
When I was initally told I had a fistula I raised the fact that I was hoping to have a baby soonish and the consultant told me that he wouldn't advise it until the fistula was resolved.
 
I know that some people have the seton in place for a long time and was wondering if any of you have had a pregancy whilst you've had a seton drain in place?
 
Thanks

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 4/27/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to HW! I have a seton. I'm pretty sure it's not a big deal to be pregnant with one, but I'm assuming they would want you to have a c section instad of a vaginal birth.

ivy6
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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Why, crohniemom? Are they afraid that the baby would come out the wrong hole, or do they just want to avoid additional trauma to that area?

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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 4/28/2008 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   

ha, ha...ivy

I just cannot imagine having that area go through all that tramua when it is all ready traumatized....just my 2 cents...I'm not a dr....just speak from experience and what my drs. have said.   Woman without crohns have had fistulas develop as a result of childbirth tramua, so it doesn't make sense to me to risk more tramua to an area that is all ready compromised. 


Jeny
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   Posted 4/28/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
i haven't had a seton, but i had a anal abcess and fistula removed then had a baby. here's my 2 cents.....for all it's worth. first of all i'm a very stuborn and bull headed woman and i always think i know best when it comes to my body.

i decided right away that i didn't want a doctor to be involved in my pregnancy so i got a mid-wife...that delivers in a hospital. she was willing to take my case - however, she wanted me to meet with some doctors to discuss things.
every doctor i saw was going to try to talk me into a c-sec because of the anal surgery and they did and i said no way and they said that if not then i needed this radical episeotomy, i said 'no way, i can do it without!'. they said that the scarring inevitalby will cause lots of tearing and that there was no way i should have a vaginal birth.
my Crohn's doctor, however, stated that i should not have any kind of surgery unless absolutely necessary because of my rate of healing and compromised immune system. (she was talking about resections, but i took it to mean everything :)

i went against all doctors orders and have had 2 large baby boys, Vaginally! NO Tearing or Episiotomy! (first one was 8lb 10oz and second was 9lbs 11oz.) i used primerose oil and diid the peri massages and she used mineral oil and let me push the baby out in my own time...slowly. first one took 4 hours to push out second took 2 1/2 hours. everything was great.

now this is just my story, i just wanted to share that you don't HAVE to have a c-sec. u can do things the way u want- just have to find work arounds and be brave.

Good Luck!
-jeny

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 4/28/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm, so I'm not brave because I have had 2 c sections???!!! Whatever!

FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/28/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Chroniemom - I am guessing you are joking but if you are not I don't think Jeny is saying you weren't brave. Just that if someone wants to do something against conventional advice and against doctors orders than you have to find someone to do it and be brave in the sense that you believe that you are right. I think it is brave to have a child EITHER way and I honestly don't plan on having one for a long time if ever because I am just not that brave lol.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 4/28/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Of course I was joking....it's quite humorous to me actually...my first c section was an emergency...103 tmp...on oxygen...the whole nine yards....then my incision got infected, and it had to be opened and left open for 2 weeks...fun stuff!

Jeny
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   Posted 4/29/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, i believe whole hardily, do what's right to have a healthy baby. my sis-in-law is having a planned c-sec because she has had cysts on her ovaries and i support her completly in the decision, i think she is brave for even trying to have a baby in her condition, she is on 9 month bed rest.
i was simply saying that u need to look at all your options and not just listen to the first advice u hear. i think sometimes people believe in doctors blindly, because they have a ph.d. i wanted to share my story.

i'm sorry u had to have an emergency c-sec and had problems, but i'm sure u had not choice in the matter and i'm not judging anyone who has them. my mother had me via c-sec and almost died from infection afterwards and ended up with an full hystroctomy at age 19. i was very against it because of her horror story. my stubborness was purely out of fear of the surgery.
i think u r brave for having it at all....even emergency. i would have flipped out it they tried to tell me emergency, i might have even walk out of the hospital and refused....because i'm so scared of it.

my husband always tells me i would cut my nose off to spite my face...
it's true, i would. lol
-jeny

ivy6
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   Posted 4/29/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Can you have another baby once you've had a c-section?
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Jeny
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   Posted 4/30/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
yes. some doctors will want you to have another c-sec. but there are things called VBAC or Vaginal Birth After C-sec. just have to ask your health care professional about it to see if it's an option for you. i think it depends on they type of c-sec that was given.

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 4/30/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had 2 c sections. They were less than 2 years apart. First one was an emergency, the second one was my choice. My dr. made me sign for which I wanted the VBAC of another c section. The vbac paper said that there is more harm to the baby than to me, and the c section was the oppisite, more harm to me and to the baby. So, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I had chosen a vbac and something had happened to the baby. I also think if they are less than 18 months apart they want you to have another c seciton and not try a vbac.

Also, once you have a c section they can't induce you or give you anything to help the contractions along because there is a chance that your uterus would go into a contraction and not stop. So, since I was 10 days over with my first, and they had to induce me, and then I ended up with the emergency c section, it was a pretty easy choice the next time around for me. But go figure with the second one, I was 3 weeks early!

My dr. doesn't recommend any more than 3 c sections, but that may be different from dr. to dr.
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