I am the mother of a three year old boy and my baby girl is almost 1. I can totally relate. Now that I have my two kids I can see a pattern with me. I get pretty sick while pregnant, have the baby, hormones crash and I am in a major flare on top of struggling with post pardom depression by the time my kids are four months old. I had the same feelings, but mine gradually got worse. I had absolutely no energy. I had two good babies that spent a lot of time in their cribs while I slept. I do have a great husband that helped as much as he could. I went to my crohn's support group and all my symptoms pointed to depression. I didn't agree at first, but made an appt with my primary care dr and told her I thought was tired, but not depressed. Then she suggested I try lexapro and just see if it helped. With my son I was put on 20 mg of lexapro and within one week I noticed a significant difference. I could actually function again. I was able to work, I am a teacher, come home and play with my son. I still needed 8-10 hrs of sleep at night for a while but it really helped. With my daughter, the same thing. I went to my dr, it was a different one because I moved, told her my situation and she put me on lexapro again along with wellbutirn.
I am not advocating prescription use, but I would definately call my dr. I just recently started with a counselor and that has helped a lot too. I too will never ever take pred again. It did way more damage to me then good. I thought the medications would make me feel "high" or "really good", but what they did was make me feel normal. I was able to function, live my life and enjoy my baby. The best thing I ever did was become a mom and I wanted to make it so I could be the best mom ever. I still nap when they nap, but I also hold down a full time job and have my students to worry about too. I loved Fitzy's idea of putty the bouncy outside and sitting in the backyard. I did that a lot with my kids. I scoffed at people when they said exercise, but after the pred I gained 70 lbs and had to start exercising and when I started out it was only ten minutes and now I can do 30. I hope this helps, but you are NOT alone. It is the hardest ting to have crohn's and have a baby. I am amazed and grateful our bodies can do it. I would call your dr tomorrow and make an appt asap to talk with someone. Let them help you with some of your struggles (fatigue I mean). My babies were both born into a sick mom and I would feel so bad about sleeping, but I have found that it helps me be a better mom and wife.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have nay questions or concerns I haven't answered. This is just my opinion, but I hope it helps. I have been through it twice and I would do it fifty more times if I could.
Take Care and lots of HUGS!!
Thank you all for your suggestions. I have recently been to see my doctor. He suggested B12, iron, folic acid, and a multi-vitamin. I also decided to take selenium, and vitamin C as well. Instead of the regular iron pills I have turned to a liquid iron. One of my doctors said it would be more easily absorbed. I have a little thing about nasty tasting things, but I am biting the bullet and taking it because I want to get better. In the past I have talked to a doctor about depression and she gave may a list of numbers of people to talk to. Haven't yet resorted to them yet. I have recently quit taking my 6mp. I feel more sain lately, but got crhonic diarhea. But it doesn't help that I have been binging on bread, an ultimate no-no. I am highly gluten intolerant. Its so hard not eating things with gluten. It's every where. I'm headed down south to Kelowna tomorrow and I am trying my hardest to be as healthy as I can be so I can have a good time.
I am so lucky that my baby is a very happy baby. She doesn't cry unless there is a reason. She is very self entertained. She is so big to. LOL At 4 months she's already 18 1/2 lbs and getting her first tooth. She is the best baby I could have asked for. She also sleeps 10 hrs a night. I can say I am blessed beyond belief.
Does anyone feel guilty about having to run to the can and leaving their babies crying? I sure do. I know there is nothing I can do about it but, thats just the way I am.
Patientspider, your ideas are exactly what I do as well. They are life saving to me anyways. For your pregnancy if your flaring really badly right now I would focus on what you are ingesting in your diet. I went off all drugs and ate whatever I wanted, because I wanted my baby to get the food she needed. Unfortunately now I am still suffering. It just makes things harder when we eat whatever we want, but supplements are a good thing while pregnant. I hope things go really well for you with your pregnancy and that your baby is a happy healthy baby when the time comes. :) Mine after all I went through came out at 7 lbs 13ozs. We were so worried that she would be an under weight baby, but she was right on track. With my crohn's I only gained 11 lbs and she was pretty much all of it. :) Didn't take long to lose it LOL. Lots of my friends are like "Grrrr it's not fair that your back to your pre baby body." The only thing I have to say to them is, it would be better if I could lose it like a normal person. Not so unhealthly.
Thanks guys thats a great idea. I would never have thought of something like that. Claire does wuite well when I lay her on the floor and entertain her while sitting on the can.