So, I am 26, been married for three years, and have Crohn's. I have been talking with my doctors (Obgyn and Gastro) about getting pregnant. While I do not think I will have a problem getting pregnant, I am concerned about medications during the pregnancy. I am currently on Imuran and while its been working okay, I have had five flares in the past year putting me in the hospital.
My Gastro wants me to stay on Imuran during the pregnancy and stated that the research out there does not indicate that it can cause birth defects or other complications. I have been researching it on the internet and I only found one website that said it was okay. All the others say that Imuran should be avoided during pregnancy due to higher risk of birth defects, pre-term labor, and a weakened immue system.
So, I am wondering what experiences you have had. My heart tells me to not take it, but the doctor said my crohn's is way to active right now. I don't want to be sick and hospitalized while being pregnant.
25 year old female
Newly married to the most loving and supportive man
In my last year of getting my Master's Degree in Social Work
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004 after my gallbladder was removed
Been on Prednisone and Asacol
Currently on folic acid, Remicade and Imuran
Too many flare ups to count
Been hospitalized three times in the past year (thank you morphine)
Couldn't do it without my family, especially my mom
Have the greatest doctor in the world and will fight this disease til the end!