I was exactly the same way!!! I felt unreal during my 1st pregnancy and am 18 weeks preggers w/ #2 and despite a stricture that my doc wanted to operate on, I feel amazing once again! I WISH they could clone the hormones and make some sort of medicine that we could take. My husband and I joke that I should be a surrogate mother!
My remission lasted about a yr or so...and then symptoms came back with a vengeance. I went off azathioprine 3 mths beofre trying to conceive and only stayed on Asacol throughout the pregnancy. I was feeling so good that I decided not to go on anything else. My body wasn't happy with me. I was a mess! Really bad tummy and horrible arthritis. I went back on the azathioprine and stayed on it until we wanted to try for another baby. Luckily my pregnancies have mirrored eachother thus far and I am feeling awesome.
FYI I have heard that breast feeding can induce a flair due to the extra hormones and the stress of it on your body. I chose not to...mostly cause I was on the asacol. It was the right choice for me and I will be doing it again with this baby.
Just keep a close eye on yourself and listen to your body. The faster you get under a docs care when you start not to feel good the better. It is easy to lose sight of yourself when you have a new baby...but without you being healthy the baby is worse off! Ask for help and try to get as much rest as you can. GOOD LUCK!!!
That's right, rootsmith.
This is a big oversimplification, but think of it this way:
When you're pregnant, there's basically a semi-foreign body growing inside you. Under normal circumstances, your immune system would not tolerate the fetus and would attack it. One of the many functions of the hormonal changes during pregnancy is to suppress the immune response so that it doesn't go after the growing fetus.
It has been shown that during pregnancy, cortisol levels, along with lots of other hormones, increase. Cortisol, as you may know, is the naturally occurring hormone produced by the adrenal glands that regulates metabolism and immune function (inflammation). Now if that sounds a lot like prednisone, you're on the right track: Prednisone is a synthetic mimic of cortisol. When you take prednisone, it's the same as increasing your levels of cortisol. So if you have increased levels of cortisol while pregnant, it's like being on prednisone.
Like I said, that's a huge oversimplification, and there are lots of other things happening simultaneously, but it gives you an idea what's going on.