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   Posted 11/25/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
HI!! Today i saw my OB (high risk pregnancy with interest in gasterentology) to discuss about my pregnancy (breastfeeding and labour), i am not feeling confident. First, she told me that would take just a few days for imuran to get off my system, in fact looks like she does not know what she is talking about. MY GI told that could take at least 5 months. She told me if i have C-section i could have complications that i would be better off with vaginal birht. Anyone here could have any coments about that??? Is there any problems having c-section with you have crohn's colitis disease. I had a resection in my TI in 2001 , is there any relation for not having c-section, because my surgery????. I am a bit worry that i could be in her hands. I live in UK and i do not have options to choose hospital to give birth. Please any coments would be very appreciate . Thanks , everyone .....

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   Posted 11/25/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure someone will come along with first hand experience, but from what I've researched about having my own baby...

Your GI is on the right track according to the docs here as far as drugs like Imuran remaining in your system for a long time. That being said, I also know that there are mothers of perfectly healthy babies who remained on their dose of Imuran throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. The overwhelming philosophy here in the states (although not everywhere) is that "what is good for mom is good for baby". If you need Imuran to keep you healthy during your pregnancy, that's what's important. If you go off of it and flare, you would not be receiving adequate nutrition for your growing baby. As I said, I'm sure an Imuran-Mommy will be along soon to reassure you of that side of things. Obviously it is a very hard choice to make and one that involves YOU doing what you feel is best for you, and for your baby long term.

I was told by my midwife and an OB that my crohn's did NOT make me a high-risk pregnancy in and of itself, regardless of past surgeries. I was told that the risks would be about equal whether I decided on a vaginal delivery or a c-section. With a vaginal delivery, I increased my chances of injuring the area including my colon or possible tears/fistulas, etc. Basically, with my history of abscesses and fistulas I would run the risk of creating or irritating a complication in that area. If I went with a C-section, I was told that my vaginal and colon muscles and area would be safe, but that I might have a higher sensitivity to scar tissue or other complications because of the abdominal incision. I STILL have not decided which seems like the better option.

I hope that helps... or at least that it tides you over until the mommies arrive to answer you more specifically.
~best of luck to you.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
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   Posted 11/25/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Krica, I think you should talk with your GI doctor to help you find a high risk OB doctor.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 11/25/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, thanks for reply. I have history of strictures and i had fistula in my TI into my bladder , which resulted in surgery. The OB that i saw today did not answer my questions, actually the all situation i found very strange . I was talking to her and then she left the room i thought she was goin to come back, in fact she finnished my consultation, she did not say even bye.

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   Posted 11/25/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Krica Don't know what to tell you hope others have some kind of answers. When are you due and is this your first birthing? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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