Do symptoms get better in second trimester

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Irish Red
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   Posted 2/11/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone
 
I know there have been many people who have gone through a pregnancy with Crohn's.  I am only 5 weeks this time around.  Last year I miscarried at 11 weeks and I am scared for another or a bad pregnancy.  I am not in remission going into this pregnancy (on remicaide and immuran) .  As each week passes I see more blood in stool, now with each movement.  My specialist doesn't seem concerned with the amount of blood she is more worried of the symptoms that go with it.  So I guess that is good. I have few symptoms as things have been a lot worse in the past (before Pregnancy). So I would say I am mildly undercontrol but the blood scares me, bright red each time as usual. Blood is 100% coming from the bum so that is good too.
 
From what I have read if you go into a pregnancy in good enough state you have a good chance of hitting remission or things getting better. It is early yet but things seem to be getting worse for me. I just started added the  immuran and she said it takes 2 months for it to kick in. Please no lectures on taking immuran it is not my choice at this point, if I could I would avoid it.
 
I just want a healthy baby and would love to hear that the second trimester for most got better. 
 
Thanks in advance for those who respond.  Hope everyone is having a better day than yesterday and if not maybe tomorrow will be your day : )

CD since 1988,

Cocktail of medications ( Remicade included) and have explored many herbal remedies.

Currently experiencing another flair up after 4 years of remission.

 

"Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get inside" 

Everyone knows that quote... how true how true.


inflamed
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on your pregnancy!

I was in remission when I got pregnant, so I might not be much help. But the symptoms I did have at the beginning were totally gone in the second trimester and stayed away the rest of the preg. I hope you have even better results. Don't worry about what others say about your meds. To have a healthy baby you need to take care of yourself first. Hang in there and enjoy this special time as much as you can.

hj
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


joohana
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, also got pregnant when in remission but had problems (frequent loo visits ) in early pregnancy. Was recommended probiotics by my doc and did get better. No symptoms now, am 38. week pregnant....

Good luck and to you and your baby !
Diagnosed with Crohn´s 4 yrs ago, 3 surgeries, currently 37 weeks pregnant with second child. Pentasa 2x2, Budenoflak 1x2, 30 yrs old


gachrons
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   Posted 2/14/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I felt good when I was pregnant and had IBS at the time. But I think it was crohn's too at that time. Perhaps the blood is a hemmie ,hope your on prenatal vitties as they are good .Wishing you all the best and it might be you having to just wait it out a bit. Congrads on you wee one and hope you improve soon.Keep thinking good thoughts.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


sassy28
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   Posted 2/14/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Immuran and my Dr. told me that Immuran has been used for liver disease for a long time, so there have been many studies on the effects of Immuran on the fetus. He said that according to studies Immuran is safe during pregnancy, it wont hurt the fetus at all. He assured me that it is far better for the fetus for a woman with Crohn's to take meds to keep healthy than to not take meds.

Hope that helps to ease any concerns.

SallyC
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   Posted 2/17/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I had lots of that bright red blood in the first trimester with my second born. I would barely have anything else after pushing forever but lots of blood and mucuous. I went in for a sigmoid and was put on canasa suppositories. By the second trimester I was good to go and stayed that way. I went into the pregnancy without a flare.

I know how you feel about this pregnancy. I miscarried my first at 12 weeks. Hang in there and do whatever it takes to ease your stress so you can enjoy this time. I went in for heartbeat checks toward the end of the first trimester before I would leave to go out of town. And oh boy, I even took pregnancy tests throughout the first trimester to make sure I was still pregnant enough to show on the stick. Hang in there and I wish you all the best.

Sally
Sally
 
Diagnosed with UC in July of 2003 then diagnosed with Crohns in August of 2006.


Irish Red
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   Posted 2/17/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
SallyC said...
I had lots of that bright red blood in the first trimester with my second born. I would barely have anything else after pushing forever but lots of blood and mucuous. I went in for a sigmoid and was put on canasa suppositories. By the second trimester I was good to go and stayed that way. I went into the pregnancy without a flare.

I know how you feel about this pregnancy. I miscarried my first at 12 weeks. Hang in there and do whatever it takes to ease your stress so you can enjoy this time. I went in for heartbeat checks toward the end of the first trimester before I would leave to go out of town. And oh boy, I even took pregnancy tests throughout the first trimester to make sure I was still pregnant enough to show on the stick. Hang in there and I wish you all the best.

Sally

Sally you sound just like me.  I was relieved to receive a phone call from my OBGYN to confirm the blood test and to let me know I was still pregnant.  Our symptoms sound exactly a like.  Thank you for sharing.  I feel a bit better today.  I have a Sigmoid on Friday and I am pretty sure she will put me on some sort of suppository. 
 
My husband and I just want to hear that heart beat and get the okay after 12 weeks.  Life seems to be going by really slow right now.  I seem to be counting the days in the hopes that everything will be fine. I used to work out at the gym but I have taken the last week off and will take this week off as well.  I need to get healthy and the gym is difficult right now as it is. 
 
Thank you to everyone.  I will post things as I know !
 

CD since 1988,

Cocktail of medications ( Remicade included) and have explored many herbal remedies.

Currently experiencing another flair up after 4 years of remission.

 

"Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get inside" 

Everyone knows that quote... how true how true.


CheesePuff
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   Posted 2/18/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
IrishRed, congrats on your pregnancy! I am currently 24 weeks pregnant and while I was in remission when I got pregnant, the first trimester I had little bit of blood and some symptoms, not nearly as bad as you though. I'm now in my 2nd trimester and feeling so much better, the bleeding has stopped and urgency is less frequent.

I was told by my consultant (head of GI in one of the hospitals in Dublin) that he would rather recommend Imuran while pregnant than symptoms which are not going away, so try not to worry about taking the medication. He keeps saying “Happy mummy equals happy baby “ and he always refers to the baby as “parasite” as it takes all it needs from you and you are the one who is left weak and tired 

Keep us posted and best of luck ! Hope it all goes well for you, I know the first 12 weeks absolutely dragged for me and hubby!
UC since 1995, PanColitis diagnosed May 2007
Multiple Gallstones
100 mg Imuran 9th month TTC
4 * 800mg Asacol
400 mg Folic acid
Multi vitamin supplement
Nearly in remission, only slight cramping
Expecting first baby June 09
Provisional Diagnosis of AS - Jan 2009


Irish Red
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   Posted 2/18/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for letting me know it get's better.  I have increased the remicade to 6week intervals instead of 8 to see if that helps. Yesterday was the first day I took the immuran at double dose. Next week I go up half a pill of the immuran again.  I am hoping that with all these changes things might get better soon.

 

Thank you again.

I promise to keep all posted.

I think I am 6weeks and 2 days today!   Just over half way to the second trimester..ya... tick toc tick tock


CD since 1988,

Cocktail of medications ( Remicade included) and have explored many herbal remedies.

Currently experiencing another flair up after 4 years of remission.

 

"Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get inside" 

Everyone knows that quote... how true how true.

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