Pregnancy and Crohns? Few questions.

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conker21
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   Posted 5/4/2010 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone.
 
I hope everyone is a well as can be.
 
So 7 weeks married and want to start planning for a family. Im due to go see my specialist nurse on Thursday so need to get a list of question together.
 
I am currently on 2 azathioprine i take multi vitamin and fish oil tablet. My bowel movement is about 4 times a day average but odd bad day up to 10 times a day. My last colonoscopy was over a year ago.
 
So my questions.
 
Is it ok for me to take folic acid in tablet form?
Is there any other vitamin/medication i should be taking?
Can I carry on taking the azathioprine?
Do I just see my regular gp for checkups?
Can i breast feed?
Can i take my longer to fall pregnant?
Risk of complications in pregnancy?
 
Is there anything else i should ask or anyone on here can answers.
 
Thanks
K x
Age 22 Diagnosed with Crohns in 2006
Live in the UK
 


Stef17
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   Posted 5/4/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Your doc would be the best person to answer these questions. Yes, you can take folic acid in tablet form (as long as it doesn't upset your gut). You should be taking a good prenatal vitamin if you plan on getting pregnant. A lot of women have taken azathioprine throughout pregnancy. Your GI and OB might have opinions on this. You need to see an obstetrician for check ups. In fact, it would be a good idea to see an OB BEFORE you get pregnant so that (s)he is aware of your health conditions and medications. You can breastfeed, but certain medications are not good (azathioprine). I don't know how long it will take you to get pregnant, it really depends on your body and your health. I don't know what the risks could be for you. Many, many women with crohn's have had successful pregnancies and healthy babies.

Make an appointment with an Obstetrician and sit down with him/her so you can discuss your plans. Good luck to you! I wish you all the best.

Lady G
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   Posted 5/4/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah folic acid in tablets is fine, I took them during my pregnancy and practically all docs recommend (at least out here) a prenatal vitamin pill, I took Materna and found it worked great on me.
I am currently on Azathioprine and there is conflicting opinions it seems--some said perfectly fine for pregnancy and breastfeeding, some said 'no way' so...it really depends on your doctor, but I never had problems on it and neither did alot of women around here, but again, its something you should talk over with your own doctors and get all opinions from them on.
You can see your regular GP, but when you get pregnant you'll also have regular appointments from a ob/gyno as well who will do most of hte baby checkups--and they'll know a bit about the meds and all too, which are good or bad.
Falling pregnant and risks are basically the same for everyone, you can never know. Some women who are healthy try for years...I literally got pregnant first attempt...so it's all up to the person, mother nature and your body.
breastfeeding--personal opinion. Again, ask your doctor, get all sides of the meds and the good and bad and make your own decisions. I fell very ill with a flare after I had my guy so I had to turn to formula, but I breastfed for a few months prior, so both work either way.
Anyways, good luck getting pregnant when and if you do try!! As said, alot of us DO have healthy wonderful babies around here, so you're not alone if you ever need to ask questions and all
29 year old Crohns patient of 10 years. Currently on Imuran and Vitamin B12 injections.


jhicks
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   Posted 5/4/2010 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I took Pentasa, folic acid in pill form and a prenatal vitamin throughout my pregnancy and while nursing. I did decrease my Pentasa dosage a bit, per my doctor's suggestion. While my OB did say I may deliver a little early b/c of the Crohn's, I was only a week early on delivery. I actually had a terrific pregnancy. I felt great and did not experience a flare during or after my pregnancy. Best of luck. Do not stress over it too much. Talk with your doctor and take good care of yourself. My daughter is a perfectly healthy three-year-old now.

cleo35
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told back when I was diagnosed that if I was in remission at the time I got pregnant I'd probably make it thru with no problems - and I did - twice! I was also told that if I was in the middle of flare at the time I conceived I would probably have a rough go of it. You should check with your GI before you get pregnant especially with regard to any meds you're on and see him/her at the first sign of any "trouble" with the crohns. You should see an OB for regular pregnancy checkups.

cleo35
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told back when I was diagnosed that if I was in remission at the time I got pregnant I'd probably make it thru with no problems - and I did - twice! I was also told that if I was in the middle of flare at the time I conceived I would probably have a rough go of it. You should check with your GI before you get pregnant especially with regard to any meds you're on and see him/her at the first sign of any "trouble" with the crohns. You should see an OB for regular pregnancy checkups.

conker21
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   Posted 5/5/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone I let you know how I get on tomorrow. In from uk so don't think we have as many diffrent specilist as you.

Thank fir all the advice
k
Age 22 Diagnosed with Crohns in 2006
Live in the UK
 

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