Ladies who have been pg - need some encouragement - for the next 7 months

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j_web
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   Posted 9/5/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.

I am 6 weeks pregnant, very much planned/wanted - but it HURTS. I started having a flare, so had to get on low dosage prednisone (10mg) to nip that in the bud, but now my problem is .... GAS. It's almost constant. The pain is awful - I am up several times in the night trying to expel it, and during the day I'm constantly shifting positions trying to find one that doesn't hurt so bad. I read that increased progesterone slows down your GI tract, oh joy.

My first doc appt isn't for another couple of weeks. So, do you know, is this a 1st trimester thing or is this likely to plague me throughout? I'm worried that I will need to give up work very soon if I can't get it under control.

Thx

Nanners
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   Posted 9/5/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
It could be the Prednisone causing the gas. It does that to me sometimes. You might want to call your doc and discuss this with him. Maybe the doc will let you take some Maalox or something like that. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

macmommy
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   Posted 9/7/2010 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
j_web-I had a lot of gas early in my pregnancy as well. It stopped after a few weeks. I don't remember how long, but I do remember reading that it is common in early pregnancy for everyone. My pregnancy progressed perfectly although I did suffer from constipation and stomach pain throughout. I even had some blood in the stool along the way. I took ASACOL for a few weeks in the second trimester but when it didn't seem to make a difference, I quit it. She's perfect in every way though and well worth it. :-)  Hang in there and see your doctors often. Congratulations and best wishes!!
 

Roni
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   Posted 9/7/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on being pregnant!

I've had two very high risk pregnancies with lots of health problems including CD flares and obstructions.
What I did to get up to 37 weeks was eat the exact same foods everyday that were natural, unprocessed, and no sugar. I also took probiotics, digestive enzymes, and got on pentasa and prednisone.

By 4 months, the obstructions stopped, but then I had gestational diabetes and had to go on insulin. 2nd trimester was better, and in my third trimester, the CD was hurting again, but no obstructions. Right after I had my baby I really flared, but got it under control with more meds and stronger probiotics.

I was very strict with myself and only ate treats on a really good day, and even though I suffered BIG TIME and denied myself Dairy Queen Ice Cream most days, and was even considering a resection while pregnant because I was so sick, I made it to 37 weeks and both pregnancies turned out fine.

So I suggest you stay on the pred, maybe go on pentasa, change your diet to all natural and nutritious, and maybe get on some maternity vitamins, probiotics and digestive enzymes too.

Oh, for the first three months, my bowels were making some serious adjustments and that is why I started having obstructions and gas pain too. I think by your second trimester, it'll be so much better.

Best wishes!

Post Edited (Roni) : 9/7/2010 8:22:12 AM (GMT-6)


joohana
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   Posted 9/12/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and congrats !

Will disappoint you, but everyone´s illness is differrent and every woman feels differrent things in pregnancy, an every pregnancy is differrent, too.
Just wishing good luck, hope you feel better soon and enjoy it a bit wink

I found out I´m pregnant again myself few weeks ago (starting week 9), very surprised and quite sacred (small house, small car, little money), but I guess it will be all okay somehow. Feeling fine so far, am taking Pentasa and Imuran (as the pregnancy was not planned, it happened like this and now is no point stopping taking it since it has effect fot anothet 3 months).

Good luck to you !
Diagnosed with Crohn´s in 2005, 3 surgeries, . Pentasa 2x2, Imuran 2-0-1, 32 yrs old mother of two. Boy 05/2005 and girl 03/2009

j_web
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   Posted 9/12/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses ladies. The horrendous pain lasted for about 5 days and now it's down to almost nothing. I started taking gas-x (per OB's suggestion) after each meal and that seemed to really help.

Now I'm just tired 24/7. I got off the prednisone yesterday, I'm going to see if I can manage without it. Ugh, and I'm so bloated too, this pregnancy has my insides moving at a snail's pace, which is the opposite of what I'm used to. The things we do for our kids :)

Nanners
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   Posted 9/13/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember when I was pregnant especially with my first daughter, I was SOOOO constipated and gassy. I had already been diagnosed with CD for about 2 years, but at that time I could eat salads no problem. I used to HAVE to eat a salad everyday, or I would get so backed up it was horrible and extremely painful.

Can you eat apples (without peel) or maybe try drinking fruit juices, that may help to ease the constipation? Hugs and congrats on your uncoming little one.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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