Congratulations! I remember when you posted originally, asking about getting pregnant with AIH and on Imuran. I believe you had an answer from someone here at that time, though I don't recall exactly what she said. However, I did find this information at RxList.com:
Pregnancy: Pregnancy Category D. IMURAN can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. IMURAN should not be given during pregnancy without careful weighing of risk versus benefit. Whenever possible, use of IMURAN in pregnant patients should be avoided. This drug should not be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis in pregnant women.12
Given this information, I think you should discuss with your doctor whether to continue on this drug during your pregnancy. As you may know, risk is highest with any drug in the first trimester.
ETA: I found the answer from cj7 to your original post. This is what she said, and I quote:
"I became pregnant. I was scared and excited all at once. The doctors told me I had to abort. My husband and I were crushed. They could take me off the drugs through the pregnancy and my hormones would probably take care of me. Until the baby would be born. Your hormones take a nose dive after birth. That's when the scary part came, I could die after the birth because they wouldn't be able to get my drugs back in my system fast enough."
She ended up having an abortion 3 mos. into the pregnancy. This is something you should really look into more and perhaps get a 2nd opinion as to the safety of not only your baby but also yourself if you continue with this pregnancy.
Post Edited (hep93) : 12/22/2009 11:02:27 PM (GMT-7)
As long as your doc is A-OK with it, then I guess it's fine. Nope, I had my girl well before I got sick. She was 8 when I was diagnosed. They had been watching me for what they thought might end up being Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder as my ANA was elevated as of 2003. I had joint paint in my hands but no other markers were elevated so I went to a rheumatologist every year to monitor. So it wasn't surprising that I ended up with an autoimmune disease (I also have 2 sisters, from different moms, who have MS)...it's in my genes.
I was told by my hep that if I desperately wanted any more children then we'd need to discuss it at length in a few years...I'm already 41 (I was 38 then) so I'm good with not having any more. I'm also a single mom and I'm really happy with just the one! I had a severe onset of AIH too so that's likely why they were leaning towards me not getting pregnant again. My hep said I'll stay on meds indefinitely as I would probably flare and each flare is usually harder to get into remission. I play it really safe now! Stress is always there but I try to dodge it whenever I can!
I do wish you a super easy and wonderful pregnancy! A lot is mind over matter so try to focus on all the positive.
Hi Nel. So you did have a safe pregnancy on Imuran? That is so nice to hear. I have miscarried twice in the past 2 years. The Dr. say it has nothing to do with the Imuran or my AIH. You baby is healthy and no birth defects? I'm only on 50mg Imuran. Did you breast feed on the Imuran?? Thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to hear from you.
Dany, I was on Lovenox for some time after my initial hip replacements, injecting myself at home. Of course, I didn't have AIH, but hep C.