IBS worse during pregnancy?

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   Posted 12/4/2005 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
We are not considering children until after we are officially married (not too long :) ), but I was wondering if the symptoms got worse during pregnancy for any of you who have children?  I know that the D gets worse around that time of the month and that hormones during pregnancy cause constipation sometimes (C is not a problem I currently have).  Any insight would be helpful at easing my worries or giving me something to ask my Dr about when it gets closer to time.

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   Posted 12/4/2005 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Actaully altough not offically dx with anythig at the time of my preganancies, I felt better after the first trimester, but at the end of 3rd trimester, the d comesback in full force, sign of close to labor so I was told. I think you may find many people on several of these forums actually feel better during pregnancy, not everyone but quite a few, not sure why though?? Becasue I know hormones play a bg role in alot of these autimmnune disorders, so you would think it would be worse during pregnancy?? I think its after the pregancy that the immune system has been woken up and thats when your body starts to over immnune if you know what I mean, thats just my experience, and from what I can tell from others stoires, is what alot of people experinece,but we are all different very hard to say how it may turn out for you. Im sorry not much of a help, hopefully others will have more and better advice. I can tell you there is a lady in the lupus forum who is now 6 months pregnant never felt better. But I am thinking gonna be a diffent story 6 months after birth. I also knew alady who has cerably palsy, could barley walk, has to use walker canes etc, when she was pregnant she was as healthy as could be walked perfectly fine. but after baby born, she was back to same ole problems, maybe some wise person here can explain the whole hormone thing here, why well during pregnancy and then back to being sick after pregancy??? Good luck MSU, hoepe others have some answers... smurf

***Take Care.....Sheryl***

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   Posted 12/4/2005 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was almost totally symptom free during my whole pregnancy with my son. Some people have it better and some people have it worse... same goes for different pregnancies for the same person. I am not sure why it is, I guess it may be how your body reacts to the pregnancy hormones. I wouldn't worry about it too much though, IMO a baby is totally worth it even if your symptoms get worse for 9 months :)
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   Posted 12/7/2005 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   

I can tell you that my experience was that I noticed no difference in my symptoms while I was pregnant....afterwards was another story. I never had problems with hemi's until giving birth. IBS seems to make them a chronic condition for me. My dr told me that the effects on your body of carrying a child as well as delivery both worsen the symptoms of IBS which has been true for me. I had problems though with my pregnancy. I gained ALOT of weight...70 lbs and I had toxemea. My kidneys stopped functioning at the end and I was induced at 36 weeks so maybe my case isn't typical. I can tell you, though that my daughter brings me more joy than I could have ever imagined. I actually just posted a question about a second preg. I wonder if the symptoms will worsen even further after each preg or is is just one time deal?

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   Posted 12/8/2005 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
A bit OT but I have been reading up on preeclampsia (toxemia) some since every woman on both sides of my family have had it. Seems I'm doomed to have it as well, so no children for me. Interestingly enough, although you had it with your first pregnancy, you may not have it with subsequent ones. My mother's mother had it two out of three prenancies (I can't remember, though, if it was with her first two or last two). And they've found that not only is it genetic, but it can be passed through the male's side as well as the female's side (which is why I am doomed, having it on both) and that even girls born to a mother who did not have toxemia when they were born--but had it later with their other pregnancies--have equal chance of having it as their siblings; i.e. the genes get passed on regardless of whether the mother got sick during that pregnancy or not. So it's something your daughter will have to beware of when she goes to have children one day.

My mother read something about it taking several years for a woman's body to return to normal after having a child. You probably should just ask your OB/GYN how long should you wait between having children given your health issues and age. Hemmroids are a frequent complaint during and after pregnancy, as is loss of bladder control. Just the result of carrying the weight of an average-sized bowling ball around on top of your organs. I'm sure your IBS only makes those hemmroids worse since they can't get a rest to heal.
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