HI All: Just a question...or two regarding Pregnancy, fertility and Crohn's!

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   Posted 10/14/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Like I have said previously, I have only just been diagnosed, but apparently have had it for some time before that.
My partner and I have been trying for a baby for approximately 2+ years, and as yet have been unsuccessful: we have also had one early-term miscarriage.
My doc tells me that it could all be related to Crohn's: how many of you have had similar experiences? And when you do get pregnant how does this disease effect the pregnancy? I would imagine we would have to be super careful about vitamins etc in the those first few months at least... And it's an extremely personal question, but have any of you ever had a miscarriage linked to Crohn's??
I have lots of questions about this arena and how Crohn's affect's it!
And thanks to all the people that replied to my previous post  tongue :  it makes me feel like I am not the only 20 year old with it...Here where I live, a town with around 20,000 + people in it, only around a 100 other people have it...
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm

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   Posted 10/14/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jo,

I have always gotten pregnant with one try but did have a miscarriage with the first pregnancy. I was not diagnosed at the time and always wondered if it could have been linked to me not knowing I had crohns. But about 3 years later, while pregnant with my 2nd son, I stumbled across my medical records from the hospital visit due to the miscarriage. (My husband and I did not care to know the cause at the time) And I found that the baby had trisomy 9. I wish I could be of more help.

I know this really didn't help your question but wanted to let you know you are not alone.

Hang in there and I really hope everything works out for you.


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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo - I had 2 m/c before having my 2 daughters. They weren't related to Crohn's. I had a blood clotting disorder that required me to take a baby aspirin during pregnancy to keep the blood flowing between me and the placenta. 3 of my pregnancies happened on the first try and one on the second month.
It's very important to take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy, but that's true for people who don't have Crohn's as well. My disease didn't affect my pregnancies at all and I felt GREAT while I was pregnant.
Good luck with everything!
Dx in early 1999
Resection in June 2006
Currently on Humira

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   Posted 10/14/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never miscarried, I got pregnant easily with both of my kids, one before CD and one after, my pregnancies were pretty much identical to one another other than with the second I pooped more because of having CD but pregnancy wise they were the same, no morning sickness, no issues at all, both born right on time and both big babies, first one (girl) 8lbs 15oz, second one (boy) 8lbs 3oz. I wasn't on any oral RX for my CD when pregnant with the second one, only used cortifoam for a short time in those 9 months and I was flaring.

There are many women that don't have IBD or any GI issues that have difficulty getting/staying pregnant so although maybe for some IBD women they may have issues, it may or may not be related to them having IBD.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 10/16/2008 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i have crohn's colitis and i am 7 weeks pregnant, it took less than a year to get pregnant, this is my fist pregnancy. I am feeling great, crohn's in remission. I thought would be very difficul to get pregnant, first my age iam 38 years old and my crohn, but i was wrong the baby came as a surprise . Good lucky!!!!

38 yeras old, 100 mg azathioprine, pre natal vitamins, probiotic and fish oil.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I had all 3 of my girls after my diagnosis. I like many of the above did not have any problems getting pregnant either. In fact usually after 2 weeks of being off the pill I was pregnant. All my pregnancies were normal, no morning sickness at all for any of them. I had my first vaginally, my second via C-Sect and my 3rd I had VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Sect). My Crohns was fine during all the pregnancies although I did flare about 9 mos after baby number 2.

Maybe you are trying too hard??? Sometimes when we want to be pregnant so bad thats all we think about. I think sometimes that can make getting pregnant a little harder. JMHO

And good luck!!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I just had my first baby 7 weeks ago. It took about 6 months to get pregnant, but as soon as I stopped actively thinking "THIS time I will be pregnant" it happened. I was in remission and on Pentasa the whole pregnancy. I felt great the entire time and have a healthy girl who liked me so much she was 2 weeks late. Things went so well I am excited to go for #2 as soon as is practical.

Good luck,
Currently in remission!

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   Posted 10/16/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Some good questions!
I am wondering if the medication can affect things? I am on azathioprine and have read mixed reviews about being on it whilst trying to get pregnant. Haven't gone down that road yet, so I don't have any experiences. Good luck though :)

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   Posted 10/16/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that (the medication thing) was something I wondered about: my doctor took me off the Predisone yesterday: so yah for me! He has given me a month, and then will review the resection surgery he was going to do: yah!
He has also been really supportive of my efforts to fall pregnant: in fact that was one of the reasons he took me off the Predisone. It's good, because I have had doctors just ignore me and put me in the "too young" pile: and tell me it's all in my head! (it's not: come on: it's been 2 years! And trust me, it's not like we only have sex once a week! lol! smilewinkgrin )
All you women who fall pregnant so easily are so lucky and make me soooo jealous wink ! I wish it was as easy as lie back, wham, bam, thankyou man!
I know that there are other problems involved: my hormones are out of whack, and my uterus is slightly tilted etc. In saying that, the doctor still said that the infertility and Crohn's were linked in some way, particularily the miscarriage.
Thanks for all your comments, I really enjoy reading them! They make my day bright!

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm

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   Posted 10/17/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, the last surgery included a OB/GYN who scraped my ovary. I asked her if I would ever have kids (have been with same man and not using protection for about seven years) and she said I'd need to see a fertility specialist. Which is more than my first two GYN surgeons told me. I lost a fallopian tube which doesn't help and the major infection (from when I wasn't DX'd but had had a flare-up resulting in first resection) circled my pelvis so they called it Pelvic Inflammatory Infection. It caused swelling in a disc in my spine and some damage to my ovary (the one WITH a fallopian tube). So a lot of you have and had children but here's the other side I suppose of the spectrum. I didn't get diagnosed forever though.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Dx'd: February 2007.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

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