Pregnancy & Crohn's - pain?

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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, it's been a while since I came on to chat.  The last time was to tell you all I was pregnant!
I'm now at 30 weeks and have been doing really well, but the last 2 nights experienced something and wanted to ask about it.  I'm trying to get in to a doctor's appointment too.
I've been in full remission from Crohn's (thank you Remicade) and feeling good, but the last few days had a lot of unavoidable work & personal stress, probably didn't eat too well, and woke up with major stomach pain.  It felt like my entire stomach (baby and all) had been beat up for hours.  The first time it happened I was able to get back to sleep by changing positions, but this morning it happened again and no matter what I did the pain wouldn't go away, unless I actually sat up.

I think it's possible I have an irritated gut and that the baby was resting on it.

Has this happened to you?  How do you deal?

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   Posted 10/17/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
What kind of pain? Can you tell if it's in your stomach/guts vs. uterus? Once you're this far along (I'm 29 weeks) it all kind of feels like the same big area. :) I've been feeling quite a bit of discomfort lately and it's hard to find a position that is comfortable. I have a section of intestine that gets quite tender/painful and it's usually right at my belly button - well now thanks to baby, it's all the way up to right under my breasts. Sometimes I can't find the right way to lie down and it's frustrating. I would venture to say that what you're feeling is a combo of 1) a rough few days, 2)the baby pushing on stuff, and 3) the discomfort anyone gets towards the end of pregnancy. I don't have any great suggestions... just try to find a comfortable way to position yourself and see if you can have a relaxing weekend to get some balance back (no stress!!!).

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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Stef17 thanks for your reply & sorry it's taken so long to respond to your post. I just got back from the doctor and he said everything is fine, so I think you were right in your assessment. He also added it's very possible I was having Braxton Hicks contractions. I'm so relieved!

Good luck on your pregnancy and I hope your discomfort is eased.

I'm not sure if this might be helpful (or you may be doing this already) but yoga is the only think that relieves my discomfort and it is such a lifesaver. Especially cat pose and child pose. A great prenatal video is the Crunch prenatal yoga DVD.
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