humira&pregnancy-anyone been through it?

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/30/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hey, i'm new to this forum, and i know this topic has already been discussed but i just wanted to bump it up to see if anyone else would care to share their experiences on this, had a sm. bowel resection last july. i got married in oct 09 so my hubby and i wanted to start trying for a baby, however when i came off the humira i begun to show signs of a flare up so now my doc wants to put me back on it indefinitely. i'm concerned about the fact that there is so little known on the effects of this drug on the developing foetus. my doc, like many, have said that the risk of having a baby during a flare up is far more risky than having a baby whilst on humira. i wouldnt get pg during a flare up, but i'm just not conviced about the humira, it's a powerful drug and cant see how it's completely harmless to a growing baby.. am i being over-paranoid here.. my mind is just racing to be honest, very broody and thought i'd be pregnant by now!!!! it's a setback to say the least!
so any input would be greatly appreciated, is it worth "taking a chance" on a new life...
thank you x
diagnosed aged 8, now aged 27
2 sm. bowel resections
no meds currently.

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 5/31/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a humira baby. I started taking humira in my 2nd trimester, was on remicade during the 1st, but had to switch due to lost effectiveness (had been on remi for 6+ years). Baby is almost 18 months and happy and healthy as can be. While pregnant I participated in OTIS' study on humira and pregnant women and their babies. The study was a very small study, but the results have shown that there is no greater prevalence of birth defects, etc. than there is in the general population. Hence, at this point in time there is no evidence that Humira is unsafe to take while pregnant. To finish off our part of the study, the head doctor in charge (Dr. Kenneth Jones - one of the two docs who named and classified Fetal Alcohol Syndrom in 1973) just flew across the country from San Diego to my home to examine my baby (and 2 other babies in the area). He said she looked great and reassured my on my future plans to take humira while I try for another baby.

I have two remicade babies and one humira baby. My children are all intelligent and healthy. I always planned to have a 4th child and I was confident in taking humira while pregnant, but after this study I am even more confident that everything will be fine. I also breastfed for 7 months while on humira. In simple terms, the humira molecule is considered too large to pass through to the milk. If you have more questions I'm happy to help. Good luck to you!!!
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