Don't worry about
being pregnant while flaring. A very recent study found that active disease does not increase the risk of bad pregnancy outcomes. (you can find a summary of the study on the CCFA website; the study was published this fall and followed pregnant Kaiser IBD patients). The study found that the medicine taken and the activity of disease during pregnancy did not make it any more risky than merely having IBD itself. So just relax and take care of yourself.
[found the link to the abstract:
Here's a summary:
RESULTS: ...Women with IBD were more likely to have an adverse conception outcome, ... an adverse pregnancy outcome, ... or a pregnancy complication ...; however, the difference between the 2 groups in adverse newborn outcomes was not statistically significant. ... Severity of disease and medical treatments were not associated with an adverse outcome.
CONCLUSIONS: Women with IBD are more likely to have an adverse outcome related to pregnancy [than healthy women]. Disease activity and medical treatment did not predict adverse outcomes in a large, nonreferral population.]
I am 11 weeks right now and would have no qualms about
taking pred. It is one of the oldest and most studied meds. Everyone I talked to said it was safe. If I end up needing it, I wouldn't think twice about
it. I'm also on pentasa (similar to asacol) and was oked to take 6mp while pregnant (I just don't need it now).
Hope your flare settles down soon, and good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.
Currently in remission!
Post Edited (inflamed) : 1/23/2008 7:21:44 PM (GMT-7)