I haven't had the experience of being pregnant with the ileo as of yet, but my decision for the permanent ileo was heavily weighed by the fact that future pregnancies are safer with this route than with a j-pouch. My surgeon explained that process of the permanent ileo surgery and the j-pouch surgery, and then the pros and cons of each. In the end we decided that it is definitely safer for ourselves, my body, our future pregnancies (we would like at least one more biological baby, we'll adopt later in life), and our spirits if we just nixed any future complications.
My GI, surgeon and OB/GYN said the pregnancy with the ileo would be a normal pregnancy with no other risks as a 'normal' pregnancy. SOLD!!! I had a high risk pregnancy with my son, as I had active UC throughout and on all kinds of meds...so not fun. So, even though the fertility rate has lowered, I don't care. We'll start trying around this time next year and I can't wait! We talk about baby names all the time, and even though our toddler is running us ragged the idea of another baby is very exciting!!!
I am very eager to learn more about your pregnancy and experiences with the ileo!!! I'm sure it may be a little more difficult to conceal...but oh well!!! I'm almost to the point where I really could care less about people seeing my accessory. : )
: ) Robin