Posted 1/15/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)
UCinNC - Yes, many women experience a blissful remission during their pregnancy. Mine has been more of a rocky road. I was in remission for several years before I became pregnant. Then, I flared during the first trimester. Pred got that back under control, and all has been fine. Now, I am having some issues creep up that I think are signs of a flare again. At this point, it's hard to know if the bowel issues are the start of a flare or just a symptom of late pregnancy because my flares usually start with blood and I don't have any this time. Just some D this time, which I never get. So, I am monitoring it and keeping my GI and OB both up to speed.
As for UC after pregnancy, I was told that it breaks down like this - 1/3 of women's UC will improve, 1/3 will get worse, 1/3 will stay the same. It's hard for the docs to predict what 1/3 you will be in. Someone on the boards went to a conference several months ago where one of the leading GIs discussed pregnancy issues. If I recall correctly, she pretty much brought back the same information.
Overall, my pregnancy has been great. Little bit of morning sickness in the beginning but nothing terrible. Little bit of anemia but nothing terrible. Truthfully, my husband and I waited so long for this that I would tolerate anything. We are just so excited! My due date was 2/26, but I am having a c-section at the request of my GI, so I am now scheduled to have the baby at 7:30 a.m. EST on Monday, February 18. We can't wait to meet the little guy!
My GI requested a c-section to preserve the pelvic floor and anal sphincter muscle. This way, if I ever need a colostomy, I will be a candidate for the j-pouch reconnection. My OB was completely on board.
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)