Pregnancy, IBD, nausea/vomiting

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   Posted 1/23/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
What does it feel like to have a partial obstruction/stricture?
I'm asking because I'm 13 weeks pregnant and at 7 weeks I started having a flare.  Took Pentasa, Canasa and my bms are more formed (almost constipated).  Some days I don't even go (and just pass mucous/blood).
When I eat  I have this early satiety and if I eat more, I feel nauseous and vomit.  I'm taking Zofran (maximum dosage) for the nausea/vomiting and it was helping earlier on in the it's not helping...I'm vomiting more and it's draining...
After I eat, I get mildly bloated, distended and feel sooo nauseous and then puke....mostly in the evenings...I'm thinking this is just the nausea of pregnancy but it was never this bad in the my first pregnancy...could it be a partial bowel obstruction?

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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you should call your GI and explain to him what is going on to be on the safe side.
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   Posted 1/23/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
To me, this sounds like it is pregnancy related. I have had the bloating, distension and nausea at night throughout my entire pregnancy - even now at 36 weeks. It has gotten worse as the baby has gotten bigger. The only way I found to manage it is to eat smaller meals throughout the day, as opposed to large meals. Your uterus is growing with the pregnancy and is pushing on and crowding the orgrans in your gut... this is what causes the discomfort. The pregnancy could be causing the constipation, too. That is pretty common in pregnant women.

That being said, your UC is obviously still flaring, so I agree with Red. You should discuss this with both your GI and your OB to make sure everything is alright.

Hang in there! Things will likely improve during your second trimester.
Current Medications:
- 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)

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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with exepecting. Every pregnancy is different, so this one might just be causing you more morning sickness. (Maybe you are having a girl!!) I had MS until almost 5 months and I had it all day every day. I also had constipation. If you don't go for over 48 hours definitely talk to your OB/GYN I actually had to use a fleet enemas to get me moving and then didn't have problems again. It was so odd to be constipated as I have always had the opposite problems. It is bad to not go for a long time, so make sure you are calling.

But you are also still asacol/colozal, etc.?? And you are doing the enemas nightly? Keep that up. For me, I went into remission around 14/15 weeks and stayed that way until I weaned, so the pregnancy hormones might eventually help you maintain remission, but you need to get in remission in order to stay there!

Good luck. Nothing worse than flaring while pregnant. It was very scary for me! I had a horrible flare and my baby is 100% fine, so try not to worry too much, but do get things under control as fast as possible.
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   Posted 1/24/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I have to say, it's nice to be constipated (and not have diarrhea) ;)
I think Zofran is a little constipating also.
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