It's been a while since I updated you all about my pregnancy/baby experience. The good news is that I had my beautiful baby GIRL on 11-20-07-Elliott Grace Lorene Stewart. My pregnancy went so well! Even better than I expected. I was still on all of my drugs through the whole thing and saw a perinatologist to monitor the baby's development- All went normally. I felt better pregnant than I have in YEARS! (makes me think about getting pregnant again...JK) They actually thought she would be a big baby, but I hardly think 7 lbs 14oz and 19 1/2 in. is big! I was induced-but that had nothing to do with uc. At the delivery, they gave me a whopping dose of steroids b/c OB said labor can aggrivate uc. All that was fine and dandy. I had the little one vaginally (maybe TMI for all of those guys out there) The only thing was, my body was so exhausted from what it went through and I just couldn't rest (maybe steroids, but maybe just new mommy excitement)
Post-partum was a bit of a different story.
Talk about the hemorrhoids! Whew! There was a colony. Then I kept getting bladder infections (I never had a uti in my whole life until I had Elliott). You know you're uncomfortable when you are begging for a urinary catheter just to be able to pee! OUCH-I had to have 3 b4 I even left the hospital and 2 for urine cultures for my uti's after leaving. AND I kept getting vaginal infections too.(once again, sorry for TMI fellas)- The OB said it was because I have been on pred for so long, that it would just take my body a longer time to recover. 8 weeks instead of 6. All is fine now, but it took a couple of months.
Breastfeeding was also a source of stress.
Besides the normal breastfeeding whoa's (am I making enough milk, is my baby too skinny, is she latched properly, blah blah blah) I had to worry about my meds, and although everyone said it would probably be fine, my daughter started having bloody diarrhea when she was about 2 weeks old! AAAHHHHHH! We were so scared. She was straning alot and having a bm about every hour with streaks of blood in it. She was admited to the children's hospital and was kept for 3 days (heartbreaking to see your 2 week old baby lying in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm-we were assured it was not UC but I, of course, blamed myself anyway)
Even through all of that, she never acted uncomfortable, and she was such a good baby. The pediatric GI said it could be my meds (asacol), a milk protein allergy, or somthing else, but to stop breastfeeding and give soy formula, but I could continue pumping and see what happened.
I was majorly depressed and hated my disease even more for robbing me of that experience and was ready to have surgery the next day! She got better almost immediately after formula, but she wanted to nurse and that was REALLY hard to deal with. Plus stopping breastfeeding so abruptly really messed with my hormones. I cried for days. But then, The GI said I could let her nurse for a couple of feeding a day to see what happened. She did fine and to make a long story short, we are breastfeeding exclusively again and has only 0-1 bm/day. I assume it was all a milk protein allergy, because when I eat dairy she has sharts and strains. So no dairy for mom (small price to pay)
I know that was all long (and I cut corners where I could)
I will have surgery when breastfeeding is done-probably this fall. and hopefully it won't impact future pregnancies too much. I think I'll just have an ostomy until I'm done having kids. But if I can't have any more biologically, I'm so happy with my girl...I wouldn't care.
I HATE UC!!!! But I love love love my daughter!!!
Just thought I'd let you know.
27 yrs. old. married-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 and have been in a "flare" since 2004-will have colectomy probably fall '08 (most likely j-pouch)-When I'm done breastfeeding my baby girl (born 11-20-07) Pred, Asacol, B shots, prenatal vitamin, and carafate