Blood during Pregnancy

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*Jen*
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   Posted 10/28/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I have had blood off and on for the last 2 months.  I'm still taking my 6 Asacol at night though sometimes I see them whole in my stool.  Is it possible that the pregnancy hormones or changes to my body have changed my colons PH and so they aren't dissolving?  I started bleeding about 2 months ago, my GI did all the bloodwork and said that I was fine, but blood to me = flare.  She said that I could have hemmroids which also causes blood and mucous, but again it looks like a flare to me.  I don't have urgency.  I've had softer poops, but still only going around 3 times a day which isn't bad.  So, I've been using the Rowasa/Meselemine enemas on and off for 2 months, lately it has been 2 weeks straight with NO change(It is really hard to use those when you are 8+ months pregnant FYI!) and no change.  Still bleeding.  Should I be worried?  Even though my doc said not to increase Asacol should I so that I ward off an even bigger flare from giving birth?  I am petrified of flaring majorly when I have a newborn, have to breastfeed, and will have zero sleep...  Any advice would be great!  Thanks.
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Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


Beth75
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   Posted 10/28/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I would ask your GI about sulfasalazine, it may break down better in your system than the asacol? Get a second opinion, you have more than every right to do that, esp. since you are pregnant.
Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 10/28/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
see, very often during pregnancy flares subside- reason being is your immune system is suppressed thruout your pregnancy to avoid trying to reject the fetus. So, generally immune system disorders sort of ease up during a pregnancy. What does your Ob/Gyn say? I'd go with their advice on this one, rather than your GI's. And unless other symptoms start creeping up, like increased bm's, urgency, etc., try not to worry about the blood. I see blood nearly every day. It sounds like you're stressing out majorly about the whole UC/pregnancy issue, which is probably doing more harm than anything else. Relax....... it does you no good to worry about something that may not even happen, & which you have no control over in any event. I know it's easier said than done, but for the sake of your health (& your babies), you gotta do it! If you have a major flare post childbirth, then you deal with it then. Not now.


diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 

Post Edited (Eva Lou) : 10/28/2008 12:15:56 PM (GMT-6)


shannon1
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   Posted 10/28/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any advice in what u should do now, other than contacting your OB and seeing what they want you to do. I can tell u that i flared throughout my second pg, and was even on pred. which didn't stop my flare. I flared BAD right after birth, had a preemie, she was in NICU, i was recovering from a c-section, had a 4 yr old at home, and had the baby in NICU for 28 days and was breastfeeding.


I can tell you that it was pure hell on my body, but i did make it through, as will u if u flare bad after birth. I hope u have a supportive family to help out and maybe even an inlaw to come stay for a week or so after the birth of the baby.....remember, while we are women, we CAN:T do it all....lol good luck
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


*Jen*
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   Posted 10/28/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Family? HAHAHAHA....the only ones I have are my parents. I had the flu this weekend(fever body aches, etc.) and am 9 months pregnant, they had more important things to do then help me out. Thank god my DH is there to support me. Without him I wouldn't be having a second child. He is taking a month off of work(thank god we live in California..the laws here are wonderful!) to help out after the baby is born and my daughter(2 1/2) will still be in daycare, so I think we will be ok.

My OB doesn't seem worried about my flare. There has been blood in my urine too since I started the flare, they ran some tests to rule out an infection, and then just shrugged. I'm not worried about the flare now as it isn't tons of blood, but would love to be back in remission before I go into labor. Doesn't look like that will happen. oh well...
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 

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