I have a 7 week old and am on 12 Asacol a day. I flared 4 weeks after giving birth and had to up the dose to 12. I also added in cortifoam this week to hopefully get my flare under control. I am breastfeeding exclusively(my son is intolerant to dairy and soy so he can't take any formula) and have not seen any ill effects to him from my meds. My GI specializes in UC and specifically pregnancy/UC(I'm in a study with her documenting my symptoms while pregnant and after) she said that the only effect for Asacol on the baby would be Diarrhea, which my son has not had. The steroids in the enema can cross over the breastmilk, but I think it is a very small amount and like Asia said you have to be healthy, otherwise you can't BF at all. I won't stay on the cortifoam for long, just need to get my flare under control and then I will switch to the Rowasa enemas for maintenance. I'm hopin that will be after next week as my flare is finally calming down.
As for the question about
pregnancy. Everyone is different. With my first pregnancy, I was on NO meds(stupid back then and feeling so good I thought I didn't need them) I flared the worst flare I have ever had while 6 weeks pregnant and was sure I was going to lose the baby. I didn't. She is a happy and healthy 2 1/2 year old. I used hydrocortisone enemas for 2 weeks to get that flare under control and continued to use Rowasa enemas throughout my pregnancy. With this pregnancy I was on Asacol 6 pills a day for the entire pregnancy. I didn't flare, though the last trimester I had some blood/mucous, but my GI said it could have been from internal hemroids...I'm not sure as I didn't have pain or urgency so she could be right. Hormones play a huge part of my UC, so when I stop BFing this time around I am going to make sure I am using enemas every day for 2 weeks prior and stay on 12 Asacol to hopefully avoid a flare. If you have to take more severe drugs then the 5-ASA ones, I would talk to your doc before getting pregnant, but I know many woman do stay on stronger drugs and still have healthy babies. Good luck! Honestly it isn't easy flaring with a newborn(or anytime), but it is worth it because they are such amazing children! I have my two and I am done so I wouldn't want to be pregnant and BF with UC over and over again, but 2 was worth it for me.
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!