Anyone NOT flare after giving birth?

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Kdragon09
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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm expecting my first child in July. I've been in remission since October 2007, but am terrified that I'll flare after I have the baby. Not sure how related my symptoms were to hormones. I thought they were worse during my period, but I felt horrible regardless.  
Female,27, Diagnosed 08/2007 with extensive colitis after flaring for 10 months
 
Pescetarian with vegan tendencies
 
16 weeks pregnant 
 
 Medication: Lialda 4.8 mg/day 
 
***Offer it up to the souls in Purgatory.***
 
  

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AMK77
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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had a baby a month ago and now I have an appt. with my GI next week. I'm not on any meds right now - this is what we are going to discuss. I was on antibiotics 2 weeks after delivery and feel that is what has stirred things up, tho it could also be the fluctuation in hormones. Sorry I don't have a definite answer since I don't even know myself. I wouldn't say I'm in a flare but things are different than when I was pg. While I was pg I was practically in remission - it was great!
31 yr old female
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any more meds for now. Trying a holistic approach.


JM21204
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm giving birth to my first on 3/10 so I'll be sure to let you know. I sure hope I don't!!
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


onebumgut
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I flared about 2 months after each of my children. ( I have 2). This doesnt mean that you will. But I suggest making sure to follow your doctors orders on what meds you can and cannot take. Even though I got the ok from my doc that I could take my Pentasa while pregnant and nursing. With my first, I was so paranoid about her getting something through the breast milk, I stopped taking them right after I had her....I think part of that is what led into my flare. For my second..he was a very hard baby, so I attribute that was to a little more stress.

I also wonder too, because I had c-sections for both of them, if that had anything to do with it...who knows.
UC - diagnosed in 1993
Pentasa - 4 - 500mgs /day
Probiotics
Accupuncture with herbal supplements
Canasa when needed


Kdragon09
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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have C-sections because of colitis?  
Female,27, Diagnosed 08/2007 with extensive colitis after flaring for 10 months
 
Pescetarian with vegan tendencies
 
16 weeks pregnant 
 
 Medication: Lialda 4.8 mg/day 
 
***Offer it up to the souls in Purgatory.***
 
  


fruitgirl
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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my first-ever flare after I had my son in October.  It started about 4 weeks after. 

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I was womdering about child birth and colitis. What if you are flaring and you have to go to the bathroom? I would be very nervous about "things" happening and not being able to control them.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


fruitgirl
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
You mean when you're in labor and/or pushing? If that's it, then don't worry. Lots of women have BM's during labor, especially while pushing. The nurses don't even bat an eye...they just clean it up and keep going.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   

yes, that is exactly what I meant. OH, that is a relief.

I bet they don't all have colitis mucus D though tongue

fruitgirl said...
You mean when you're in labor and/or pushing? If that's it, then don't worry. Lots of women have BM's during labor, especially while pushing. The nurses don't even bat an eye...they just clean it up and keep going.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


hekela
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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
i had my first flare after my first. so i didn't know what was wrong with me, finally went to my doc when things were pretty bad, then to my GI, then thru denial, and finally on meds.

during my 2nd pregnancy my UC was very stable. i thought i was going to flare (things were getting mushy & more frequent) but i cut back on junk food that i was able to eat during pgncy. so i now only eat stuff that i cook at home, nothing from a can, and i juice veggies. i am still on asacol. but no flare and things are feeling really stable now and BMs are good.

both labors were all natural. i breastfed my oldest until he was over 2 years. still nursing my 5 month old. so i've either been pregnant or nursing the whole time i've had UC.
hope your pregnancy is going well!
aloha
30, happily married, stay at home mom to 3 year old son and 4 month old son.
currently: doing well
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), dx'd June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in Jan 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, spinach juice

may you live all the days of your life.


canserb3
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   Posted 2/9/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in remission for about 4 years when I became pregnant. One month into the pregnancy I flared. Treated with Colazal, Canasa and enemas. Finally flare cleared up completely after a week of the flu (was only eating chicken broth which rested my colon, not something I would usually suggest to a pregnant woman!!!). Continued with Colazal and used the Canasa until 34 weeks. 7 weeks after birth I had my most severe flare yet. Taken off of colazal and put on prednisone (not breast feeding) for 6 weeks as well as enemas in the evening and Canasa in the evening. Cleared within a week. Am now on Lialda but have been experiencing joint pain this past week so it may be related.

BTW.....have a beautiful 6 month old that was worth the flare ups!!!!

Kdragon09
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
So will breastfeeding help ease my hormones back to normal?
Female,27, Diagnosed 08/2007 with extensive colitis after flaring for 10 months
 
Pescetarian with vegan tendencies
 
16 weeks pregnant 
 
 Medication: Lialda 4.8 mg/day 
 
***Offer it up to the souls in Purgatory.***
 
  


AMK77
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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think breastfeeding will affect your hormones, they're going to be all over the place no matter what you do. (I'm breastfeeding my 5 week old).
31 yr old female
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any meds for now. May be on 6mp soon?


JM21204
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI did recommend a C Section for me. She said in case I do want surgery some day, the less strain I have placed on that part of my body the better. But considering now that I'm 36 weeks and the baby is frank breech, I would have had to have had one anyway.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


Chasblah
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in a flare already when I had my baby.
They may give you a stress dose of steroids during labor. I fought against that, but my OBGYN and GI dr. consulted and agreed with each other that it was best. So I lost. But it ended up being ok.

My Dr.s recommended vaginal for the surgery reason too. They said why have more scar tissue to deal with (unless of course I NEEDED a c-section) I was glad to get to try vaginal. And it was all just fine.

Breastfeeding will affect your hormones! B/c you have those hormones to make milk.

FYI - I was on pred. and asacol during my whole pregnancy and breasfeeding ( I breastfed my daughter until she was 9 months old-would've gone longer, but I needed to have surgery) My baby started having diarrhea at about 2 months old. A bm every hour. It scared us so much! As you can all imagine. We stayed in a childrens hosp. for a few days, where they never found out why she was having D. So I went to a pediatric GI when she was about 3 months old and he suggested that asacol sometimes causes D in breastfed babies and recommended I stop. COLD TURKEY (which was way traumatizing for the both of us) Well, we started soy formula-she got better and so the GI said I could try breastfeeding again (I was pumping and dumping) and see what happened, In the meantime I took myself down from 4 asacol 3 X day to 3 2Xday-my body really didn't like it, but she ended up doing just fine! No more D and we breastfed for a lot longer with no probs. Just be aware that asacol can do that. It doesn't happen often, but it can.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


onebumgut
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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Tryin2Maintain,

I did not have a c section because of the colitis. My first baby was breech. So I had the option of doing a c section or a version. I choose c section. I think really in my heart of hearts, I had no desire to give birth naturally..I was a bit worried about things stretching out down there..and loosing some of the muscle in the "butt" area. So I was totally fine with a c section. And then with my second (and my last), I choose to do another c section.

I recovered from my flare with the second much more quickly. It had been a few more years and I was taking many more preventitive meds: probiotics and fish oil. So I think that helped in some way.
UC - diagnosed in 1993
Pentasa - 4 - 500mgs /day
Probiotics
Accupuncture with herbal supplements
Canasa when needed

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