UC-wise, I am feeling pretty good so far. (all of 2 weeks since my positive pregnancy test though! We have awhile to go yet...) Pregnancy-wise, I feel fatigued, vaguely nauseated, and my chest is SORE! I'm actually very grateful for the symptoms, as crazy as that seems...they are reassuring.
I didn't know I had UC until 3 days after my second son (my last pregnancy) was born. I actually had my first-ever flare throughout that pregnancy. At around 12 weeks, I had mucous, but no other symptoms. The OB on call said it was "stress." (??) At 18 weeks I had some blood to go with the mucous, but bowel habits were still regular, 1-2 times per day, solid. My OB thought it was hemrhoids and gave me topical cream to use. At 32 weeks I thought I had food poisoning--I will spare the details, but I couldn't go more than 20 minutes (day and night) without needing the toilet. It took 3 weeks of failed treatments before my new GI threw up his hands and scheduled me for a scope. The prep put me into labor--our son arrived healthy, just small, at 35 weeks. My symptoms didn't improve with delivery, so I had a colonoscopy when he was 3 days old that finally gave me the UC diagnosis.
So, I don't really know how my body will respond to pregnancy this time around--I had my first fare while preg. before, but I wasn't medicated. I'm hopeful that since I'm in a good remission with only minor blips here and there, that I can continue with this happy trend for the next 7 months.
--I am so encouraged by what you say about breastfeeding!! I stopped nursing my second son at 4 months when I started the imuran. We had just started him on some solids, so I felt a little less guilty; he at least got 4 exclusive months of breast milk. I would LOVE to do at least that much with this baby. I think I will contact our lactation consultant and pediatrician as well.
What you say about breastfeeding makes a lot of sense, and I hadn't heard that before, thank you. I agree--it seems like the info out there is very incomplete. Keep us posted on your decisions!! (yikes, my boys are starting to crash...time to stop playing on the computer and get them ready for bed!) -Erica
Pancolitis, diagnosed July 2006, at age 29
Imuran, Asacol, Rowasa*(new!)
Experimenting with diet, live culture yogurt and probiotics