Having a Baby with UC

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I have been struggling with UC for about 2 years now with about 2 moderate flares a year. I currently take Asacol, VSL-3, and cort enemas. My husband and I are thinking about trying to conceive over the next few years but are concerned about how this will impact my health. I would love to hear others' stories about pregnancy experiences with UC....any tips/advice?

Thank you so much!

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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
My situation will be different because I have never really had things under control and gone into remission, so my pregnancy was not good at all. I also had a miscarriage right before this pregnancy and was in a very bad flare when I got pregnant again and ended up hospitalized right at the beginning of pregnancy and was told I would miscarry again (I actually had twins and did lose one). I was not actually diagnosed until I was 5 months pregnant and had spent all of those months not really able to eat or keep anything down and was in the ER a couple times to get IV fluids. The last trimester was actually ok, though, and right after giving birth I was doing well. Within a couple weeks things got really bad again, though. I was on Asacol from the time I was diagnosed through the rest of the pregnancy and prednisone for about 3 months of the pregnancy, too. I think that's why I felt so good after birth--they gave me IV steroids while I was in the hospital. My OB told me not to get pregnant again until I have this completely under control because it was really not good for me or the baby.

Again, this is different because I have not found anything that is really working for me and it sounds like you are in a much better situation, so don't let me scare you. I know my GI told me that some women do much better during pregnancy and go into remission the entire time, while some get worse. Also, some get better after with the hormone changes and some get worse. You really can't be sure how you will react, but I would say keep taking your meds and take care of yourself during your pregnancy. Good luck
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 by flex. sig. as I was pregnant at the time and did not want to be put under for a colonoscopy
Breastfeeding my baby boy (born 4/8/09)
20 mg Prednisone AM, 20 mg PM (tapering from 60mg a day)
Started Remicade 6/11/09
Was on Asacol (2400mg or 3600mg a day) for 6 months with no success

Emily D.
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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 6/25/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I was in remission before I got pregnant last time. I was on colazol and 6-MP. My pregnancy was fabulous and I had no flares whatsoever. This pregnancy(I am currently 10 weeks along), I was not flaring at conception, but at about 4 weeks I had an absessed tooth. Went on antibiotics, threw my stomach for a loop. And even though I took probiotics during and after the antibiotics I contracted c. diff. So I feel really yucky, but I think that's all the antibiotics fault and not necessarily my UC.
UC for 12 years(diagnosed at 17 years of age)
Currently taking 8 Colazol a day
Currently pregnant(due 1/19/09) and dealing with some UC issues

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/25/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
There's a link to an article about pregnancy and IBD in the second "sticky" thread at the top of the page.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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