before i got pregnant, i went to a high risk dr and a dr who specialized in medicine and pregnancies, they have a name cant remember what it is,lol. he had been doing it for 30 years, and told me that, even though lots of these medicines are listed as D class, its because there are no tests, and in his experience there are very few of the drugs that are bad enough that it is better to risk the mother getting sick from whatever she is taking them for. On a side note, please check with drug companies to sign up to have your pregnancy tracked while you are on these meds, thats the only way they can gather info on how it affects pregnanices and babies. I did it, costs nothing, i think they even paid me some, and if they want more tests they pay for those also.
Anyway, i was on phenobarbital, lamictal (not for UC) immuran and asacol (for uc)
lamictal and asacol dont affect babies, the other two are listed as D, with the major problems being cleft palete, easily correctable, and def not worth the risk of flaring.
Taking folic acid is very important, for anyway, but esp for women taking meds like immuran, because it can affect brain development, i cant remember the exact numers, but like every woman has a chance of having a child with sphinabiphida, taking immuran, 6mp, phenobarbital raise that chance, but taking folic acid in the first 3 months of pregnancy can lower it back down to close to the normal.
So, if you are thinking of getting pregnant, start loading up on it now. you cant really overdose, unless you were to take like half a bottle or something, lol.
anyway, after my long speil, i took it, i flared immediately after pregnacy and ended up with surgery a few years later.
I was classified a high risk pregnancy and went more often and got ultra sounds everymonth, woo hoo, lol. And also got to get special ultrasounds. I delivered in a hospital with a nic-u and luckily only needed it for a short while, not related to the meds or uc at all!
i went into labor early, at like 34 weeks, again not related to meds, it was dehydration and heat related. but they stopped it and i made it to 39 and half weeks, when they induced.
Anyway, when i was pushing he got stuck and swallowed a lot of fluid and wasnt breathing correctly when he came out, and had to have his little stomach pumped three times in the first 18 hours. Thats the reason for the nic-u.
Anyway, he is 4 now, no brain damage at all, he has been speaking in sentences for three years now and can spell, read, add, subtract, simple multiplication and division, knows the planets, he is, super smart. No problems at all!
so very long story short, the risk of flaring (and in my case also seizures) was not worth the tiny tiny risk to the baby.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-