Posted 9/7/2011 4:08 PM (GMT -7)
i was on it while i was pregnant, i met with a dr who specializes in how medicines can affect pregnancies and the risks and all. he told me that the risk of a flare is much worse, and that even though immuran is a class D, there are very few drugs that are classified D that are really THAT bad. He named them, but that was over 6 years ago. I went before i was pregnant, but he told me that taking folic acid could help negate a lot of the problems that immuran can cause. but you need to be on folic acid before get pregnant and especially in the first trimester. With taking folic acid it lowers the risk of the brain and spinal deformities to almost the same risk any woman has, but it doesn't really that much to the risk for cleft pallete, but thats a fairly easy fix.
anyway, my son was fine! i went to a high risk OB and delivered in a hospital with a NICU, just in case. I was also on phenobarbital which has pretty much the same problems as immuran.
I'm not sure since you are just on immuran if you will have to do this, but it's a blood thinner too, and with me being on both i had to have some shots a few weeks before giving birth, i think of vitamin K, can't remember exactly to help my blood clot. which didn't really help much, i bled A LOT.
Anyway, when i had him, he had some problems, but that was because the cord was around his neck and he got stuck, the nurses and drs didn't think it had anything to do with the meds.
Now that was over 6 years ago when i saw that specialist, i actually went to see him about a year before i actually got pregnant, so i'm sure lots of things have changed since then.
I beat myself up the whole time i was pregnant, and worried the whole time because i was taking these dangerous drugs and could be hurting my baby, and it was very hard for me to remember that i would be doing more damage to him if i didn't take them. And then i also had to remember that lots of women are doing far more dangerous things while pregnant (smoking, drinking, illegal drugs etc...) and that i was doing the best i could by taking extra precautions and worrying about my child.
where i was going with this long rambling is don't be hard on yourself for it, and try not to worry, you are doing the right thing by staying healthy. good luck!
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