Below I wrote my experience with being pregnant and in a flare. I guess I just want you to be aware of what can happen, if you're interested. I don't want to scare you, but this is nothing to mess with. I heard that if you're flaring and you get pregnant, there's 80% chance that you'll continue to flare. If you're in remission and you get pregnant, there's 80% chance you'll remain in remission and have an uneventful pregnancy. If it were me (and you're not me, of course), I would want to know if I was in the clear before getting pregnant again, or at least if I was still having some inflammation. I think a blood test/stool test would be a good idea, for sure, like iPoop said. A full-on scope might be overkill if you just have it in the tail end of the colon, but you might at least consider a sigmoidoscopy.
Here's my U.C. pregnancy story; you don't have to read it unless you want to. Hopefully it helps.
I began my first flare one month before I conceived. My symptoms were very minor, like yours, and I wasn't too concerned because of that. Drop of blood occasionally, a bit of mucus, no diarrhea - just some funky stools here and there. I didn't want to go to a doctor because my mom talked about
how horrible the prednisone was and how it didn't work (I later found out that it DID work for her, she just didn't like it - understandable).
When I became pregnant, I really didn't want to go to the doctor, even though I was pretty certain I had U.C. like my mom. I was concerned about
the meds affecting my baby negatively, particularly the pred. (that was the only med I was aware of at the time). I waited to go to my midwife until the 2 and 1/2 month mark because I was concerned about
a miscarriage and I didn't want to let anyone know until then. She ran a blood test and my hemoglobin was 9-something (normal is 11.7-15.5, according to the labs). She said she could not legally do my care until my hemoglobin was above ten, and told me to take some iron and get an OB for the time being.
Then all you-know-what broke loose.
Iron is hard on a normal person's stomach. With my compromised gut, it tore me to pieces. What had been very mild symptoms turned into horrible, non-stop, on-going symptoms. I couldn't eat. I was having 20+ B.M.s/day. I weighed 105lbs at 5 months pregnant. I was losing lots of blood and ended up in the ER twice because of severe dehydration because it hurt to drink. I finally was able to get a sigmoidoscopy 2 months later and was diagnosed with U.C. By then, I started having symptoms of a stroke and it was discovered that my hemoglobin was at 4.3. The nurses told me I should be unconscious. I received 4 units of blood and countless iron infusions and was immediately put on the pred. (At that point, the benefits far, FAR out-weighed the risks). 2 weeks later, I was symptom-free and doing great. I went on to gain 40lbs (thank you, McDonalds) and have my baby naturally with no pain meds at 40 weeks. She weighed 9lb, 6oz. (I'm 5' 3" - hubby is 6' 3"; he blames the steroids, LOL). She is now 9 months old and perfectly normal and healthy, and we thank and credit God for preserving her life during that time.
It was a very hard time for us as a family. Fortunately, both my mom and my husband's were able to come over twice a week to help out. I then had just Friday to get through with my 2 year old alone (my pride refused to ask for help more then 2 days a week per person). I grabbed books and snacks, and stayed in bed with her all day, waiting for my husband to get home from work to help.
In the end, it's all about
what you feel comfortable with. I'll be praying for you, and hoping you have a beautiful, uneventful pregnancy and that your baby is healthy. Keep us posted, and if you have any questions at all, I'm happy to answer if I'm able to.
Post Edited (U.C.Me?) : 6/22/2018 3:58:03 PM (GMT-6)