Congratulations on your pregnancy! What a wonderful thing. I'm hoping and praying it goes really well for you!
I'm really poor at writing short answers to questions, partly because I want my answer to be detailed, and partly because I want it to be clear. Sorry if this is a bit long-winded, and please know that this is something I wish someone had written to me when I was struggling through my pregnancy.
I was pregnant last year with a major, almost 18 month long flare which I wrote about in another post; to sum it up, I nearly died. My G.I. Dr. told me last week I am officially in remission after doing the (dairy-free) Specific Carbohydrate diet for 5 months (which I continue to do). I did it while breastfeeding; baby is super healthy and beautiful - almost 10 months and weighs about 20 lbs.
I have a few ideas for you that I wish I had done during my pregnancy last year. These are suggestions; you will most likely need to experiment to see what works for you:
1. Eliminate chocolate, coffee and sugar from your diet at the very least. Use honey as a sweetener instead.
2. Read the book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. If you aren't really sick, you probably shouldn't go on the intro diet, which is extremely restrictive and probably not a good idea during pregnancy. If you just follow the principles (good meats, veggies, beans, some fruit, and plenty of fats like coconut oil, homemade yogurt, "legal" cheese and nut butters), you'll probably do just fine. Don't pressure yourself too much; it's more important for you to be healthy and happy and find what works for you. Some people find that some parts of the diet don't sit well with their gut, so you will have a bit of trial and error.
3. Keep a food journal to keep track of things (B.M.s, foods eaten, how you feel, weight, etc.) It can be a challenge to make sure you are eating enough while pregnant; try to make yourself eat even when you aren't hungry (unless it's hurting you, of course). Almond butter on banana is a great, quick snack; yogurt, avocado, banana, almond butter, coconut oil, lime juice, and honey whizzed up in a blender with ice is really yummy and high calorie, too. Watch your weight, especially if you decide to try the SCD.
4. Take a quality prenatal vitamin, good probiotics and digestive enzymes.
5. Drink raspberry leaf tea if you can; there isn't a lot of evidence that I can point you to as far as studies go, but I believe it helped me during my first pregnancy (my labor was 3 and 1/2 hours - total; but I was drinking a quart of tea from fresh leaves a day). No evidence that it shortens labor, but..... This tea is safe for pregnancy, and if you can make it from fresh leaves, all the better.
6. Get lots of rest, and, conversely, enough exercise. A 15-20 minute walk in the evening is plenty.
IF you have to go on prednisone while pregnant, which hopefully you won't have to, I want you to know this: I had to go on it while pregnant in order to save my life and my baby's life. I was afraid to take it because of the potential harmful effects; but if you need to do it, don't hesitate. My baby turned out just fine, and weighed 9lbs, 6oz. at birth (I'm 5' 3"). The benefits often outweigh the risks when considering meds during pregnancy. Don't blame yourself if you get sick and need to do the meds; it's not your fault.
Hopefully this was somewhat helpful; I tried to think of everything I could that might give you some ideas. Stay healthy and strong; you'll be a great mama, I'm sure. : )
First Flare 11/2016, Diagnosed via sigmoidoscopy with severe U.C., colonoscopy diagnosed pancolitis.
Currently: Dairy-free SCD, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Multi-vitamin.
Mom of two
"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures, and to have courage when things go wrong." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder