Isn't amazing how there can be so much conflicting information. I'm in the same boat. I had a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby girl 15 months ago. My UC was under control before I got pregnant and gave me little if any grief during the pregnancy. 6-8 weeks postpartum was a whole different story, and I've been struggling for the last 13 months to get my UC back under control. Unfortunately, during this time my UC has gotten worse and getting it under control has proven to be more difficult than in any of the 14 years I've had the disease now.
In fact, I'm sitting here typing this at 4 am, because my 30 mgs evening dose of prednisone (60 mgs total - 30 morning, 30 night) revs my system up and I'm WIDE awake by 3:30 to 4 am. I am contemplating if I should start my taper today. I've been on 60 mgs for 2 weeks now (20, 30, 40, before that) and my GI wanted me to get everything really good and stabilized before tapering, because this is my last shot. If the taper doesn't work and the Colazal can't hold me in remission then I'm going to start taking 6MP (similar to Imuran from my understanding). I too am scared to death about
starting this medication especially since my husband and I would like to try to get pregnant in the next 3-6 months.
That being said, my GI has pretty much said the same thing as the other posts, that the risk of having a flare in pregnancy are worst than staying on the drug. I would love to get pregnant and hope that the pregnancy hormones help keep the UC under control, but you can't really count on that. I can't remember who said that typically whatever state your UC is in when you get pregnant you tend to stay that way. I feel like I have a small window of opportunity. To get in remission, hopefully get pregnant, have a healthy pregnancy and baby, and then deal with the UC afterards. Unfortunately, I doubt that is reality, and I too, will struggle and worry about
taking a drug like 6MP or Imuran while pregnant. I suppose the only thing we can do is talk to our doctors and find ones we trust. I did see my OB the other day and she said for peace of mind, she would like me to see a high-risk pregnancy doctor, just so we fully know what we are up against if the time comes and I'm pregnant taking 6-MP.
Post Edited (LWW1993) : 10/25/2007 5:41:26 AM (GMT-6)