not feeling well

by Samantha
(canada)

i'm a 27 yr old and pregnant with my 3rd child. I recently went to the hospital for severe cramping because i thought there was something wrong with the baby.. but everything was okay..I told the doctor at the hospital i have been experiencing bouts of cramping.. now its everyday, and afterwards I feel very tired and am pale looking.. also i'm having to use the bathroom after every time i'm gettin gcramping.. now this is happening after every time i eat and getting scared to eat..should i go back to the doctor and get tested for crohn's disease? very confused..!!

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by: Annette Young

Hello,

Thank you for your post. I'm sorry to read that you are having severe cramping. This must be quite worrying -more so because of the pregnancy. I'm glad they have confirmed that all is well regarding the baby.

I know that pregnancy can make you feel exhausted. I felt totally drained when I was pregnant and I really looked wan, so it is possible that some of the symptoms are to do with the pregnancy and not with any disease.

I am assuming that you have not been diagnosed with Crohn's disease? Does anyone else in your family have it? If either of your parents have Crohn's it can dramatically increase your potential to have it too. Usually, pregnancy has the opposite effect, because of the changes in the body, the immune system is switched off because it is important that the immune system does not see the baby as a threat. As a result, most women seem to have good pregnancies and the pain stops.

Did you have any pains with the previous pregnancies? Or perhaps before you became pregnant this time?

Stress can certainly be a factor with this disease. The more you worry, the worse the symptoms become. I would certainly go back to the doctor and seek their advice. There will be certain foods to avoid if you have Crohn's and it is a good idea to keep a food diary currently so that you can eliminate potential triggers.

It is important that you stay as calm as possible during your pregnancy so try some relaxation techniques which may help you to be able to relax a little bit and hopefully to ease off the pains.

I hope everything turns out ok and that there is nothing to worry about.

Best wishes,

Annette




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