Pregnancy crohns and azathioprine

by Keris
(Manchester)

I've just found out I'm pregnant and was taking Azathioprine to control my Crohns. I've heard that it can cause underweight babies or premature birth though so while I'm still waiting to get in to see my specialist I have stopped taking all medication. Luckily I'm currently in remission so I'm happy to do this. Would be great to speak to someone who has been through this though and has any advice?

Keris (UK)

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surgery for crohns while pregnant

by vicky marks
(exeter england)

I have had Crohns for 6 years and am only 22 years old. Me and my boyfriend wanted to have a baby we tried 4 a year before we got pregnant,everything was going well until at 18 weeks I had a flare up and had to go into hospital,the doctors said I needed the op which was so scary as I was pregnant. Between 18 and 22 weeks is the safest time to have an op,so they decided to just fit me with a stoma bag until I have the baby which is due on the 16th jan 08,then after 3 months do another op to remove the Crohns then reverse the stoma and put me back to normal. I hope! I was very scared at the time as i was the only one the doctors have known to have this op while pregnant. It would nice to hear from anyone who has been in a similar position.

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by: Anonymous

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crohn's and pregnant but starting to get really ill

by jessica
(york )

im 16, im nearly 10 weeks pregnant and have crohn's disease its starting to get really bad im even getting hot sweats im worried it going to harm my baby im having my infiximab tomorow im hopeing it will get better!

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Crohn's and Pregnant
by: Annette Young

Hi there,

Thanks for writing in. This must be really scary for you and for anyone else experiencing similar.

I would strongly suggest that you go back to your doctor and ask for some advice. There is no point taking any risks.

Often pregnancy seems to have the opposite effect on women and the crohn's disease seems to go into a sort of remission during the pregnancy. This is obviously not the case at the moment for you.

Doctors usually recommend that you wait before conception until your Crohn's naturally goes into remission and to ensure that your body is as healthy as it can be to start with. They recommend ensuring a vitamin rich diet and folic acid. Folic acid is found in food sources that usually aggravate those with Crohn's so it is better to take supplements.

Some women find that after a month or so, their symptoms ease substantially and they can enjoy their pregnancy, hopefully, this will happen to you as well - albeit slightly delayed.

If you are on medication, do check with your doctor that they are safe because some medications are not to be taken during pregnancy.

Don't take chances, please do check with your doctor and I hope they can help you.

Annette

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pregnancy in chrons

i had a right heoicolectomy. Can I get pregnant

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pregnant belly

My 12 year old daughter has a pregnant belly. The rest of her body is small and petite. She has slow thyroid and has been on meds for two years. We are trying the gluten free diet now and it seemed to work at the beginning, but not so much now.
What may be the cause?

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by: Annette Young

Hello there,

I'm sorry to hear that your daughter is suffering at the moment. It's bad enough having Crohn's disease but to have an underactive thyroid too is certainly not pleasant.

I can sympathise because I also have an underactive thyroid and it has been the bane of my life. Luckily for me, my thyroid problems did not start until I was in my early 40’s, your daughter was still be going through puberty and will have massive hormonal changes to face and the thyroid is a part of the endocrine system so it is all linked.

Stress is certainly a potential cause for the thyroid and is a trigger for Crohn’s too. If she is anxious about anything, this can make things worse. Ensure she is exercising, yoga for example is something that you could both do together and this can help with all of the conditions as it works to balance the body but it also provides a type of coping mechanism.

The swollen belly can be a number of things, have you taken her recently to seek medical assistance? It is vital that she takes the right nutrients and let's be honest, many 12-year-olds will skimp on eating nourishing food preferring to eat snack food. You may need to monitor carefully if you are not doing so already.

Try to ensure that she does not have many processed foods as you will be amazed at the ingredients. Ideally she needs to have a simple diet, nourishing, natural with small but regular portions and it can be an idea to give her foods that are easy to digest.

Here is a link that might be of help for the thyroid but I would strongly suggest going to see a doctor for blood tests to eliminate anything more threatening:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/growth/thyroid.html#

I hope this helps.
Annette Young

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by: Lydia D.


I assume that she also has Crohn's disease.

You don't say whether or not her underactive thyroid is Hashimoto's or not. Your description of her belly makes me think of Kwashiorkor patients http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1104623-overview

Are you sure that she is getting all the nutrients that she requires. Crohn's can cause severe malnutrition especially in children where stunting of growth will happen if it is not addressed. A referal to a nutritionist will help here.

Is she starving? Is she secretly eating crisps or other snacks with aromas in them? Most of the aromas have gluten in them. Check all the packet labelling and discard everything with aromas in them. Ideally, cook everything from scratch.

Selenium is required for optimal thyroid function in addition to iodine. http://www.journey-with-crohns-disease.com/benefits-of-selenium.html

The distended belly could also be due to internal inflammation, liver disease, tumours, etc. I suggest that you take her to the doctor again, get a blood profile, gastroesophagalduodenoscopy to check for coeliac damage, etc.

Coeliac disease is very dangerous because it not only leads to malnutrition/malabsorption if untreated, but it also leads to cancer of the intestine. Please get her medical help as soon as possible. If she is not given adequate medical treatment then growth stunting will be the least of her problems. It can have knock-on damaging effects on the heart, brain, female reproduction organs, etc.

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Crohn's and Pregnancy

by Rachele
(Ohio)

I am 49 years old and have had crohn's all of my life and gave birth to 4 healthy children and with each pregnancy I went into remission...it appears that pregnancy stopped the flare ups in me. However, two of my children have now been diagnosed with Crohn's but not as severely as my crohn's is.

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by: Annette Young

Hello,

Thanks for your post.
It's an interesting one because I hear from many people who are trying to get pregnant and they have mixed concerns. Obviously, the need to become pregnant can become overpowering but I know one great concern is that any children will develop Crohn's too, and we all know what a horrible disease it is.

I'm sorry to hear that this happened to you and I hope that your children do not feel the full impact of the disease. i hear more and more now that children are contracting the disease - some are very young. I think the best you can do for them is to teach them all about the disease and how it impacts and this might enable them to reduce the impact of various common triggers.

The great thing to do would be to teach them creative visualization techniques, and let them enjoy physical activities such as yoga which massages the internal organs, increases flexibility and helps them to approach life in a more positive manner. Stress is one of the main triggers with Crohn's. Children soak up information like this quickly and it will soon become the norm.

I have heard women say that they have suffered less with their crohn's during pregnancy, I am not sure why this is.

I have attached a link which may give more useful information for you.

http://www.chw.org/display/PPF/DocID/22816/router.asp

I wish you all the best of luck.

Annette

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by: Anonymous

im sorry to hear that ur kids did get crohns, but im 22 and i was trying to have a baby and it just seems like i probably want be able to have a baby. Is there some medications that can help inprove the chances of getting pregnant, are was your just natural? cause now im really to a point where its like i want be able to have a baby and if i were to get pregnant, then i would miscarriage.

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by: Anonymous

Hi could you please tell me what sort of age your children were diagnosed. I had a brill pregnancy but afterwards wasa nightmare&I had to be admitted to Hospitol.

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Pregnancy - Natural birth or C-Section

by Sam
(Port Hedland ( WA))

Hi There,

I'd love to hear from any women that have Crohns disease and have managed to have a family. I'm 35yo and currently 6 months pregnant ( finally) but am now faced with the decision to have a Caesarean or try for a natural birth. My specialist has suggested an elictive Caesarean but others are saying no reason I can't have a natural birth. I'm happy either way but I don't want to do any more damage to my body. I was diagnosed with Crohns when I was 16yo, and have suffered from Perianal disease in the past. Fistula's, fisher tears and abcesses. Nothing in the past 6 years though. I'm currently on Infliximab and feeling great. I have to meet with the surgeon in a few weeks and I'd like to go armed with as much info as possible just in case I really need a Caesarean and he tries to talk me out of it.
Thanks for your help.

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No c-section needed for me
by: Amanda

Hello I gave birth to my beautiful little girl in July of 09 I didn't have any issues with my Chron's and was able to have her naturaly no c-section needed. I had surgery in 06 and feared that the baby would cause me to have issues in the place that I had scar tissue but amazingly enough I found that when I was pregnant my body focused on making her and put my chrons to the way side, I was able to eat what I wanted didn't have a single sympton it was HEAVEN. BE WARNED the doctors said that it could be 6wks to maybe never getting my symptoms back but I was not that optimistic it was clear he never has had the disease and 3 days after having her I was back to the bathroom once again. I have had my struggles but a GREAT support system within my family has helped me through. I know this will sound odd but trying to get yourself on a daily routine will help significantly with your new born. Your body will adjust. If you EVER need support email me. adevineluv@yahoo.com

Crohns and pregnacy
by: Rachel

Hi there. Lovely news. I am 36 years of age and have had Crohns and ulcerated colitus for 15 years. I took 3 years to conceive, only to then have 3 miscarriages. I then fell pregnant with my Son, now 3. I fell pregnant again and miscarried. I finally had a gorgeous Daughter 18 months ago. I gave birth to them both vaginally. I was told pregnancy is one of the best things for Crohns. I was advised that I would probably have an acute attack after giving birth. I have had many good years taking Asacol that was prescribed for me. I had a relapse after both pregnancies. I have had one recently, so have been put on steroids, against my wish. I know I will put on weight, grow hair on my face and knuckles, like previous times. I'm told by my Specialist that he wants to try me on Steroids again, but on a higher dose. He doesn't want me to have to go into hospital. I am now looking into alternative medicine, as I don't want to have to keep taking steroids. It's getting me down. I'm sorry, I'm rambling on. I hope everything is well with you. Take care, Rachel from Mid Wales

You can do it!
by: sgordon_01@yahoo.ca

I am 23yrs old and have 2 children (3 & 2) I had natural births for both of my children. I have fistulizing crohns disease. I was told at a young age I would not have children (they thought I had endo and not crohns)anyways, i have 2 now and even though after my first is put my crohns into remission and the 2nd has put me into the worst flare up i've ever felt before in my life, you can do it!
I had my fistula with both births.. and had 100% natural deliveries.. e-mail me if you have anymore questions! Good luck and congrats ont he pregnancy!

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by: Suzanne

Firstly congrads on your news. I understand ive been there i had my son naturally but it took alot out of me Really knocked me for months. Although i havent had a bad flare up for 2 yrs. Thank god. I Remember meeting my gastro 2 weeks after i had my son id a flare up, he reckoned it was because i didnt have a section & it just really knocked me. It did thuogh i remember in labour i had a very bad pain in my back passage as if i needed the toilet (diarrheoa pain) When ya have 2 rush 4 the loo. Please keep in touch, i hope i have helped u some way x x x x Also when are you due?

Natural birth or c-section
by: Anonymous

If you are not suffering from the abscesses and fistulas, then there is no reason that you can't have a vaginal delivery. You shouldn't have to have a c-section.

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Azathioprine and pregnancy

by Clark

I was diagnoised with Crohn's Disease when I was 17, now I am 29. I had a resection in 2003. Since then I have been symptom free. I have been taking Aza and Pentasa since. When my husband and I decided to start a family I spoke to my doctors about stopping the Aza. My doctor said I had a 50/50 chance of having a flare up, considering I had been in remission for so long. I choose to stop taking the Aza because of possible side effects. After 5 weeks of stopping I had a mild flare up and I am now taking the Aza again along with Entocort( only for 3 more weeks). I really did not want to take Aza while I was pregnant, which I'm not yet...I don't think...but with my body not responding well to being off of it, I guess to stay healthy I don't have much of a choice. My question is has anyone taken Aza during pregnancy and if so were there any complications?

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Is it possible to have successful pregnancy with crohn's disease?

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Crohn's flare up in pregnancy
by: Worried mum

My 33 year old daughter is expecting a baby next month. She was diagnosed with Crohn's about 5 years ago and has been treated with steroids and Azathioprine.

Her first pregnancy ended in termination as the baby had a serious heart defect. Her second pregnancy two years ago was fine and her son is fine.

She has been having a flare up of her Crohn's since she first became pregnant this time. She is being closely monitored at the hospital and her consultant has prescribed steroids. She has been told the baby may be bigger because of this.

It seems a lot of people with Crohn's are in remission when pregnant but my daughter has been worse. Could there be a reason why?

I also have Crohn's disease which was diagnosed when I was 50. Nobody else in my family had suffered from this before. My nephew was since also diagnosed with it in his late 40s.

What are the chances of her children developing Crohn's ?

Pregnancy and Crohn's Disease
by: Annette Young

Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

I personally know a woman who was very ill with Crohn's disease and eventually went ahead to have a baby. The change in her was quite remarkable as the Crohn's quietened down throughout the whole pregnancy. She went onto have a very beautiful baby girl.

There are risks of course. There is a greater risk of your baby also developing Crohn's and an even greater risk if your partner also has the disease. So it is important to consider these factors.

It is important that you are feeling really well prior to getting pregnant however. Unless you have had pelvic problems - there should be very little difference to the potential for you to conceive than a woman without Crohn's disease. If the disease is flaring, please put your plans on hold.Some medications - such as methotrexate should be stopped and your doctor will give you advice on this. You must have a 3 month break after taking methotrexate prior to conceiving. This is the same for men.

Active disease and medications such as sulfasalazine will lower sperm count for any potential father and the doctors will suggest that a different medication is to be taken.

It is believe that pregnancy suppresses the immune system and it does this to stop the immune system from rejecting the unborn baby. So this is potentially why some women feel better when they are pregnant.

Please always follow the advice of the doctors so that they can guide you through a stress-free pregnancy.

Wishing you the best of luck,


Annette




Pregnancy and Crohns
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am 32 and have had Crohns for 14 years. I am happy to say that 2 years ago I had a healthy baby boy. Since then and all during my pregnancy I had no signs or symptoms of Crohns at all.
They say pregnancy can heal things. I think it has for me.
I am very, very relieved!
Good Luck!

A in AL

Having a baby with crohns
by: Anonymous

I am happy to say that yes it. I have had crohns for over 10 years. More than 7 of them I was not officially diagnosed and now I have 2 beautiful happy health boys. I had to go to a high rick OBGYN which was no problem. She just watched me closer than a regular obgyn would have. I was on bed rest with both boys. As long as you keep in touch with both your GI and OBGYN you should be fine. In my case after I had my last child my Crohns got really bad and I went through a year of operations and complications (not related to being pregnant) and now it is not recommended that I get pregnant again. I do remember that when I was pregnant my crohns sysmptons went away which meant I felt really great for 9 months!!

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Crohns pregnancy pain

by Kelley
(New Orleans )

I am a crohns pt. I am pregnant n still flaring up! I don't have any pain
Meds due to being pregnant. Does anyone know of home remedies
that I may use to help me threw the pain?

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Crohn's and best age to get pregnant

by Stacey Rothwell
(Dallas, Texas)

I have had Crohn's for 11 years. I have been in remission with the aid of Imuran and cannabis for the past 9 since a surgery in 2001, with only one flair up due to taking an herbal supplement called, "Valerian Root." If you have Crohn's, never take this supplement!!! Anyways, I am now 26 and I would love to have a baby, I went off my imuran for 3 months and was fine, so I know I'm strong enough to do that. However, my husband is not yet ready and is going to begin graduate school in 7 months. I have a decent paying job and could afford a child, but he wants to wait until grad school is over, which I completely understand. I am scared that since I have been doing so well for so long, that my time is running out, Crohn's typically flares again after 10-12 years after a surgery. I have noticed slight changes in the past few years. When is the best age for a woman with Crohn's to get pregnant? If I wait until I am 29, will I have lost my opportunity, will it be too late to have a healthy pregnancy off of my medication?

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When you feel ready
by: Jill

I was diagnosed with Crohn's at 29. I had my daughter at 31 and my son just last year at 35. I had symptoms through both pregnancies. The medications just didn't work for me 6mp with the first and Cimzia with the secind. Both of my children are healthy and perfect in every way.
Whether you have Crohn's or not, having children should always be right for you and your husband. Don't rush into a decision b/c you feel your time is running out. You will be able to have children even if you wait, and you both may be happier if you do.

Crohns and best age to get pregnant
by: Anonymous

I had had Crohns for almost 13 years before I got pregnant.. I was symptom free the whole time I was pregnant. It was a welcome change.

Not a good idea to rush into thing :)
by: Vanessa

I do not think there are good moments, there are some medication that you can take even if you are pregnant (some will not affect your baby) Was it your GI that told you to stop imuran?
It is important to wait until the both of you are ready to have a child :).
What did your GI specialist told you? Did you ask him his advice?
Good luck.

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pregnancy and Crohn's

Is pregnancy safe with Crohn's and Pentasa?

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by: Anonymous

when i was pregnant it accelerated my crohnes and i had an emergency illeostomy 2 months after i had her my bowel perferated and fell apart it nearly killed me it was a years recovery and my daughter lived with my mum alot of what happened was negligence by the hospital although it would have still been the same outcome just a wee bit less painful i had a 20% chance of survival please please be aware i was born with crohnes i had my daughter just before my 21st birthday so it had 21 years to attack me, i'm not saying this will happen to everyone but please consult all your doctors and be careful xxx jay

Pregnancy and Crohns...
by: Peter Bray

I have NO clues on this---see a real doctor and ask, and if/he she doesn't know, find one who does---

"War on Crohns" by Peter Bray
Benicia, CA

My daughter has survived Crohns for 24 years
and is still fighting it...so am I...I am her Wingman!

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really worried i suffer with crohns and want to get pregnant

I suffer with crohns colitis and really want to start a family with my boyfriend I've had surgery 5 years ago I used to have a bag but got it reversed which has left me going to the toilet quite a lot, can I get pregnant just I've read things saying if you suffer with crohns or colitis you can be infertile please help has anyone else with crohns colitis managed to get pregnant and have a healthy child and how long did it take really worried x

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by: Annette Young

Hello,

Thank you for your question.There is good news in that those with Crohn's can get pregnant - just the same as those women without the disease. There are some factors that could prevent you from getting pregnant, i.e. scarring from any pelvic surgery. Ideally, you should try to get your Crohn's settled before trying to conceive and to take advice from your doctor first. This will help in terms of medication throughout.

Once your Crohn's is in remission, you need to start having a diet that is rich in folic acid.This is a B vitamin that is found quite naturally in certain fruits and vegetables but it can be difficult to consume it in a natural state so the doctor may prescribe folic acid as a supplement. It helps to build RNA and DNA so is crucial in early pregnancy and before conception.

Do check with your doctor that any medications are safe to take while trying for a baby and for during pregnancy, there are many that are not. With medical guidance and support, many women go on to have healthy pregnancies and healthy children but it is worth noting that children with parents'who have Crohn's are more likely to get Crohn's as well.

Hope this helps?

Annette

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pregnant and crohns

my daughter is having her first baby and has crohns she is consterpated alot is there any advice wot she can do .

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PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

by REBECCA 3802
(ENGLAND)

I have crohn's disease. Diagnosed 15 years ago. Currently 34 weeks pregnant and have been in remission for just over a year, there fore caught while healthy. Has anyone been in the same boat? I would love a home birth and am due to see my obstetrician next week to talk about this. I did develop a fistula after a laparoscopy last year, which has completely healed and I have no problems with scar as I have got bigger. In order to make a decision I need to know what risks there are for me specifically. My Crohn's consultant is a waste of space, my Obgyn is airing on the side of caution but can't offer any other reason for hospital birth than someone with out Crohn's. Help!!!!!!!! My heart says home, being first birth but not much faith in the advice I have had so far, I feel that I should go to hospital in case something does go wrong even though they can't tell me how I am more at risk than average person. Hopefully someone has been in the same boat or simlar. Any responce will help. xx

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Hospital and Home?
by: Anonymous

I am 38 weeks pregnant with Crohn's, and have had a great pregnancy with the exception of a couple small flares during the pregnancy. Here's what I think. I know your heart says 'home' and there's no reason why it shouldn't. I would however make a plan with your midwife/doula and your OB, regarding 'red flags' that may mean it's time to move the birth from home to triage. I would try and keep an open mind and stay flexible with your plans.
I am personally going to spend as much time as possible at home before heading in, but will be happy to have my 'team' at the hospital too. Congrats and good luck!! :)

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Pregnancy and birth
by: Anonymous

The only problem with having Crohns disease and giving birth is that you don't want to get an episotomy. Because of the Crohns you would not want them to accidently cut into your spincter muscles. I don't know otherwise why it would matter if you had the baby at home as long as you have a midwife and a way to get to the hospital if an emergency should arise.

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Pregnancy after surgery?

by Kate
(Staffordshire)


Hi i had a right hemicolectomy in January and have healed well. I am desperate to get pregnant again (I already have a 2 and a half year old.) but am wondering how long i should wait or am i good to go now?!

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Pregnancy after right hemi
by: Anonymous

Hi, im currently 29 weeks pregnant and had a right hemi 3 years ago. All is well and fine however my scar is starting to bulge a little. The fact you have had this surgery and have crohns your midwife will refer you to see an obstetrician - soz cant spell it lol! So as long as you attend regular appointments and are monitored closely cant see it being a problem :-)

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Has Anyone had a sucessful pregnancy without taking any Crohn's medications

by Cindy
(Canada)

Hi i;m Cindy and I've had Crohns disease for about 2 years and was taking medication at first but it was making me really sick so I stopped. Then i found on the internet that you can control Crohns symptoms by cutting dairy and gluten out of your diet and by taking Vitamin D, fish oil, slippery elm, Boswellia and taking Aloe Vera gel. I just started this and am feeling alot better i only go to the bathroom once or twice a day and most of the time my stool is normal but a couple of times it was loose. I want to get pregnant and have just had a miscarriage at 6 weeks :( before i started this new diet. the dr thinks its because i have crohns that i had my miscarriage but im hoping its not. I was wandering if anyone has had a successful pregnancy without medication?

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Pregnancy, crohns and azathiaprine

by Chan
(England)

I am 27yrs old and was diagnosed with crohns disease last year me and my partner of 11yrs really would like to try for a baby, I have been told by my cnsultant that I would still need to continue with azathiaprine 25mg a day and asacol. Who has had a baby and neen on any of these drugs and could put my mind at ease to whether this was safe and also was you encouraged to breast feed as I have been told I wont be allowed.

Many Thanks.

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Pregnant with crohn's desease ( help )

by John
(Leeds)

My wife has crohn's's disease and she is 6 weeks pregnant. She has now come off all her pain meds as adviced by her doctor but she is trotting to the toilet 5 or 6 times a day and she has alot of pain all over and she's exhausted. Can anyone suggest something to stop her trotting and a non addictive pain relief that won't effect the baby? Concerned Husband John

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pain NEW
by: MK

38 weeks pregnant pain back in action . Not currently on meds did take Asacol beginning of pregnancy. no diarrhea just sharp pains on right lower side . it's crazy how doctors don't know what to do... Seems like food is the culprit- but what to eat ??!! soo sick of all if this!!

pregnancy
by: Anonymous

hi,i have crohns disease and have just had my 5th baby, 2 yrs ago,i have to say when i was pregnant i didnt take anything at all,i wanted to be brave,i stuck to a hi protein low fat diet,i too had severe diarrhea and blood loss, but babies are tough,my advise is lots of bed rest take it easy,my last son weighed in at 9lb 2oz so he didnt go without any food did he,it did effect me i have to say i felt weak and tired and 2 yrs on still do,ask the doc what is safe and rest alot,oh one more thing is one of my friends with crohns said to me fig biscuits,ok i know they make you run to the toilet youd think,but actually they dont and contain lots of vitamins for the bowel.

crohns and baby
by: BillieP

I just had my first child in dec. I have had crohns since 2003 and was on Remicade the entire time with my pregnancy. We were fine the whole time and my little boy is perfectly healthy and growing fast. No tummy troubles to speak of. Babies are tougher than we give them credit and if they want to be here, they will get here.

no worries
by: Mischelle

i was diagnosed with crohns 2 yrs. ago. right after that in feb. of 2009 I became pregnant. My gastro. dr put me on asacol which I was taking about 5 pills 3 times a day. my o.b. said it was fine for me and the baby. i was symptom free the whole 9 months and the baby was very healthy.

13wks and suffering
by: jan

Im 13wks pregnant and feelin so bad.........have crohns the last ten yrs ive been on steroids since wk one for eight wks now im back to square one really hope the baby will be ok after bein on steroids, heading to the doc today cant stand this pain anymore!!

crohn's pain and pregnancy
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am pregnant for the first time, about 11 weeks right now and have had crohn's for the last 13 yrs or so. I'm 32. The only med I'm on right now is Remicade and I did get my last infusion 2 weeks ago because I'm still in a lot of pain. I used to take bentyl and vicodin at least daily and prednisone when it got really bad. I feel like I'm still in a lot of pain and do still take the vicodin when I can't stand it. I heard some women go into remission while they're pregnant and I really hope that happens to me soon!! Your wife can take Imodium for the diarrhea, that is pregnancy category B so it's safe. Good luck with everything!

Pregnant and crohns
by: Anonymous

Eating dry toast and or crackers will help a little with running to the rest room.

Pregnant women can take some medications without affecting the baby
by: Vanessa

Hello John,
I have the Crohns disease and my Husband and I want a child soon. I spoke with my GI about that and he told me he would not stop my medication (it depends of the medication of course) while I am pregnant. What did she take? She really should call her GI, I am sure he is going to find a treatment that will not aftect the baby.
Good luck

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Pregnancy and Crohn's Medications

by Chris
(Wisconsin)

I have been diagnosed with crohn's for 10 years now. I take Asacol and Prilosec. When first diagnosed I was also prescribed Mercaptorine (6-MP) and was in remission until 1 year ago when my husband and I wanted to try and get pregnant. I read this medication is not good to take while even trying to conceive. It has been a year since and still not pregnant and my crohn's is acting up. I had a dr.'s appointment and he wants me to go back on the mercaptorine since it seemed to work so well and feels Asacol alone is not working. Now I don't know what to do. I know first I want to make sure I get better since I am also on entocort for 3 months and on colocort (enema) and canasa (suppositories) for 1 month. This is the 2nd round of this medication so I am hoping this will work this time. If anyone has any information for me on this that would be helpful.

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crohns and pregnancy

by JESSICA PERCIVAL
(LEEDS)

hi im so worried i have crohns colitis i had my large intestines removed also my colon removed too leading to me having to have a bag this was 5 years ago but got it reversed 3 years later, ive come off my pill 5 months ago but this last month ive had 2 periods instead of just the one i normally have,me and my partner have been trying for the 5 months and have got nowhere im so worried is it me that we cant have a baby because of the surgery i had and because of crohn coltis has anyone else gone off to have children suffering from this? has it effected your children? please help im 24 by the way xx

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Crohn's and Pregnancy

I am planning on starting a family and would love to hear from others who've either been pregnant or are currently pregnant. I was wondering if their symptoms got worse or stayed the same. I was also wondering if their babies were born healthy, etc..

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perfect little boy, one on the way
by: tara

hi,
just wanted to say i have a perfect 3 year old boy, and 6 months pregnant at the moment. i have had crohns for 15 years now and my first pregnancy was amazing... felt great, this pregnancy is terrible. my crohns was really bad around the time i got pregnant and has stayed bad... i still came off my meds until 5 months pregnant. Baby is doing well, which is all that matters... i am use to flair up and only have 17 weeks to go... im gonna take every type of medication when i have the baby and hopefully will be feeling better again.
good luck, remember , even if you do get a flair up while pregnant its not the end of the world.., stay positive and just concentrate on the end result... it gets me through every single day!
xx

at last
by: Anonymous

Hi to you all i found out today that im pregnant by a blood test so i will keep posting to you all about how my crohns is coping with my pregnancy best luck to you all.

dont let crohn"s take over your life
by: fiona

Hi i first found out i had crohns at 21,i felt like life would never be the same again,but i knew i had to move on with my life and just get use to it anyway i could.when i first find out i was pregnant we were over the moon i got told to go off my medication because this would hurt the baby so at 5 weeks i went off the tablets 9 weeks and 5 days later i went to have a ultrasound and there was no heartbeat i was so upset with myself,when i got to the hospital i told them i had crohns disease and the doctor told me to stay away from the medication ,they said thats the worse thing to do my heart stopped if only i stayed on them i would still have my baby,so after my dnc i got pregnant 4 weeks later and i made sure i stayed on my medication ,my whole pregnancy was excellent and gave birth to a beautiful heathly girl i hope you all get what you want in life we are now trying for another baby i cant wait i hope this has helped alot of people hang in there.

crohn's and pregnancy
by: Anonymous

I am 34 years old and have 3 children. With all of them i had pretty much no symptoms at all during pregnancy. I did have flare ups afterward (particularly after my 3rd). I wish i could bottle up a pregnancy drug so i could take that all the time. Not sure why it seemed to put me in remission but it was nice while it lasted.

Two Healthy Babies
by: Tanya

I was pregnant twice and I have crohn's disease. Both of my babies came out very healthy. I was extremely healthy during pregnancy and I could eat or drink anything without any problems. I wished they could bottle it so I could feel that great all the time. After the babies were born I did have a little bit of a flare up both times but was expecting it and got ontop of it right away. Good luck

healthy baby
by: Tabitha

I have had Crohn's disease since I was 2 I recently had a child April of last year. Unfortunatly my symptoms did get worse during the pregnancy. I was on Pentasa 4pills 3 times a day until the last couple of months of my pregnancy I really did not think they were helping so I stopped taking them and I was scared for my baby. I was also on prednisone for the majority of my pregnancy. I had diarreah almost everyday, but I was able to gain 32 pounds and had a healthy full term baby girl 7lbs 11oz and plan to be pregnant again next winter. Good luck to you and try not to worry too much.

better
by: Anonymous

My wife feels better when she is pregnant. Probably because her immune system slows down giving her intestine a chance to relax.


Healthy Pregnancy
by: Marylynn

I was very healthy during my pregnancy. I had a very healthy baby girl. She just turned 19 years old, attends Penn State and is still very healthy. No signs of the disease! I however, did have a relapse two months after she was born that required bowel resection surgery. On the bright side of that, my husband bonded with our daughter and she is still daddy's little girl today! Good Luck on starting your family. Do not let this disease run your life.

My pregnancy was great
by: Shawna

I was symptom free my entire pregnancy. I actually thought that was odd. But I felt the greatest. And considering I have had Crohn's since I was 12 and I was 25 when I got pregnant, it was a welcome change.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!1

My pregnancy was great
by: Shawna

I was symptom free my entire pregnancy. I actually thought that was odd. But I felt the greatest. And considering I have had Crohn's since I was 12 and I was 25 when I got pregnant, it was a welcome change.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!1

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