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My husband and I are eager to start a family. I have ulcerative colitis and on meds....just looking to chat with someone who has the same concerns.
Hi! I read a few medical journal articles about pregnancy and Crohn's and a few chapters in books I have--along with talking to my dr to make sure the meds I am taking are safe. My GI dr and my OB just told me they were okay. I am taking Asacol and topical steroids. You don't want to be in flare during pregnancy b/c of the risks to the baby--you don't want to have to need surgery or to not be able to get enough nutrition in your diet to support the baby's needs. My doc says that with Crohn's 1/3 of pg moms get better during pregnancy, 1/3 stay the same and 1/3 get worse and it is hard to tell how you will do. My GI doc did a sigmoidoscopy before I started TTC and told me everything looked good and made sure I was on baby safe drugs. I am supposed to follow up with him soon but since I've been okay so far this pg, I haven't been in any hurry. You might want to search the drugs you are taking on www.safefetus.com and see what class they are and their risks during pregnancy.
I also have read these books which have chapters on IBD and pregnancy and talk about which drugs are okay and which are not:
The first year: Crohn's disease and ulcerative coilitis: an essential guide for the newly diagnosed, by Jill Skylar