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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 14:41 PM   91
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I was diagnosed with Crohn's in the terminal ileum back in June 2010, after becoming very ill and being hospitalised in April. steroids and Pentasa helped but we added aza in August 2010. It took a while to kick in, but I was basically in remission from Jan 2011, though still having to be careful with diet. We decided in November 2011 that we were ready to try for a baby, and spoke to my consultant and IBD nurse who said go for it. I did request full blood checks including vitamin and mineral levels before we actively started trying in January 2012. By February I had my BFP!

I was indeed classed as high risk, and met with an OB consultant after my 12 week scan. He explained the main risks related to Crohn's were a slightly increased risk of 1st tri miscarriage (but having made it that far I had the same odds as anyone else) and also having a prem/low birth weight baby. As a precaution he scheduled a growth scan for 28 weeks, but otherwise I could continue with midwife led care. I asked about the delivery but as I had no abdominal surgeries, Crohn's wouldn't affect my birth choices.

As it turns out, at my growth scan LO's abdominal circumference measured on the 95th centile. As this was the complete opposite of what they expected, and with my family history, they scheduled me for a GTT which led to me being diagnosed with gestational diabetes- completely unrelated to Crohn's. From that point the diabetic team took over my pregnancy care, and scheduled more growth scans and put me on a diabetic diet. I was so grateful that my Crohn's was behaving, as the diabetic diet is the opposite of what I would normally eat to keep my guts happy! And they also told me that if I couldn't get my blood sugar under control, I would have to inject insulin as they couldn't risk oral medications (they often cause GI side effects). Luckily I managed it!

I did have 1 incident of severe stomach pain during my pregnancy, I took a low dose of codeine for it. But normally I would have pains like that maybe once every 3-4 months (always related to something I ate), so once in 9 months isn't bad!

As they were doing extra growth scans, they noticed that LO was breech (good job they did, my midwife missed it!). They tried to turn her at 37 weeks, but failed. So they booked me in for a c section- they didn't want me going overdue with the diabetes. As it happens, LO had other ideas and I went into labour naturally 2 days later, resulting in EMCS.

The delivery was fairly uneven true, except me stopping them from giving me a diclofenac painkiller suppository as I lay in theatre (diclofenac=NSAID=BAD for Crohn's).

Top tip: when you go into hospital and they ask if you have any allergies, declare NSAIDs as an allergy as, like my team, they might not know you can't take NSAIDs with Crohn's!

Instead of the diclofenac I had dihydrocodeine. Not ideal as it made LO sleepy, so I weaned myself off it 5 days after my section and made do with paracetamol.

I'm now 3 1/2 weeks pp and so far I'm fine, I did panic a bit because I had diarrhoea a few days after birth but that turned out to be temporary (either hormones or due to the surgery, antibiotics and coming off the codeine).

So that's my story! (Sorry it turned out to be so long) If you have any questions, or just want a chat or bit of support, feel free to PM me as I might forget about this thread!



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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 15:01 PM   92
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I'd love to breastfeed but I have lupus so it will depend on what medication I'm on at the time. Lupus flares are common in later pregnancy and in the first three months following birth. I'm not going to breastfeed if there are medicines in my system that will pass into my milk and harm my baby.

I definitely think that it is an individual choice that has to be made with the best interests of both mother and baby in mind and nobody has the right to judge anyone for their choice, as they don't always know all the factors involved.



 
Old Nov 5th, 2012, 00:30 AM   93
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There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with formula feeding to me. I watched my twin sister breast feed her first baby for six months and to be honest it made the first few months with her baby an unhappy slog in many ways. She never stopped feeling nauseus and it would have done her great deal of emotional good to be able to split the work of feeding more evenly between her and her husband. She is now pregnant again and trying to decide how long she will try to breast feed this time. In my opinion, she (and anyone else) should do whatever makes it possible to have the happiest initial few months with their baby as they can. From what she has told me, the health differences between bf and ff are there, but small, and I don't think that always outweighs the psychological health of the mom, whatever the reason is that bf puts a solid dark cloud above her head.
I completely disagree, I believe the baby's health is a lot more important that the mother's happiness. I hated breastfeeding, it hurt, I was shattered, I hated how I felt LO only wanted me for milk, but it doesn't matter what I felt I set him up for life with my milk. I think people should properly study the benefits of breast milk over formula before throwing around comments like 'I was fine' 'makes no difference' 'no difference by the age if 5'. If people actually studied the differences people would realise this is a matter of health. I will do exactly the same for the next baby, I wont begrudge a few months discomfort for health benefits that will stay will my son FOR LIFE. I have to this because I am a mother. I hate the way people assume because I BF for 9 months it was easy for me, it wasn't but I persevered, I honestly think BF dramatically altered my psychological health in a bad way for a short term, but I will do it all again because it isn't about me, there is no choice, formula is not an option it is a fall back if things go wrong, that's what it should be anyway and I believe everyone would realise this if they actually looked at what BM does.

Good on your sister she's sounds an incredible mum. You need to study about BM, the differences are not small, in some cases the difference between the two is life or death- no exaggeration so please look at it first before going off what others say.
rude. and the life or death comparison is really annoying. formula can be deadly in 3rd world countries where they have dirty water. not so much in developed countries.



 
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There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with formula feeding to me. I watched my twin sister breast feed her first baby for six months and to be honest it made the first few months with her baby an unhappy slog in many ways. She never stopped feeling nauseus and it would have done her great deal of emotional good to be able to split the work of feeding more evenly between her and her husband. She is now pregnant again and trying to decide how long she will try to breast feed this time. In my opinion, she (and anyone else) should do whatever makes it possible to have the happiest initial few months with their baby as they can. From what she has told me, the health differences between bf and ff are there, but small, and I don't think that always outweighs the psychological health of the mom, whatever the reason is that bf puts a solid dark cloud above her head.
I completely disagree, I believe the baby's health is a lot more important that the mother's happiness. I hated breastfeeding, it hurt, I was shattered, I hated how I felt LO only wanted me for milk, but it doesn't matter what I felt I set him up for life with my milk. I think people should properly study the benefits of breast milk over formula before throwing around comments like 'I was fine' 'makes no difference' 'no difference by the age if 5'. If people actually studied the differences people would realise this is a matter of health. I will do exactly the same for the next baby, I wont begrudge a few months discomfort for health benefits that will stay will my son FOR LIFE. I have to this because I am a mother. I hate the way people assume because I BF for 9 months it was easy for me, it wasn't but I persevered, I honestly think BF dramatically altered my psychological health in a bad way for a short term, but I will do it all again because it isn't about me, there is no choice, formula is not an option it is a fall back if things go wrong, that's what it should be anyway and I believe everyone would realise this if they actually looked at what BM does.

Good on your sister she's sounds an incredible mum. You need to study about BM, the differences are not small, in some cases the difference between the two is life or death- no exaggeration so please look at it first before going off what others say.
rude. and the life or death comparison is really annoying. formula can be deadly in 3rd world countries where they have dirty water. not so much in developed countries.
Boring. Read the rest of my comments to know why I justifiably said that not getting into this again, said what I have wanted to say.



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Old Nov 14th, 2012, 13:18 PM   95
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Wow...can not believe some of the attitudes of people on this thread. I believe the OP asked for both sides not formula bashing and in some cases down right rudeness. Totally ridiculous !



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Unsubscribing before it starts again...thought this thread was done.....



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