I Survived And So Did My Baby

Brittany on bridge cIntro:

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis almost three years ago and things have never been the same. I am currently a stay at home wife and mother of two.

Some more about me:

I am totally boring and have always been a bit of a homebody. It is even harder to get me out of the house now that I have two kids and UC.

My Story:

Okay, so I am a little late in writing an update on my current condition but I guess I just wanted to make sure everything went well. Last time I only had one child and had recently suffered a miscarriage. I now have two beautiful and HEALTHY children, thank you Jesus for such a blessing!

My first pregnancy was when I was originally diagnosed with UC and I was extremely sick the whole pregnancy. I didn’t get diagnosed with UC until mid pregnancy and I didn’t begin taking medicine for it until about 5 months into the pregnancy. I took Lialda and Prednisone for the rest of the pregnancy. Five months after giving birth I began receiving Remicade infusions. They helped and I was able to stop taking the Prednisone, but had to continue taking 4 Lialda each morning. About a year into the Remicade treatments I began to have a pretty bad flare up and ended up finding out I was pregnant, accidently. But a few weeks later I ended up miscarrying (I had miscarried once before, prior to being diagnosed with UC). Almost two months later, still battling the flare, I became pregnant again. This time I did not miscarry but had UC problems throughout the pregnancy. I was on 30g of Prednisone the whole pregnancy, and continued to take 4 Lialda each morning, and received Remicade infusions every 7 weeks up until the 3rd trimester. I did not receive the infusions during the last trimester based on concerns from my gastro doctor; he advised that he did not want me to delivery with the Remicade still in my bloodstream. The third trimester was tough and I could tell I needed the infusions but I just did my best to stay close to home because I had ‘control’ issues throughout the whole pregnancy and that only worsen without the Remicade. The good news is I survived and so did my baby I did end up delivery a month early, which was a risk with taking the Prednisone. But other than that I had no side effects and my baby is now 3 months old and still healthy.

I am currently trying to survive without the infusions; I haven’t had one in over 5 months which is SCARY! I am following Bev’s advice that I obtained from this wonderful website and am taking a good probiotic and L-glutamine. I have good days and bad just like everyone else, I know a lot depends on what I eat and how much I eat. Some days I will only go to the restroom once or twice. Other days I go five or six times. Control is still my main issue, which isn’t too fun to talk about but has definitely made me grow closer to my husband!! It’s hard for me now because I have two babies I have to grab and take with me to the restroom if I am out in public. The worst is when I am in my car alone with the kids and I have to go….I am coming up with creative ways to handle the situation when I am stuck in traffic! Please pray that I will NEVER have to get an infusion again and will move in the right direction to continue to keep my UC under control. I will keep you guys posted on my condition and just wanted to write this as an encouragement to any other pregnant women with UC who might be fearful of the effects of all the drugs they have to take.

Medications and Supplements I’m Taking:

4 Lialda
Probiatic
L-glutamine

written by Brittany from Atlanta

submitted in the colitis venting area




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7 Responses to I Survived And So Did My Baby

  1. Adam
    Adam November 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Congrats Brittany!!

    Super pumped for you getting through the tuff times and pulling out a happy baby:)

    -Adam

  2. bev December 1, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Fantastic Brittany!! Absolutely fantastic.

    What a terrific post. This will help many, believe it or not. Life is possible, even with UC!!

    Don’t ever let it stop you.

    Cheers :)

  3. Mary December 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Brittany, you are very strong and I can’t imagine how difficult both of your pregnancies have been for you and your family. I admire you for wanting to avoid the Remicade infusions and the fact that you have good days could mean you are beginning to heal, so don’t give in. My son has had many problems with his uc and Bev’s supplements have been a real turning point for him. He is on 6 mp (50mg) and a month of colifoam, but the truth is none of these have worked – the supplements and also 1drop of Oil of Oregano hours after taking the probiotics , have put him into remission . He has only just started taking the supplements again (long story, I have a stubborn son) 3 weeks ago and he slowly improved and the good news is he is feeling great now!
    Mary.

  4. Miesha December 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Brittany,
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am not pregnant yet, but looking to start trying once I get 1 more year of remission under my belt. You are brave and so happy your children are healthy!

    Stick to taking the supplements. L-Glutamin and VSL probiatics have helped me go into remission (thanks to Bev’s sharing what she takes!)

  5. Jessica
    Jessica February 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I’m happy to hear that Prednisone did not impact your baby! I have been medication and flare free for all of 31 weeks of pregnancy so far, but went downhill VERY fast this past week. Doctor is recommending 30mg of Prednisone. I’m allergic to Lialda and other similar meds and will not go back on Remicade at this point. Thanks for sharing your story!

  6. Bontle August 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Brittany,

    I can’t thank you enough for this beautiful post, it meant so much to me. I am a 26 yr old female living in South Africa and a mommy to a sweet, healthy 6 month old daughter.

    The reason your story touched me is that it bore so many similarities to my own journey. I actually came across your post while still pregnant and I saved it so that I could go back and read it when I got discouraged.

    Like you I had UC while pregnant (diagnosed 2 months before I fell pregnant). I was also on drugs throughout the course of my pregnancy- and so terrified because of the potential side effects to my baby. And like you I believe that both my baby and I overcame everything because I leaned on Jesus.

    My pregnancy was very rocky, nothing like how I had visualised my first pregnancy going. In the space of 9 months I was hospitalised for a week, bled almost constantly, had massive cramps, had to quit my job and move back home with my folks.

    Needless to say, it wasn’t fun. Yet like you I am so thankful to say that I survived and so did my baby.

    Thanks once again Brittany, your story gave me hope during those dark hours of uncertainty. I truly wish you and your family the best xoxo

    Bontle

  7. Brittany in Atlanta
    Brittany September 3, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Bontle- Thank you so much for your sweet message! So glad to hear you and your baby are doing okay. Please contact me if you ever need to vent or chat;) Its crazy to see how this disease has impacted so many around the world.

    Brittany
    Brittlynn916@yahoo.com

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