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Elin1
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posted 08-24-1999 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Elin1   Click Here to Email Elin1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi everyone.

My husband and I are planning on starting a family and I have a few questions.

1. How bad was your IBS in comparison to before you were pregnant? I am kind of worried about having something sitting on my stomach for 9 months.
2. How was the morning sickness? Was it like everybody else, or more severe?
3. How was labor in comparison to IBS cramping/ pains?
4. Was the baby okay? Normal weight & everything? I am just really nervous about that.
5. If the child is older now are they having any stomach problems?
6. How is your IBS now, after having a baby? Is it worse than before pregnancy or the same?

Thank you for any information you can give me as I am just sort of freaking out about the unknown. I definately want to have kids though, I just want to find out how bad the IBS is going to be.

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beansy
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posted 08-24-1999 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beansy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope this does not discourage you but my IBS got signifigantly worse while I was pregnant.(Baby turned one today!)I was sick the entire 9 months and my IBS got much worse after he was born.I dont think my labor was was any harder than my two previous babies and the baby was very healthy and a good size.No matter how sick I was and still am I would do it over again in a minute.The end result(the baby of course!)is worth any discomfort I have experienced.However,with my first two babies I had hardly any symptoms at all so you may get lucky and have a great pregnancy.I wish you all the best and hope this helped.Please let me know if I can be of more help to you.
Beansy

LynneB
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posted 08-24-1999 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LynneB   Click Here to Email LynneB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My IBS symptoms went away while I was pregnant, and if you do a search on this topic I know that a couple of months ago there was a thread about this. Many people responded and several of us had a cessation or reduction of symptoms during pregnancy. Unfortunately, it came back with a vengeance later on. IBS really didn't effect my pregnancy at all.

LynneB

chrisseese
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posted 08-24-1999 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Elin, I feel you and I are in the same boat. My husband and I are finally trying to conceive our first & only child. I came online today to try to find out about this very subject.

If you need anyone to talk to about this, feel free to email me. It would be great if we both get pregnant around the same time and have someone to talk to.

Good luck to you.

Chris

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wanda
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posted 09-03-1999 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wanda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my ibs was significantly worse while i was pregnant. I have D and once I went every 2 hrs for almost 24 hours. i was in alot of pain! Also i had morning sickness for 9 months(only in the evening) so much vomitting that it removed the enamel off my teeth. However, even though labour is no picnic i think having ibs is worse! atleast labour is healthy and purposeful and you have a beautiful reward at the end of it. not so with ibs! no comparison

NancyA
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posted 09-03-1999 10:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
1. My IBS was worse when I was pregnant, I had D everyday, only gained 17 lbs-some people loose weight, some do fine, just like IBS, being pregnant with IBS is individual.
2. I threw up or was nauseaus everyday at 10:30 for most of my pregnancy, the intensity got alittle better as time went along. I had heartburn every afternoon at 4:30.
3. LABOR-Mine was induced with Pitocin and was much worse than IBS pains, I had a c-section and an epidural (WONDERFUL!)
4. Baby-PERFECT!!!!-small, 5lbs 3 oz, 3 weeks early, NOT AT ALL RELATED TO IBS, I had a strep infection in my uterus-Cheers to hospitals who do a culture (of the fluid) when you water breaks and you don't go into labor.
5.Peter was 12 on August 12th! He is and has been very healthy, has no more stomach trouble than other kids his age.
6. My IBS was worse after I had Peter, but I had a c-section and did not get a proper work up or help with this condition till he was 3 years old.
Also that "someone" sitting on your stomach for 9 months feels (at least to me)an awful lot like gas when they start to move around in there! It was hard for me to tell at first! LOL! Go for it! Hope this helps you alittle Nancy

mom2kayli
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posted 09-03-1999 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mom2kayli   Click Here to Email mom2kayli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My IBS was much better during pregnancy....I could eat ANYTHING I wanted and not get sick. It has been worse since I've had the baby (1yr ago), but that could just be a coincidence.

Good Luck! It's well worth the discomfort; in fact the pregnancy and labor are the EASY parts!!! LOL!
charity

cadia
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posted 09-04-1999 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cadia   Click Here to Email cadia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi I haven't been here in awhile i've been busy trying to start my own business..look at http://www.cakesbynikki.com and see what i've been doing.But anyway on this subject i would like to ask also:I also want to try to have a baby with my husband of four years (4 years on Aug 25th 1999) but i have a problem(not only my ibs) but i'm on meds and have been for awhile now and i can't seem to get off Limbitrol(amitriptiline and librium combo)everytime i do try to get off it i end up in the hospital so i'm stuck..but i want to have a baby and i'm afraid to because the meds i'm on will hurt the child if i concieve and i can't seem to get off the meds and feel good enough to even start to concieve(you ladies know what i mean)So what do i do?I'm thinking of trying to find something else like Kava Kava? but i don't know so if anyone knows what i'm talking about let me know,your input is important to m e.thanks -Cadia

chrisseese
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posted 09-04-1999 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cadia, Congrats on the 4 year anniversary. I had my 3 year anniversary on 8/10/99.

As I stated before, my hubby and I are in the processing of trying to conceive also. Before you start worrying about trying to get off of your meds, talk to your doctor and have him check into what effect, if any, your current meds would have on a fetus. A couple of years ago, when we thought we were going to start trying, I was concerned about the meds I was on for my Crohn's disease. Pleasantly surprised to discover that the meds were tested and had been found not to have any effect on the fetus. I'm not on anything now except elavil. I would definetly check into it as you hate to screw with something that is working well if you don't have to.

Good luck to you and let us know what you find out.

Chris

cadia
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posted 09-04-1999 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cadia   Click Here to Email cadia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats on your Anniversary too chris..funny my hubby's name is chris..anyway i talked to the doctor before when i thought i was pregnant and they said that it was very bad for the fetus if still in my body bloodstream after first trimester or something like that..they just lookd at me and said bloodtest to see if your pregnant and if you are, you have to stop taking it NOW..and they stressed that.

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-Cadia/Baker that can't eat her own Cheessecake..lol


momof3
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posted 09-05-1999 05:25 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My IBS totally went away with my 3rd pregnancy. It was wonderful! I could eat anything and everything!! My IBS did not return until a month after my daughter was born and then it came back with a vengence!! Obviously, we all have had different problems with our pregnancy - I would just stress on the wonderful baby that you will get and follow all of your doctor's suggestions. I also had an epidural and would definately suggest one. It really helps you relax during Labor and lets you enjoy the experience!

Poe
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posted 09-05-1999 11:41 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had no IBS problems when I was pregnant. I didn't really have morning sickness either. I think I get queasier now then I ever did then. I had a normal delivery (with an epidural) which made it virtually painless. My daughter was 7 lbs. 14 oz. and has always been very healthy. The bad news...my IBS has been worse since then.

Elin1
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posted 09-07-1999 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Elin1   Click Here to Email Elin1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cadia -

I know how you feel about the cheesecake. My husband and I are coming up on our 9th Anniversary.

If you can (HMO,etc?)I would get a second oppinion from another doctor on your meds. I understand why you want to take care of this first.

As far as Kava goes. It relaxes as if you had just had a nice alcoholic beverage, but without the buzz. It just chills you out. When I am tense I take 2. I have read about it. You are not really supposed to take it for more than 3 months consecutively. It doesn't say that on the bottle, but I read that in an article. You might want to do a little net browsing. I don't know if you can take it while you are pregnant. I hope this helps.

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