Hey guys, welcome to subsequent subsequent addition of Carrots ‘N’ Cake Instagram Live. This is a particular episode as I partnered with the AGA on their IBD Parenthood Project. If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ve most likely observed that I’ve partnered with them for a few 12 months on totally different tasks. It is such an amazing useful resource for mothers with IBD, earlier than, throughout, and after being pregnant. I had so many questions associated to my well being once I acquired pregnant, and the IBD Parenthood Project has a plethora of information multi functional place. If you’re somebody with IBD and you’re planning to begin a household, I extremely recommend checking it out. We crowd-sourced some questions from you guys, which I reply under.
1. Did you battle getting pregnant?
No. I used to be very fortunate. I used to be undoubtedly nervous that I used to be going to have a tough time getting pregnant as I used to be on contraception for 15 years, and I used to be in a UC flare; I additionally had pals that have been struggling to get pregnant. But, a month after getting off contraception, we have been pregnant! I realized that when you have your IBD signs underneath management, you will get pregnant on the identical price as some other wholesome lady – undoubtedly reassuring!
2. Did you cease taking your treatment whereas making an attempt to get pregnant/throughout being pregnant?
No. I stayed on treatment the entire time. But what’s fascinating is my signs acquired higher earlier than I knew I used to be pregnant – my physique was naturally going into remission, how cool! I had an amazing, wholesome being pregnant for 38 weeks, and then I began to flare. An necessary perspective is that you must be wholesome for the infant to be wholesome, so it’s necessary to maintain your self by taking your meds, if want be.
three. What have been you shocked to study breastfeeding whereas on treatment?
If you’ve been following alongside for some time, you understand my breastfeeding story was all over, and I apprehensive about all the things. And it didn’t assist that I had a nasty flare after giving delivery. Every physician I labored with (pediatrician, GI doc, OBGYN, lactation guide) had a distinct opinion on what I ought to do. I simply want I had identified concerning the IBD Parenthood Project then. Through the IBD Parenthood Project, I realized that ladies with IBD have the identical dietary pointers as a wholesome breastfeeding mother. Just be certain to test together with your physician to verify your meds are high quality for you and the infant whereas breastfeeding.
four. Did you flare throughout being pregnant and/or after giving delivery?
I went 38 weeks with no points. Then I began to have blood and cramping, so my physician put me on steroids to maintain my immune system underneath management. The greatest danger for IBD mothers is to be in a flare – it’s necessary to maintain your self nicely, first and foremost.
5. Has being a mom and the stress that comes with it impacted your IBD?
Yes! I gave delivery to Quinn and labor and supply went high quality, however then after we acquired dwelling, with the overwhelm of being a brand new mother, being in a flare, caring for a tiny toddler, not sleeping, and breastfeeding on demand, my flare acquired worse and worse and worse. I merely was not caring for myself. At one level, I went to the toilet 30 occasions in at some point. My physician needed to confess me to the hospital, and that’s once I knew I wanted to prioritize my well being ASAP. In hindsight, I sort of procrastinated getting on the best medication, however I shouldn’t have. I suffered longer than I wanted to.
6. Are you involved about your son growing IBD?
I believe I’d have been a bit of nervous, however I’ve realized that if one dad or mum has IBD, your baby has a 97% likelihood of not getting IBD. We strive our greatest to concentrate to what Quinn eats and supply him wholesome, gut-friendly meals.
7. What was your food plan like throughout being pregnant?
Well, since I went into remission once I acquired pregnant (yay!), I gave myself permission to fulfill all of my being pregnant cravings. Prior to being pregnant, I used to be doing fairly strict Paleo, however throughout being pregnant I lived on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, mac and cheese, saltines… all of the carbs!
eight. What is one sudden factor you realized after being pregnant that you simply wished you knew earlier than?
Taking care of your self first! You must prioritize your personal well being so you may maintain your baby. In different phrases, you may’t be operating to the toilet each 15 minutes. And don’t really feel such as you’re alone and must undergo via signs. There are many assets just like the wonderful IBD Parenthood Project that may be of immense assist!
Thank you to the AGA for sponsoring this Instagram Live!