My Brief Background: I had my surgery in 2001, I have had my main incision cut open four to five times, my belly button cut open about the same, and a few other incisions around the abdomen. I have had nine major surgeries and slightly more minor surgeries.
What to expect when/if I am expecting: (Based on what I have read on j-pouch sites.)
- My abdomen scars will itch as I grow bigger, and hurt if the baby kicks them.
- My internal scar tissue will cause pain as it stretches.
- I most likely will end up having a c-section, even if the birth plan is natural. Both have risks. There is a higher chance of switching to c-section regardless of the plan, although vaginal births have gone fine. I did not find one horror story for either way.
- The first twelve weeks will be worrisome if I have morning sickness, due to my increased risk of dehydration, trips to the ER for dehydration are apparently common for j-pouchers with morning sickness.
- IVF is a common theme in the j-pouch world. Not all are happy stories with a baby ending. Although my chances seem to be the same as the general population, although there is an article that talks about IBD patients being more apt to have a pregnancy loss once pregnant.
Conclusion: I need to stop reading about pregnancy until I actually am pregnant, it will only drive me crazy and make it that much harder if the pregnancy test is negative.