Having a Baby
In writing this story
I hope to give some reassurance to any female
ostomate who is considering having children.
I have recently had
my third baby since my ileostomy was performed
in 1982. We now have a boy aged nine and a
half and two girls, four and a half and eight
During each pregnancy
I was very well. No morning sickness at
all, (which was probably good luck more than
good management) and no repercussions from the
Crohn's Disease. Just the normal
tiredness, on and off, like any "normal"
pregnant woman. All three babies were
delivered by Caesarean Section which had
nothing to do with the ileostomy. The
doctor even suggested I could have a fourth
baby if I felt a need (I have not felt that
need just yet).
With the third
pregnancy, as with the first, and second, my
stoma grew a couple of sizes which only meant
I changed the two piece appliance I wear to a
bigger size. I figured if I had to alter
my top half why not alter the bottom half as
well! As my stomach became slightly
rounder, changing my appliance became slightly
more difficult, so standing in front of a
mirror became common practice for a few
months. I found I did not have any
leakage problems either while pregnant.
If I did, it was due to laziness and I have to
admit, I have that problem when not pregnant!
All in all, I have
had three uneventful pregnancies.
See, we really are
very "normal" women aren't we?
Reprinted from YOU
Inc's original website (October 1998 - May
Young Ostomates United Inc