Pregnancy and Childbirth with a
Compiled by Susan and
United saw somewhat of a baby boom in the mid
1990s. We asked some of our young mums
how they survived pregnancy and childbirth
with a stoma.
Our young mums are:
Joshua - has an ileostomy for Ulcerative
Helen with Ryan, Shae & Paige - has
an ileostomy for Crohn's Disease
Susan with Dean
- has an ileostomy for Ulcerative
Teddi with Ian and twins George &
Natalie - has a colostomy
Fran with Victoria & Ben - has an
ileostomy for Ulcerative Colitis.
Was it difficult
to get pregnant? If so, what treatment
Anna: We'd been trying for about a
year. I had hormonal problems but once
that was sorted out, I fell pregnant.
Helen: Not really.
Susan: We had been trying for
nearly 5 years. After initial
investigation, which showed I had blocked
tubes we were referred for IVF
treatment. This was our 4th attempt at
IVF and Dean was the result of a frozen
embryo. We still have 3 frozen embryos.
Teddi: Yes, we'd been trying for
about 3 years. We have unexplained
infertility and we were told IVF would
probably work for us. Our 2nd attempt
resulted in a pregnancy.
Fran: Yes. Victoria was
born before I had Ulcerative Colitis so it did
take 4 years of trying after my surgery to get
pregnant. Fertility investigations
proved there was nothing wrong with me and we
Were you under the
care of a specialist?
Anna: Yes, an obstetrician.
Fran: I was a public patient
seeing a Gynaecologist.
Did you have any
difficulties or problems in your pregnancy
Anna: Yes, foetal distress,
because the placenta was not functioning
Helen: With one pregnancy, my
waters broke and I went into labour before I
was due to have a caesarean. Between
pregnancies I had 3 miscarriages.
Susan: At 17 weeks I had a
threatened abortion due to placenta praevia,
and had a two week stay in hospital to rest
then I had to take it easy.
Teddi: Ruptured membranes at 28
weeks and I stayed in hospital until 35 weeks
when I was induced.
Fran: I had no difficulties, if
anything my second pregnancy was better than
What sort of
delivery did you have? Was it for any
Anna: Because of foetal distress I
had to have a caesarean. I didn't go
into full labour.
Helen: Because of a small pelvis,
all my births were elective caesareans.
Susan: My obstetrician didn't
want me to go into labour because of scar
tissue. I had a planned caesarean as a
natural delivery wasn't possible.
Teddi: I was induced, but it
didn't work so I had an emergency caesarean.
Fran: I was in labour for 8 hours
and had a forceps delivery. Scar tissue
near my perineum prevented it from stretching
as much as it should have. Overall the
birth was fairly easy although the labour was
4 hours longer than my first pregnancy.
If you had a
caesarean, which way was the incision made
Anna: Horizontal, because of scar
tissue. The scar didn't heal straight
Helen: Vertical. The old
scar was used and is now a bit wider. It
won't stretch anymore, so I was advised not to
have any more children.
Susan: Vertical. He used
the old scar and it is now a bit wider.
Teddi: Horizontal, because of
Were you in good
health during your pregnancy?
Anna: Yes, no morning sickness.
Helen: Yes, no morning sickness.
Susan: Not really, I had morning
sickness (day & night) from about week 6
to week 14. Then I had the threatened
abortion at 17 weeks. From weeks 20 to
30 I had weekly bowel obstructions, which
occurred no matter what I ate.
Teddi: Yes, although I felt a bit
nauseous but I had no vomiting.
Fran: I was very well.
Did your stoma
change during pregnancy?
Anna: Yes, it got bigger.
Helen: Got bigger.
Susan: Got bigger.
Teddi: Got bigger.
Fran: No, my stoma stayed much the
Did you experience
any problems with appliances due to abdomen
Anna: No problems.
Helen: No problems really.
I had to use a mirror when I got bigger in the
Susan: No, I went up a size or
Teddi: No, I had no trouble
Fran: No problems.
Reprinted from the
"Thoughts of YOU" membership folder.
Compiled 1995 (updated 1997).
personal experiences related to pregnancy
and childbirth see Helen
Young Ostomates United Inc