Embarking on pregnancy with a stoma
Embarking on the remarkable journey of pregnancy while navigating life as an ostomate brings a unique set of challenges. In this blog post, I’ll share my personal journey, offering insights and advice for those facing a similar situation.
Being an ostomate categorises your pregnancy as high-risk, leading to more consultations and additional scans. Despite the challenges, rest assured that these measures are in place to ensure both your well-being and your baby’s health.
Scans and Stoma Challenges
The presence of a stoma bag may pose challenges during scans, but skilled sonographers always find a way to conduct their checks. Don’t worry; your unique situation will be managed, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of both you and your baby’s health.
Personal Pregnancy Journey
Reflecting on my own experience, the first trimester brought fatigue and morning sickness. The second trimester provided a boost in energy, and now, entering the third trimester, I find myself with fatigue again. It’s a unique journey, with each stage offering its own set of experiences. You just have to take each day as it comes.
Pregnancy increases the risk of blockages due to the body’s changes. I faced one at 13 weeks pregnant, requiring a hospital stay. Managing diet, monitoring carb intake, and ensuring high fluid intake became essential components of my routine to navigate this potential challenge.
Preparing for Birth
Discuss your stoma-related concerns with your healthcare team when preparing for childbirth. I was told that, as an ostomate, a natural birth is technically possible, but it’s not the recommended choice. They suggested a c-section as the safer option, ensuring comprehensive care in the operating room with the right professionals.
Advice for Fellow Ostomates
As someone on this unique journey, my advice is to take it easy. Prioritise self-care, ensuring you’re well-rested and managing your well-being. Additionally, pay attention to your diet, steering clear of excessive carbs, and maintain a high fluid intake. Your well-being directly impacts your little one.
Thank you for reading!
Ange (@thebaglife_) xx