My Pregnancy Hiatus

Today I am writing to let you know that I'm going to be taking a hiatus from blogging for Girls With Guts (GWG). It isn't an easy decision to make and I was kind of "forced" into it. Right after Thanksgiving (December 2nd at 1pm to be exact), I found out that I was 4 weeks pregnant with my first baby. Because of my blog, everyone is currently referring to the baby as Baby Ninja. As we don't know the sex of the baby yet, and therefore have no name, I will refer to him or her as Baby Ninja for the remainder of this post.

As of February 15, 2017, I am 14 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy (Hallelujah! I survived the first trimester!). I am due on August 12 (my mom's birthday!). Between preparing for Baby Ninja, dealing with morning sickness, a j-pouch, prenatal appointments, a job, house work, blogging on my personal blog, three pets and a husband, I'm currently swamped. I decided that for now it is best for me to take a break from some of my responsibilities (one of those being GWG).

I love helping people and sharing my IBD and j-pouch experience with others. Advocacy is my passion and I want to continue doing that. Right now, however, Baby Ninja comes first. After my hiatus (which should end sometime between August 12 and September 15), I plan to share all my pregnancy and childbirth experiences. I will probably also share my life being a new mom with a j-pouch.

So far, pregnancy has been way different than I expected it to be. I thought to myself, "Well, I have dealt with the horrors of ulcerative colitis, pregnancy should be a breeze!" How very wrong I was. While pregnancy is obviously not a disease, it comes with its own set of challenges. Since becoming pregnant, I have gained a whole new respect for my mother and, really, mothers in general. Moms sacrifice so much to bring babies into the world... it is truly a humbling experience.

I must be honest with you, I am scared to death. But thankfully, I'm not alone. I am currently in touch with multiple people who have been pregnant with their j-pouches and had very healthy pregnancies and deliveries. My mother and aunt have also had multiple babies and they have Crohn's disease. Both of them have also had bowel surgeries. I tell you all this to let you know that having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) does not necessarily mean you can never have children.

Before I go, I want to thank all of you for your patience during this time. Again, I look forward to sharing my experiences with you after my hiatus is over. I hope that my story will inspire you and give you hope. I know that my story is not everyone's story, but I know that my experience is similar to others' experiences. You can have a relatively "normal life" with IBD and a j-pouch. There may be some alterations and changes, obviously, but it can be done!