Planning for Pregnancy
When planning your pregnancy, it makes sense to try conceive when your IC symptoms are in remission or under control. Diet, of course, will play a role. Even prenatal vitamins might be a concern because of the high levels of Vitamin B and C, commonly known to irritate the IC bladder.
- Make appointments with every doctor or medical care provider necessary. This could include your OB/GYN, Urologist, Primary Care Doctor, Pain Specialist, Psychiatrist, etc. This is also a good time to get physicals, annual GYN exams, dental cleanings and x-rays, etc.
- Go to these appointments prepared. Take a list of all your medications and treatments, how often you take them and for what reasons. Ask your doctors which meds are safe during pregnancy and which are not. If there are meds that you must stop, find out when you must stop them (prior to conceiving, once you confirm pregnancy, etc). You may also want to ask which meds are safe during breastfeeding. Be advised that you may get different opinions from each doctor.
- You and your partner can weigh the pros and cons of each medication. Then you can choose which medications to stop and when.
- Ask your doctors what IC treatments are acceptable to use during pregnancy. This information can be especially helpful if your IC flares during pregnancy.
- Ask your OB/GYN and Urologist about prenatal vitamins. Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron are the most important nutrients that may need to be supplemented. It is advisable to start taking Folic Acid before getting pregnant.
- Many IC patients have difficulty taking vitamins. One major source of problems is Vitamin C which can be very acidic and irritating to the bladder. Look for vitamins that have less acidic forms of Vitamin C (like Ester-C). Another irritant in vitamins can be the dyes and additives. Look for more natural alternatives. Your OB/GYN may give you several samples of prenatal vitamins.