Everyday Health - "Colitis, Colectomy, and Pregnancy: Ali's Story"

 – June 25, 2013  –– 

Ali Lambert Voron’s heart was telling her it was time for a baby. But would her body cooperate? Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in her mid-twenties, Ali didn't realize the disease could be so devastating. Prescription medication, Asacol, initially lead to remission. "It was like, 'I have colitis, and it doesn't affect me,'" she remembered thinking. Unfortunately, two short months after getting married, Ali's symptoms reappeared and this time the disease grabbed hold. For the next three years, the focus was on helping Ali feel better. Any other plans were put on hold. At one point, she thought maybe she was starting to feel better. She and Mike began talking about the possibility of having a baby. Ali was referred to Joanne Stone, MD, an obstetrician with The Mount Sinai Hospital who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Stone explained to Ali that 33 percent of women with UC who become pregnant actually get better during pregnancy, 33 percent get worse, and 33 percent stay the same. However, Ali's body had been so weakened by the disease that the doctor cautioned if Ali were to become pregnant then, her body may not support the pregnancy. Learn more