Daily Fact #24 – Pregnancy and IC

//Daily Fact #24 – Pregnancy and IC


If you’re wondering if you can have a baby after a diagnosis of IC, take heart! Thousands of IC patients have had successful pregnancies and children. The most common question asked by potential mothers is “Will my IC get worse during a pregnancy?” In our experience, some IC patients go into remission or experience a decrease of their symptoms during their pregnancy. Other patients report that their symptoms worsen slightly as the pregnancy advances. The Interstitial Cystitis Association did a small study which found that the symptoms of IC decrease during the first two trimesters and then increase slightly during the third trimester, most likely due to the baby putting pressure on the bladder.

Dr. Robert Moldwin, in the IC Survival Guide, shared that his observations aren’t quite so favorable. He’s seen the majority of his patients experience some degree of bladder worsening throughout the pregnancy which he believes is due to the cessation of oral therapies. However, he also said that “most patients make through without any problems.” He suggests the use of conservative therapies, such as yoga, meditation, relaxation, self-hypnosis, acupuncture, diet and the avoidance of constipation to help reduce IC related discomfort

Are you considering pregnancy? The ICN offers several pregnancy patient discussion boards!

Additional Pregnancy and IC Resources

ICN Pregnancy Resource Center
Lesa’s Pregnancy Journal
How Pregnancy Affects IC.
Interstitial cystitis symptoms stable or better in pregnancy
NIDDK Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

Please Share Your Stories

Have you had children after your diagnosis? Did your symptoms improve or worsen? We’d love to hear your story!

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 24th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #24 – Pregnancy and IC

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!