The short answer is yes. Yes, you can get pregnant after having surgery to get an ostomy …and I now can say this from personal experience.
If I haven’t already given it away: Yes, we are expecting! We’ve got a little peanut due July 2015.
It has been a whirlwind the past few months of pregnancy tests, doctor’s appointment, telling our family and simply getting acclimated to the idea that there is a person growing inside of me… that I am going to be a mom in just a few months! Seriously, it’s mind-blowing.
It makes me very happy to say that it is still possible to get pregnant with an ostomy! However, at the same time, (and this is the long answer) I must stress that my experience is not necessarily typical and is not going to be the same as many others. I had been married for two years when I had my first surgery to removed my colon, so I knew that kids were something that my husband and I wanted in our future. I was scared of what having this surgery might mean for that. So of course, I discussed it at length with my surgeon both prior to and after my surgery. He told me that having the surgery should not affect my ability to carry a child, however, it could make it more difficult to conceive in the first place. I believe it has something to do with scar tissue from the surgery and also, just anytime you go moving things around in your stomach/gut-area it can affect the way your body functions. I was blessed to have had both of my surgeries done laparoscopically, so it was not nearly as invasive of a procedure as it is for many.
Now, I won’t get into the actual “getting pregnant” part, because I’m sure we’re all familiar with the process, but I did want to go over some of what it was like mentally trying to do so. I did my best to adhere to the advice that many of us have heard before: Hope for the best; plan for the worst.