IBD and pregnancy

If you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and are thinking of having a baby, you may be concerned about how your condition or your treatments might affect your pregnancy. You may also be worrying about whether having a baby could affect your IBD.

The good news is that, especially if their IBD is under control, most women with IBD can expect to have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. Also, for most women, having a baby does not make their IBD worse.

However, it is important to discuss your pregnancy with your IBD team. You may need to take special care with some aspects of your pregnancy - or perhaps change your treatment slightly.

This section answers some of the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy and IBD. You may also refer to IBD and fertility section, which looks at IBD and conception.

Our IBD Unit also offers a specialized program Preconception and Pregnancy in IBD. This specifically designed program provides care to couples with IBD who are interested in family planning and conception and follow the IBD patient to delivery and early motherhood.

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