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What positive effects can pregnancy have on Crohn's disease?

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For some people, pregnancy can lessen Crohn's disease symptoms. This is probably because pregnancy causes a suppression of the immune system. That happens so the body won't reject the fetus.

Being pregnant may protect you against future flare-ups of Crohn's disease and may reduce the need for surgery in the future. This is because pregnant women produce the hormone relaxin, which stops premature contractions of the uterus. It is thought that relaxin might inhibit the formation of scar tissue.

From: Crohn's Disease and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "IBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "IBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

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