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What is the effect of surgery for Crohn's disease on pregnancy?

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Women who’ve had bowel resections don’t appear to have problems with it during pregnancy. Women who’ve had ileostomies may have lower fertility rates. It may be best to wait for a year after this surgery to become pregnant to cut the risk of the ileostomy dropping or becoming blocked during pregnancy.

Some women with Crohn's get fistulas -- abnormal passageways between organs. If you have a fistula or an abscess near the rectum and vaginal area, you’ll likely be advised to deliver by C-section.

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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