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What monitoring tests for Crohn's are considered safe during pregnancy?

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Ultrasounds, MRIs, and fetal monitoring devices are considered safe. If you are on steroids or have moderate to severe flares while pregnant, you may have frequent ultrasounds to check on your baby’s growth. X-rays and CT scans may be needed during pregnancy. To limit radiation exposure, your medical care team can use abdominal shielding. Make sure they know you're pregnant.

From: Crohn's Disease and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and IBD."

Khosla, R. Gut, January 1984.

Kwan, L. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 2010.

MedlinePlus: "Mesalamine;" "Balsalazide;" and "Olsalazine."

Morales, M. Hepatogastroenterology, November/December 2000.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and IBD."

Khosla, R. Gut, January 1984.

Kwan, L. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 2010.

MedlinePlus: "Mesalamine;" "Balsalazide;" and "Olsalazine."

Morales, M. Hepatogastroenterology, November/December 2000.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

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