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Can I have a healthy baby if I have ulcerative colitis?

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Your chances of having a healthy baby are very good when you get the right care. You'll want to work closely with your doctors to keep your UC well-controlled throughout your pregnancy, because women with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to have complications such as miscarriage, preterm delivery, and a low-birth-weight baby.

The risk of birth defects may also be slightly higher, but that's more likely due to the medications for ulcerative colitis, not the disease itself.

From: Pregnancy With Ulcerative Colitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Dubinsky, M.  , December 2008. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Maconochie, N.  , February 2007. BJOG

Fukushima, T.  , 2005. Toxicological Sciences

Cornish, J.  , June 2007. Gut

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "IBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know," "Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Clinical Alliance Presents Findings Related to Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients Being Treated for Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Alan C. Moss, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of translational research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

American Pregnancy Association: "Eating for Two When Over/ or Under Weight."

Uma Mahadevan, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of clinical research, Center for Colitis and Crohn's Disease, University of California, San Francisco.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

Dubinsky, M.  , December 2008. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Maconochie, N.  , February 2007. BJOG

Fukushima, T.  , 2005. Toxicological Sciences

Cornish, J.  , June 2007. Gut

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "IBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know," "Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Clinical Alliance Presents Findings Related to Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients Being Treated for Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Alan C. Moss, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of translational research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

American Pregnancy Association: "Eating for Two When Over/ or Under Weight."

Uma Mahadevan, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of clinical research, Center for Colitis and Crohn's Disease, University of California, San Francisco.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 14, 2017

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