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How soon should you make an appointment with a doctor if you want to get pregnant and have ulcerative colitis?

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As soon as you start thinking about getting pregnant, make an appointment to see your doctor as well as your OB-GYN. Talk with them about how to make sure you get the care you need for a healthy pregnancy. A dietitian can help make sure you get a well-balanced diet.

Like women without UC, you should take a prenatal vitamin every day while you're trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. Sometimes the iron in prenatal vitamins can be rough on your system, so you may need to try different formulations.

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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