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What are some tips for healthy eating if you have ulcerative colitis and are pregnant?

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Pregnant or not, it makes sense when you have ulcerative colitis to avoid greasy, fried, high-sugar, and spicy foods. Stay away from nuts, popcorn, and corn, because they can make swelling worse.

Make sure you drink plenty of water, since diarrhea can cause dehydration.

Sometimes, five or six small meals a day are easier to handle than three big ones. This habit also helps when you get nausea and heartburn because of your pregnancy.

SOURCES:

CDC.

Cleveland Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Diet and Nutrition Q&A," "Diet and Nutrition," "Managing Flares and other IBD Symptoms."

Raymond Cross, MD, director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, University of Maryland Medical Center; co-chairman, Patient Education Committee, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

FDA: "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish."

Annie Feagins, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, VA North Texas Health Care System; patient educator, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Manreet Kaur, MD, assistant professor of medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology section, Baylor College of Medicine.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Health and Nutrition Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women."

Office on Women's Health: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet."

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 6, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC.

Cleveland Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Diet and Nutrition Q&A," "Diet and Nutrition," "Managing Flares and other IBD Symptoms."

Raymond Cross, MD, director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, University of Maryland Medical Center; co-chairman, Patient Education Committee, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

FDA: "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish."

Annie Feagins, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, VA North Texas Health Care System; patient educator, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Manreet Kaur, MD, assistant professor of medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology section, Baylor College of Medicine.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Health and Nutrition Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women."

Office on Women's Health: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet."

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 6, 2019

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