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What might you need to get checked if you want to get pregnant and have ulcerative colitis?

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Be sure to get your iron levels checked, because women with UC are more likely to get anemia.

You may also need to take extra folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects. Your ulcerative colitis, as well as sulfasalazine that's used to treat it, can make it hard for the body to absorb folic acid.

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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