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Who should you talk to for help about eating right for a healthy pregnancy if you have ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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To start, talk to your ulcerative colitis doctor or OB/GYN about how to find a dietitian who can guide you on making healthy choices. Look for one who specializes in working with people who have long-term illnesses.

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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