Having Ulcerative Colitis should not stop you from starting a family. Regardless of the challenges that ulcerative colitis may bring, women can still have a healthy pregnancy. It is still vital to know how this illness can affect conceiving and giving birth.
Conceiving with Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative Colitis does not affect a woman’s chance of getting pregnant and it does not affect fertility.
However, women who have had surgery pertaining to their Ulcerative Colitis may have difficulty getting pregnant. A colectomy is when the entire large intestine is removed. Surgeons create an internal pouch to hold waste. This can leave scar tissue in the pelvic region. This surgery is not always necessary, but if it is, and you know you want to have children, you should consider a partial colectomy. A partial colectomy requires a pouch on the outside.
Having a Healthy Pregnancy with Ulcerative Colitis
If you are planning on conceiving, the most important thing you can do is get your active Ulcerative Colitis under control beforehand. If you get pregnant while the disease is still active, your symptoms have a great chance of continuing during the pregnancy.
Ulcerative Colitis while pregnant can leave you underweight and without the nutrients you need to care for you baby. This can increase your chances of a miscarriage during the first trimester. This can also lead to your baby being born prematurely or underweight.
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, you should consult your doctor as well as your OB-GYN. A dietician can also help to make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Your Ulcerative Colitis Medication While Pregnant
There are two Ulcerative Colitis medications that have been linked to birth defects: methotrexate and thalidomide. Consult your doctor before switching to other medications at least three months before you start trying to conceive.
Delivery with Ulcerative Colitis
Chances of delivering a healthy baby while living with Ulcerative Colitis are good, with the proper care of course. Make sure you work closely with your doctors to help keep your Ulcerative Colitis under control.
The risk of birth defects can be slightly higher for women with Ulcerative Colitis. This is due to medications for Ulcerative Colitis, not because of the illness itself.
Ulcerative Colitis and Your Baby
There is only a 2%-5% chance that your Ulcerative Colitis can be passed down to your baby. The risk increases to 30% if both parents have IBD.
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