Getting answers to how your colitis might affect your pregnancy can vary so much between doctors. But there are some things you need to know if you have colitis and are trying to or become pregnant.
conceiving with colitis
Is it harder to get pregnant with colitis? Should you try to get pregnant if you are having a flare up? Will it take you longer to get pregnant? Will your colitis medications affect your ability to conceive?
If you are looking to get pregnant these are some tips I found:
- According to the Crohn's Colitis Foundation, if you are in remission there are no known issues with woman who do not have colitis and those that do in getting pregnant.
- There are also no statistics that show that it will take you longer to get pregnant if you have colitis but there are many factors that need to be discussed with your doctor.
- If you are in a flare up it is not advised to try to conceive.
- Some medications may need to be adjusted or stopped prior to becoming pregnant. There are several medications used for colitis that may cause birth defects. It is advised you talk to your doctor about this prior to trying to conceive.
More information is available on getting pregnant with colitis:
- Pregnancy Fact Sheet From the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
- Pregnancy and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- IBD and Pregnancy: IBD Clinic
- Microscopic Colitis: ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
i'm pregnant! what can i expect?
Does pregnancy aggravate your colitis? Will colitis cause preterm labor? Will colitis cause issues with labor? Here is some information I was able to dig around and find:
- Preterm Labor: There are several studies that indicate that IBD, Crohn's or ulcerative colitis might cause preterm labor. There are other studies that indicate it doesn't if the pregnancy is in remission.
- Pregnancy and Ulcerative Colitis: Medical News Today
I was able to find an online support group on Facebook for pregnancy with Crohns and colitis. It also might be a great place to get together and find some other helps for your colitis during pregnancy.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a doctor so please check with yours if you have any questions. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for medical advice.