Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2006
Copyright © 2001 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 146–157, May 2001
How to Cite
Katz, J. A. and Pore, G. (2001), Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy. Inflamm Bowel Dis, 7: 146–157. doi: 10.1097/00054725-200105000-00011
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2006
- Manuscript Received: 23 FEB 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 FEB 2001
- Inflammatory bowel disease;
- Crohn's disease;
- Ulcerative colitis;
Most women with inflammatory bowel disease who desire to become pregnant can expect to conceive successfully, carry to term, and deliver a healthy infant. However, the management of inflammatory bowel disease during pregnancy remains challenging, and some women with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease will have difficulty becoming pregnant or have increased disease symptoms while pregnant. Control of disease activity before conception and during pregnancy is critical to optimize both maternal and fetal health. The natural history of inflammatory bowel disease during pregnancy will be reviewed and the medical and surgical therapy discussed.