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Is it ok to get pregnant if I have longstanding colitis?

Is it ok to get pregnant if I have longstanding colitis?

Yes: You should be fine, the meds you are taking should be discussed with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can some types of colitis make it harder to get pregnant and have children?

Can some types of colitis make it harder to get pregnant and have children?

Pregnancy : The main concern about pregnancy and ulcerative colitis is after having surgery (colectomy) in which adhesions (scarring) can obstruct the Fallopian tubes. But pregnancy can still be achieved with assisted reproductive technologies. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get pregnant while taking mercaptopurine for ulcerative colitis?

Is it safe to get pregnant while taking mercaptopurine for ulcerative colitis?

Generally yes: Mercaptopurine or 6-mp (and related azathiprine, aza) are sometimes used in the treatment of ibd - they have been assigned to pregnancy category d by the fda, since early reports of receiving 6-mp in the first trimester appeared to have an increased incidence of abortions. However recent studies concluded that aza and 6-mp are safe and well tolerated during pregnancy. See your OB md for advice. ...Read more

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I am a 45 year old pregnant woman with colitis. Whatshould I do?

I am a 45 year old pregnant woman with colitis. Whatshould I do?

Planning ahead: First, if you are pregnant now, congratulations. You already beat the odds. Second, if your obgyn or fertility doctor did not send you to your GI or to an mfm doctor before getting pregnant, we typically would want referrals asap . That way all of the doctors can discuss your history, medications, and treatment during pregnancy, delivery, postpartum period. Collaboration before/during/after works! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a successful pregnancy with ulcerative colitis?

Is it possible to have a successful pregnancy with ulcerative colitis?

Yes: Previous pelvic surgery maydecrease fertility, but in the absence of surgeru there are several medicines which are safe for pregnancy and should be continued.Fetal loss is associated with a flare of the disease during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have the disease ulcerative colitis and I am wondering if pregnancy is possible with this disease?

I have the disease ulcerative colitis and I am wondering if pregnancy is possible with this disease?

Yes: Many patients with uc become pregnant with little difficulty, and have an uneventful pregnancy and delivery. Patients who have had abdominal or pelvic surgery do have a lower rate of fertility, but fertility specialists can help. Discuss the options of vaginal delivery vs. C-section with your doctors, especially if you have or are a candidate for a pelvic pouch surgery for your uc. ...Read more

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I´ve heard that taking Asacol (mesalamine) (for Ulcerative colitis) can affect the baby´s growth during pregnancy. Is that correct? And what about breastfeeding?

I´ve heard that taking Asacol (mesalamine) (for Ulcerative colitis) can affect the baby´s growth during pregnancy. Is that correct? And what about breastfeeding?

Below: The effect that Asacol (mesalamine) has on an unborn child has not been studied extensively. Asacol (mesalamine) should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed. Asacol (mesalamine) does pass into breast milk, and could affect a nursing infant In short---we really do not know. Best not to take unless absolutely necessary. Best not to breast feed while taking. ...Read more

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Is it safe to become pregnant with ulcerative colitis?

Is it safe to become pregnant with ulcerative colitis?

Yes but..: You should discuss your desire to get pregnant with your GI doctor. It is best to wait till you're in remission to avoid a flare up with pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more