My husband has Crohn's disease. What is the likelihood that our baby will have it?

About 1 in 10. If you look at all close relatives of people with crohn's disease, about 1 in 10 will also have crohn's disease. Many other autoimmune conditions have similar risks for relatives - a slightly increased risk that seems to be caused by many different genes, complicated patterns of inheritance, and perhaps some environmental factors or triggers. Symptoms often begin in the 20's.

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Is there chances for my babies to get Crohn's as my husband has Crohn's disease? What should I do to help my pregnancy?

Some genetic. predisposition exists in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease. Many different loci have been identified. Inheritance is not in a typical dominant or recessive pattern. The best thing you can do during pregnancy to protect your children is to maintain a healthy diet, take prenatal vitamins, have good prenatal care and after the birth of your babies, exclusively breast feed. Read more...

What is the likelihood for Crohn's disease to just flare up during the beginning of my period?

Yes. This is very common. With your period, your body experiences a surge of prostaglandins which causes smooth muscle contraction, contracting the uterus, but also the vulnerable intestine of crohn's. This is believed to be one possible cause, but there are probably other triggers of inflammation. You don't want to use nsaids for pain, though, since they can cause GI bleeding. Read more...

How does Crohn's disease affect my baby?

Not likely. In general, crohn's disease does not cause problems with a developing fetus, although the stress of pregnancy can cause some issues for the mom (although many autoimmune conditions seem to improve during pregnancy!). However, if you are on medications for crohn's they can cause some trouble as many are very powerful - steroids, immune modifying drugs, etc. I am sure your physician can give answers. Read more...

How likely is it that a child will have Crohn's disease if the father or mother has it?

Yes. Crohn's disease has many genetic components so it is too complicated to say for sure what the risk is that your children will get crohns. However the risk is definitely elevated above the general population--perhaps a 5-10 fold risk above someone else of your same ethnic background. No screening is necessary but if the child has GI complaints they should be checked out. Read more...

Is it safe to have a baby with a guy who has Crohn's disease?

Yes. Crohn's disease can be transmitted to family members but not necessarily. I do not know that there is any fetal testing before the baby is born. Ask your obstetrician for advise. Read more...