IBD AND PREGNANCY
ANCHOR LEAD: MOST WOMEN WITH INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE CAN HAVE CHILDREN SAFELY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Most people are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease or IBD during their childbearing years, and the condition can compromise a woman’s ability to conceive and remain pregnant. But Mary Harris, an IBD expert at Johns Hopkins, says prospective parents shouldn’t be discouraged.
HARRIS: The outlook is quite good, but there have been reports of preterm delivery, that’s usually days, not weeks, and low birth weight, usually ounces not pounds, in some women who have active inflammatory bowel disease. People often like to say it’s because they were on these certain medications but a lot of the reports do not control for disease activity on these medications, so disease activity is far worse than almost any medication. :27
Harris cautions that expert management during conception and pregnancy is essential for the best outcome. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.