IBD and Pregnancy
As of 2018, 270,000 Canadians are living with IBD, with one of the highest incidence (number of new cases per year) & prevalence (total number of people diagnosed) rates in the world. IBD affects people of all ages, with the peak onset of 15-35 years for Crohn’s disease, and usual onset of 15-45 years for ulcerative colitis, both carrying the diagnosis through reproductive years.
If you or your loved one has IBD, and want to start a family, there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy.
At the 2016 CDHF Healthy Gut Summit, Dr. Vivian Huang gave an interesting presentation on what Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is, the treatments available, and specifically how IBD affects pregnancy.