Medical Professionals are urging patients with Ulcerative Colitis to go in remission for 3-6 months before becoming pregnant.
According to WebMD, Ulcerative Colitis is a disease that affects your large Intestine or Colon. When somebody has Ulcerative Colitis they get inflammation and eventually ulcers inside their Intestines and Colon. Ulcerative Colitis goes in waves and will include times of nothing and moments of flare-ups. This disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and has no cure. The result usually involves frequent and bloody diarrhea. People who suffer from this disease might even find puss in their bowel movements. Those who have Ulcerative Colitis have frequent stomach cramps, the urge to empty bowels throughout the day, fevers and extreme fatigue.
So, what about those who suffer from Ulcerative Colitis and have become pregnant? How does that impact their pregnancy?
First of all, medical professionals have stated that women who suffer from Ulcerative Colitis (UC) should be able to get pregnant like any other healthy woman. Doctors do suggest that women get pregnant when their UC has been in remission for 3-6 months. Waiting when she is in remission is important because it would ensure she isn't taking any steroids or new medications that could potentially harm the fetus. Second of all, as long as women get pregnant during remission they have a very good chance to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy with very little concerns with their UC.
A recent study conducted by Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that about 80% of women who suffer from UC and get pregnant while they are in remission will not suffer from any symptoms throughout their entire pregnancy. In other words, 80% of women who were in remission when they get pregnant will stay in remission until giving birth. Therefore, doctors are urging their patients to get their UC under control before they decide to get pregnant.
On the other hand, 45% of the women who have UC and have become pregnant without waiting for remission their UC gets even worse in pregnancy. Of those women who didn't wait for remission, 24% of the women notice that their UC doesn't get worse, but it doesn't get better, it remains stables. After looking at these findings it is noted that 2/3 of the women who didn't wait for remission before getting pregnant will suffer from their UC symptoms throughout their entire pregnancy.
If you have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and are wanting to get pregnant make sure you talk to your doctor. Your first step before becoming pregnant is to get your UC under control.