Patient Education Resources

Quick Facts about IBD and Pregnancy

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects different parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are the two main subtypes of IBD.
  • Most people with IBD are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30, a time that overlaps with when many people think about starting a family.
  • The risk of passing IBD to a child when one parent has IBD is thought to be less than 5%.
  • The most important factor in achieving a healthy pregnancy is getting the IBD under control before getting pregnant. We want to help you get there!
  • Most IBD medications are safe to continue with the exception of a few medications that should be stopped or adjusted.
  • People with IBD have a slightly higher risk of pregnancy complications compared to the general public, but with the right therapy to keep the disease under control, most people with IBD can have normal pregnancies and healthy babies!