1. When should I first be seen in the IBD and Family Program?
You should ideally be seen as soon as you decide that you want to try to conceive in the near future. This way, we can optimize treatment and nutrition before you conceive. You can also visit us at any stage of your pregnancy or in the post-partum period.
2. Is this program only for women trying to get pregnant?
No, men with IBD who plan to conceive can also be seen to review their medications and any other issues related to fertility.
3. Is it possible to have a normal pregnancy and delivery if I have IBD?
Yes. In fact, most women with IBD have healthy pregnancies if their IBD is under good control. We will work with you to maximize the chance of this happening.
4. Can I still continue to see my regular GI and OB doctors in my local area?
Absolutely. We will provide consultation prior to, during and after pregnancy, and will work with your current doctors to formulate the best care plan for you.
5. Are there opportunities for me to participate in research studies and help understand more about IBD and pregnancy?
Yes. We thank you for your interest in helping to answer the many unanswered questions about IBD and pregnancy. Talk to us for more information on specific studies and check out our research page for a summary of the current studies we have available. Any participation in research studies is voluntary and does not affect the clinical care you will receive.