Things to consider when planning your pregnancy
Did you know the most common age for a woman to be diagnosed with IBD is during her reproductive years? This can make medication and treatment strategies before and during pregnancy a concern for many mothers to be.
However, you can take solace in the fact that women with IBD are thought to be just as fertile, or able to conceive a child, as those without it. There are some exceptions to this standard, however, including if your disease is not under control or if you’ve had specific surgeries.
The road to pregnancy starts with intimacy with your partner. This can involve disclosing your disease with your loved one as well as having honest conversations about what a pregnancy with your IBD can mean. Intimacy also comes into play when faced with specific sexual health challenges, including sexual desire and satisfaction. These may be affected by depression, anxiety and how well your disease is controlled.
Like many women with IBD, you may wonder if your baby is at risk of eventually developing IBD. This can be a complicated question without a clear-cut answer as there are many variables that come into play.