Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

This information is for women who want to know about the impact of Crohn's DiseaseUlcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on pregnancy. It may also be useful for partners of women with Crohn's or Colitis.

The aim of this information is to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy and Crohn's or Colitis. 

It covers topics including fertility, medications, treatments and tests during pregnancy, looking after your health and the health of your unborn baby and the impact of Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. There is also information at the end about how to get further support.

The good news is that, especially if your Crohn's or Colitis is under control, most women can expect to have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. Also, for most women, having a baby does not make their Crohn's or Colitis worse.

We have companion information, Reproductive Health and IBD, which has more detail on contraception and fertility. 

How might Crohn's or Colitis affect my fertility?
How might Crohn's or Colitis affect my pregnancy?
Getting your disease under control
Should I keep taking my medication while I am pregnant?
What investigations or tests can I have during the pregnancy?
What about surgery while I am pregnant?
How can I look after myself and the baby while I am pregnant?
Will pregnancy make my Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease worse?
What will happen when I give birth?
What about my stoma?
I want to breastfeed. Are my medications likely to harm my baby?
What are the chances of my child having IBD?
How can I get more support?
How safe is my medication in pregnancy or if I am breastfeeding?
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Other sources of information and support
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Last reviewed: July 2018