Inflammatory Bowel Disease

How common is inflammatory disease in pregnancy?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is a collective term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), commonly affects young women of child-bearing age. Together these 2 disorders are seen in approximately 1-in-200 pregnant women.

What effect will my inflammatory disease have on my pregnancy?

Most pregnancies in women with IBD are straightforward. Overall, IBD is associated with a slightly increased risk of fetal growth problems and premature delivery. In addition, women with IBD need to check the safety of the medications they take for their bowel disease. For women with a previous fistula repair or severe peri-anal Crohn’s disease, elective caesarean section should be considered.

Have you treated cases like mine before?

Yes, the team at SHORE FOR WOMEN have cared for a large number of women with IBD in pregnancy, including women with multiple previous bowel surgeries. We are also very experienced in managing medications for IBD during pregnancy, including steroids and steroid enemas, immunosuppressants and the newer biologic agents such as Remicade® and Humira®.

  • Mater Hospital
  • North Shore Private Hospital
  • The University Of Sydney
  • Royal College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists