Many women newly diagnosed with IBD wonder, “will IBD impact my ability to have children?” The simple answer is, IBD alone does not impact fertility. However, IBD complications and surgeries can impact one’s ability to become pregnant. Women with ostomies wonder if they can get pregnant or how an ostomy impacts their pregnancy. For both women with IBD or ostomy, conception and motherhood are not out of the question. In fact, many GWGs are also moms! Not only do women with IBD or ostomy wonder about their ability to conceive, but they also ask questions about raising children while being sick, how to cope with hospital stays, if their children could inherit IBD and other concerns about parenting. Luckily, our community is here to help answer these questions.
We asked our community of IBD/Ostomy moms for their tips on how they navigate pregnancy with IBD and/or Ostomy:
In 2019, we hosted a chat on motherhood with IBD and ostomy. Check out this conversation here:
In Andrea’s blog, “From Broken to Beautiful: My Body Through UC and a Healthy Pregnancy,” she includes questions for pre-pregnancy GI appointments, and for a pre-pregnancy OB Consultation. Click the link below to read her questions.
GWG Partnered with The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation on the IBD Parenthood Project. Check out the resource here:
For more information on IBD and pregnancy check out the IBD Academy pregnancy sections.
For more information on ostomy and pregnancy check out the United Ostomy Association of America’s pregnancy resources.