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by mina
(washington co)

i was just wondering one day i do want to have a baby, so would i be able to, the crohns, would it affect the baby, and would my baby be healthy. Crohns does it makes a person miscarriages?

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by: Annette Young

Hi Mina,

Thanks for your question.

Yes, you can have a baby even if you have Crohn's disease but this is something you would need to discuss with your doctor so that he/she can at least ensure you are on the right medications and that you will be as healthy as possible before you start trying to conceive.

Some prescribed medications can have adverse effects so it's important to check out all of the facts first. When it comes to conception, you may have a more difficult time of it when trying to conceive if your Crohn's is active. Ideally it makes sense to wait until your disease has gone into the remission stage. Avoid using the drug methotrexate as it can be deadly to a fetus and newborn baby. Ask your doctor for advice if you are on this drug.

If both you and your partner have Crohn's then you increase your chance of the baby having Crohn's dramatically. If it is only you who has the disease then there is approximately a 9% chance that your baby will get the disease too. Active Crohn's disease does however raise the risk of miscarriage, but it also means a higher risk of premature delivery and stillbirth.

I hope this helps?

Best wishes,

Annette



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