Digestive System Disorders

Expert reports about Digestive System Disorders


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

The term "Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)" refers to a group of conditions whose main feature is inflammation of the digestive tract. The main two IBDs are Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). UC occurs only in the colon (large intestine) and typically the rectum. In contrast, Crohn's disease can develop anywhere between the mouth and anus, but the most common sites are the terminal ileum (the part of the small intestine near the colon) and the colon. Both UC and Crohn's disease affect women and often begin at a young age. Thus, they may occur together with pregnancy and, therefore, complicate it.


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