Digestive System Disorders

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN HAVE ULCERATIVE COLITIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that occurs within the colon and usually also the rectum (which together with the cecum and appendix comprise the large intestine). The condition is chronic – it occurs over many decades, sometimes with flare-ups and remissions, and classically, it gives the person bloody diarrhea and frequent urgency to defecate. Severity ranges, from mild to what’s called fulminant, depending on the amount of stools per day and the amount of inflammatory illness through the body. UC often affects women and often begins at a young age, so it can coexist with pregnancy, in which case the pregnancy is considered complicated.


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