Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pregnancy
The most common age to be diagnosed with IBD (Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC)) is during the reproductive years making medications and treatment during pregnancy a frequent concern. Women with IBD are as likely to get pregnant as women without IBD in the same age range.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy
Arthritis is a term that refers to inflammation (swelling, pain, and redness) in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one type of arthritis that can sometimes affect other body systems.
Psoriasis and Pregnancy
In general, psoriasis does not affect the male or female reproductive systems. However, many psoriasis treatments require special precautions before and during pregnancy. It is important to consult with your doctor to verify your psoriasis treatments are safe for pregnancy and nursing.:
Asthma and Pregnancy
Asthma is considered a common condition. In the United States, it has been estimated that about 1 in 12 pregnant women are affected with asthma (Kwon et al. 2006). Since most people with asthma require medicine to control symptoms, and controlled asthma is very important during pregnancy, a medicine discussion with your doctors is especially important for women with asthma who are planning a pregnancy or have learned they are pregnant. In general, medicine management during pregnancy should continue to include the medicines that best control the individual’s asthma symptoms.
Ankylosing Spondylitis and Pregnancy
AS has no harmful effect on the course of pregnancy or on fetal well-being. The rate of miscarriage, stillbirth, and small for gestational age infants is within the limits for healthy women.
The flu shot given by injection is recommended in any trimester for women who will be pregnant during the flu season. See our FACTSHEETListeriosis
Pregnant women are at higher risk to get sick from eating food contaminated with the listeria bacteria compared to healthy nonpregnant persons. See our FACTSHEET