How does parental inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affect infant health?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Most infants born to parents with IBD are healthy. The prevalence of prematurity, stillbirth, and birth defects is similar to that in the general population. The prevalence of spontaneous abortion is slightly higher in patients with IBD (12.2%) than in the general population (9.9%). Previous proctocolectomy or ileostomy is not an impediment to successful pregnancy; however, controversy exists regarding the type of delivery (cesarean or vaginal) that is most appropriate when a woman has had ileal pouch/anal anastomosis surgery. [108] Women who have undergone such a procedure should consult with their obstetricians and gastroenterologists. [108]


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