Having Crohn's disease (CD) can usually cause issues when it comes to eating habits. The inflammation of the digestive tract lining and painful symptoms due to CD have long-term consequences and can even cause malnutrition (this is quite common in children who have CD). Unhealthy dietary habits may even worsen symptoms. While a cure-all diet is not available for CD, eating and avoiding some foods may help prevent CD flare-ups.
Lifestyle changes play a significant role in controlling symptoms of CD.
Here are a few key steps one can take to help manage CD:
Some low-impact activities that may help include:
Speak with a doctor for guidance on choosing a suitable exercise regime to avoid triggering flare-ups.
Here are a few tips that may help one deal with any challenges at work gracefully:
Vacations are meant for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment. But for those living with CD, traveling may bring anxiety, increase stress and worsen symptoms. One must remember that one should try doing activities that make one happy, including traveling. Whether they are one-day trips to a nearby city or short weekend trips, one should not hesitate to travel if they have CD.
Don’t let CD come in between one’s travel plans. If the world is calling to explore, one should be able to do so with confidence and proper planning.
A woman can have a healthy baby even if she has CD.
It is important to follow the doctor's advice and treatment plan meticulously.
If a woman has CD and is planning to conceive, she should consult an obstetrician and a gastroenterologist.
A woman with CD may have the following questions:
Does Crohn's disease affect conception?
The flare-up phase of CD can be tougher than the period of remission if one is trying to conceive.
Preferably, a woman should be in good health and be in remission when she gets pregnant.
Some CD medicines may decrease the sperm count in males; so, a man with CD who is planning a baby
should consult a doctor regarding his CD medications. Certain medications may be harmful to the baby during
pregnancy and even while breastfeeding; hence, those with CD should seek a doctor's advice before planning a baby.
How does Crohn's disease affect pregnancy?
During remission, women with CD can become pregnant as easily as other women without the condition.
CD flare-ups however may be detrimental during the course of pregnancy and can lead to a greater risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, or a low birth-weight baby. It is usually advisable to plan for a pregnancy when the disease is in remission.
Can a woman still have a normal delivery with CD?
Women with CD can have normal pregnancies and deliveries at the same rate as women without Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).