The research found that for every 43 pregnancies, there is one extra case of mental illness in a woman with IBD, compared to other women.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a group of chronic gastrointestinal disorders in which people have ulceration, inflammation, and bleeding of their gastrointestinal tract, and are at risk for complications in other parts of the body.
"We found the risk to be elevated during the post-partum period for women with IBD, particularly in the first 90 days after birth. We did not find an elevated risk during pregnancy," Benchimol added.
According to the researchers, there is a small but significantly increased risk of new-onset mental illness in women with IBD.
Women with IBD face increased health challenges during pregnancy and after giving birth, and it's not just physical challenges. The study suggests that there is a need to look at both the physical and mental health needs of women and ensure that they are getting the best treatment and support.
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