Good nutrition is important for everyone. This is especially true for people who are pregnant and those with IBD.

People with IBD can generally eat what they want. However, certain cases where you may have to modify your diet include – Crohn’s disease strictures, during times of flaring or acute inflammation, if you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) as well, if you have intolerance to certain food products (e.g. milk lactose intolerance) or if you are allergic to certain foods. Sometimes you may have to adjust your diet or limit certain foods. However, this should be done under guidance by a dietician or physician.

Nutritional recommendations include:

  • Eating a variety of food from the four food groups every day (fruit and vegetables; dairy and alternatives; meat and alternatives; grain products).
  • Eating three meals and two snacks each day.
  • Limiting foods and beverages high in calories, trans fat, sugar or salt.
  • Being careful when preparing and storing food, especially raw fish and unpasteurized cheeses.
  • Limiting your intake of caffeine to ~ 300mg/day while pregnant or breastfeeding (For example, a little more than two eight-ounce cups of coffee).


Many thanks to past MCIBD presenter Bonnie Huang, RD for putting together the following resources:

As per the College of Dietitians of Ontario, the following programs are ways to access government-funded dietitian services:

For those outside of Ontario/Canada, please contact your local Dietitians’s College to inquire about services or visit this website.

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*Note that if you have insurance coverage, you may be eligible for dietitian support through this program.

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