Problems In Pregnancy With Cd
Posted 24 January 2004 - 06:40 PM
Posted 26 January 2004 - 12:06 PM
I have two kids, ages 3.5 and 1.5, but I just found out I have celiac disease a few months ago (and so do they!). Well, my body is just now starting to get interested in maybe having another one, so I have to consider my options....
First of all, it is not uncommon for a woman with (undiagnosed) celiac disease to experience repeated miscarriages. It might be a good idea to hold off on conceiving until you have a good grasp of the gluten-free diet and a repertoire of meals that you know you can eat safely, so your body doesn't end up deciding that it can't support a pregnancy after all!
Another consideration is, can you maintain the gluten-free diet EVEN IF YOU HAVE TERRIBLE MORNING SICKNESS? I had serious trouble with food aversions with both of my pregnancies--I couldn't even LOOK at fresh vegetables without starting to gag, and I just about lived on Pop Tarts and Pizza Hut! Even so, I LOST weight (10 and 6 pounds, respectively) during the first trimester of each pregnancy. I also COULD NOT force myself to cook for the duration of the pregnancies; it made me feel too ill, and I would rather have gone hungry. If I were to conceive again, I would HAVE to cook and eat gluten-free meals regardless of my cravings and aversions, and I'm not sure I could do it! I just read that morning sickness may be attributable to vitamin deficiencies (which are, of course, almost guaranteed to be a problem if you have celiac disease), so here again is another reason to consider postponing conception until your body is well on its way toward healing.
I did just read here at celiac.com that birth outcomes are no worse for mothers with celiac disease than for "healthy" mothers, which is certainly reassuring. The baby, of course, may turn out to have celiac disease as well, but that is a different can of worms! Breastfeeding is an excellent way to get your baby off to a good start and support his or her developing immune system, which would be especially important if he or she were to turn out to have celiac disease. These are just the things I have thought of, being in a position similar to yours right now. I don't mean to scare you off of having a family, but pregnancy is a roller coaster under the best of circumstances, and celiac disease may make day-to-day coping a real challenge! I wish you and your husband the best of luck as you start your family!
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
Posted 31 January 2004 - 09:12 AM
Yes, there is a higher incidence of miscarriages with celiac disease....
I experienced more than I wanted! --even being gluten-free for 5 years, and taking vitamins!
My doctor noticed that my progesterone was to low to "hold" a pregnancy, so my advice would be to have your progesterone levels checked very early on--like as soon as you get pregnant! I ususally miscarried at 3-4 weeks, so well before that window!
Don't let being celiac deter you from trying to have a family, just work a little more closely with your doctor.
--32 weeks pregnant with boy #2 !
Posted 23 February 2004 - 11:12 AM
This is the boat I am in. I found out I have celiac disease last Thursday. I have had 2 children when I was younger, and as far as I know, have never miscarried.
My husband and I are planning on starting a family soon and I was curious if anyone knows about additional complications related to my celiac disease diagnosis. Is there anthing I should plan for?
My husband and I were married this past Halloween, and we want to have a baby. I am worried now that I know I have celiac disease.
I read that doctors usually prescribe 1 baby aspirin a day to pregnant Celiacs, to help prevent miscarriages.
I hope that will work! I never had a problem getting pregnant before.
Posted 16 March 2004 - 03:47 PM
I had a miscarriage and a pregnancy where there was a problem. I do however have two great kids. With each of them I gained a tremendous amount of weight and they were big babies - very healthy. So I guess it all depends upon your nutritional status at the time of the pregnancy. I would take vitamins and make sure that the foods I ate where gluten-free.
Posted 19 March 2004 - 10:58 PM
The second issue is what do you do once the baby is born? I breast fed my daugther for the first year, she got everything according to the schedules and recommendations and she ended up with a peanut allergy, slight hearing loss due to the numerous ear infections, two ear tubes, and a poop problem that has me concerned. And that was following the text book rules about when to introduce all of the foods etc.
Do Celiac Mom's have trouble breast feeding? If formula is used, should it be gluten free?
Should Gluten be introduced later than most "normal" babies?
Just think these are my question before I am pregnant!
Posted 20 March 2004 - 05:22 AM
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you." Numbers 6:24-25
Posted 26 March 2004 - 05:08 PM
Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:15 AM
"...i'm actually craving many forbidden foods -- mcdonalds cheeseburgers, pizza, etc..."
Maybe you just need more fat in your diet!! I used to crave bacon!
It was the only fatty food I ate...
~ 9 months and 5 days...and still waiting!
Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:38 PM
Posted 14 October 2004 - 10:39 AM
Thanks for your help.
Posted 02 November 2004 - 02:06 PM
So far I am 5 months along, had several gluten accidents last month, but the baby is just fine.
FYI: You may want to look into the sonogram schedule at least as far as your OB is concerned. I go to a great OB but she could careless about Celiacs. The High resolution sonogram meant I went to a Specialist. She recommends seeing her Celiacs pregnant Mamas at 28 and 34 weeks in addition to the normal 20 week check up. I don't know if she would have preferred that I came in before 20 weeks.
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