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Hi all, just found out that we are expecting our 3rd child. I did not know I was Celiac with the first two. I was sick as heck with both pregnancies throwing up a few times a day. Here's my question, has anyone not known they were Celiac with one pregnancy then been gluten-free with another? I am just wondering if being gluten-free will help with my nausea and vomiting.

Also, how have you guys handled cravings for unsafe foods? I am dreading a Kripsy Creme craving........... :rolleyes:

Cheers!

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CONGRATS!!!!!!! Maybe you will crave things like.... fresh veggies and fruits :P

I do hope you have a wonderful healthy pregnancy!!! :D

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Awwwww! Congratulations on the new little one! Good luck with the pregnancy! I am sure you will do well with cravings!

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Congrats! I too didn't know I had celiac when pregnant. I think every pregnancy is different, at least that is the gist of things I get from most mom friends I have with 2+ kids.

I would doubt it was celiac making you sick throughout your first two preg's, unless you were like that non-preg too, yk? My preg was pretty smooth, in fact I felt better than I normally did (barring that first trimester exhaustion), and wasn't too nauseus and never got sick.

Hoping this preg goes smoothly for you :)

Merika

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I'm pregnant with my third also and by far this has been the easiest pregnancy. I'm not sure whether it is b/c this is my first gluten-free pregnancy or if it is b/c I took progesterone supplements during the first two, or because I did acupuncture for a little nausea I had early on, but I've felt good, yet tired.

I'll be so curious to see how breastfeeding goes with this one. I had horrible experiences with colicky kids the first two times. Both kids have fallen off the charts (by 9 mo and 6 mo. respectively). It will be interesting to see if this is a happy kid that gains weight with me not on gluten. Both my husband and I are gluten sensitive and carry DQ2/DQ1.

When are you due? I'm due Oct. 9.

Congratulations!

Elaine

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Woah, both you and your husband are glutensensitive and carry those genes? No isn't THAT something. So much for it to be rare. Did you read the article about the superceliac? That was something about the same thing. Both parents had the DQ2 and in that case DQ8. Can't recall, where I read it though. Are your other two kids celiac, too?

My husband and I will probably wait a little longer now, before we try it. Because his two years "not-being-deployed" are over now. And he thinks they'll send him to Irak soon. And I don't want to be pregnant and giving birth while he's gone. So that's why. Maybe he can come home for vacation sometimes in the middle of his "deployed" year, so we can try it then :rolleyes: . Oh, it's so exciting. I can keep you guys posted.

Hugs, Stef

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Hey all! Elaine, I am due Oct 14th our due dates are pretty close! I actually feel pretty good so far also.....meat makes me gag though, like I need one less food to be able to eat! Stef...my hubby is military also and we have been lucky enough to avoid any lengthy deployments around our last two due dates, so lets hope all goes well for this one!

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Hm, how is that anyway? Are the soldiers allowed to come home, when there is a due date with a pregnancy?

Oh, all that talking about cravings made me hungry for chocolate with hazelnuts. Oh!!!

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I dunno how it works for the soldiers, my hubby is AWACS (flies on the E-3) and as far as i know if he asked they would just have someone take his place if his deployment was during my due date. His deployment window is from May until August. Of course we STILL don't know where he'd be going!! Thats the worst part!

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Oh and so far no Krispy Kreme cravings!!! Just PINEAPPLE!! although onion rings with vinegar also sound really good right now! ugh....... :P

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Congratulations to both of you!!! You can compare notes since both of you are so close in due dates...

I have never been able to gain weight above my "normal"..... When I asked my GI why my body gained sooo much weight for my pregnancies even though I was on gluten for all of them (first pregnancy - over 70 lbs, second pregnancy 48 lbs, third pregnancy (twin pregnancy) 50 lbs (they were nine weeks early.....), my GI, who is a professor who specialized in celiac, stated that in his experience, for some reason Celiac seems to be really kind to a pregnant woman.....

Happy craving, folks!!!!!

Karen

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Congrats guys! I'm due Oct. 16! I gotta tell you, the nausea hasn't been easier this pregnancy (my 4th), but I'm also on prometrium, so, that might explain that. And yes, I am craving all the gluten-filled goodies! :( And being a tad bit more emotional than usual (!) doesn't help. We bought pizza and subs for the kids and my hubby this weekend and I actually cried while they ate it! :huh: I laugh now, but it's really hard when all you want to eat is hamburgers, fried chicken, and pizza. And my taste buds are REALLY PICKY right now. gluten-free food is not my craving if you catch my drift. I had to disquise my gluten-free waffles by dipping them into scrambled egg and sprinkling with cinnamon sugar (don't dip too long though, they fall apart) then cooking them like french toast. I can't even tell it's a waffle, or that it's gluten-free when I do that. Maybe the egg-i-ness does that, but it's VERY good! And meat? <_< Ew! I have to disquise that too! I have to fry my fish and douse with tartar sauce. Today I'm making chuck wagon stew which is so spicy, you can barely taste the beef. Tomorrow I'm making american chop suey which ought to disquise the rice pasta and hamburg enough for me, and chicken stew I cook so long that the meat isn't quite as gamey and takes on some of the spices' flavors too. Every week I make something different (so far). Oh, and for snacks, we always used to make microwave popcorn, but lately? Ug! I can't stand the taste of the butter OR the smell! So....we're making it from scratch. I never cooked much, and when I'm pregnant I hate it even more, but being gluten-free has meant cooking MOST of the day! Like I'm not tired enough!

:lol: Geez, I didn't realize how negative this post is! Don't mean to make you worry more, but look at it this way, if you end up like me, maybe you can adopt some of these ideas!

I do hope you have a nausea-free and gluten-craving-free pregnancy! Remember it's only 9 months (it's only 9 months.....it's only 9 months.....it's only 9 months......) :lol: Mark your calendar every now and then for landmarks. I'm on 9 1/2 weeks (wasn't that a movie? don't think it was about pregnancy though :unsure: )

Blessings!

-donna

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Yeah, don't know where they are going is really bad. I sometimes sit here thinking: "...don't let it be Irak...don't let it be Irak...".

I didn't know how many women in here were pregnant. Wow! I hope, when I'm pregnant, there will be some other "fellow-celiacs" pregnant in here, too. So we also can compare. But well... Congratulations to you all and keep us posted about how you're doing :)

Hugs, Stef

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Hi all...I am also a pregnant celiac. I am due Oct 18th...it sounds like Oct is going to be a big baby month!! I was pretty sick for the first few weeks but things seem to be settling down now and except for always being tired I have been feeling pretty good.

This is my first pregnacy so I was excited to find a site where there are other celiacs having babies. The fact that most of you have already had one or two others is really comforting. I was worried that even though I have been gluten-free for 5 years now that if I was accidentally exposed to even a small amount of gluten the baby would suffer from developmental problems. Knowing that you have manged multiple births, both on and off gluten-free diets, has made me much more confidant that my baby will also be fine...THNAK YOU!!

I was suprised to find that I am also having trouble stomaching meats, especially hamburger. Usually hamburger is a staple in my diet, it is safe to eat out and versitale to cook with at home, but even before I knew I was pregnant the taste, smell, even the sitght of hamburger has made my stomach turn. Conversly, I find myself craving fruit, something I usually don't eat that much of. At this point, as long as I have apples, applesauce, and grapes I am fine. I just hope it stays this way, I dread waking up dying for a brownie and knowing there is no way of getting one...I guess we all just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope we don't find ourselves wanting all the forbiden gluten filled delicaies!!

I am really looking forward to "checkin-in" on this site and being able to compare my experiences with those of you who are due right around the same time. Any advice or intresting tidbits you want to share will be greatly appriciated!!!

Congrats again to all the pregnant mommies!!

Megan

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Ladies,

It's so wonderful to find a community of other pregnant celiacs! I am due slightly before most of you (Sept 30) with my first one. There are dozens of miscarriages and complicated pregnancies in my family so my husband and I always assumed we'd end up adopting. We'd just begun looking into those options when I got pregnant! I have made it into my second trimester and am starting to feel more confident that everything is going to be okay. We have our diagnostic ultrasound on May 10. I can't wait to find out that everything is okay and know what sex the baby is. I get so sick of calling it the baby! I have heard that babies can be diagnosed from birth through cord blood. Does anyone have any experience with that?

I had some serious food aversion in my first trimester but now have little appetite at all. I make myself eat to make sure baby is getting everything it needs but haven't suffered from cravings too much so far.... I recently found a Thai restaurant near my house that has been very helpful with the gluten-free diet. Their chicken satay (with gluten-free peanut sauce) is quickly becoming a staple! Yummy - protein I don't have to cook!

I have been SO TIRED! And everytime I try to cook I end up with ingredients all over my belly or with a burn from my belly hitting our cheap oven. I'm not so graceful as my belly grows... THis gets better, right?

Thanks for letting me know there are a bunch of us out there!

Megan

Oceanside, CA (but fortunate not to have a spouse in the military like most of my neighbors...)

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My first grandbaby is due Oct 28, does that count for anything?!? It looks like we will have a fantastic baby-time this fall! Keep us all posted on how things are going for you all!

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Hi, not expecting yet, but in the process sometime soon. I asked my nutritionist about it (she works at a celiac center) told me to take regular adult multivitamin, vit b complex (which contains 400mcg of folic acid - all you need) and 1500 mg of calcium a day (works out to 500mg three times a day). If you need extra iron by tests, they can always add it.

I get them all at whole foods- their "365" brand. they all say gluten free on the label.

Just some other thoughts besides the typical prenatal

Congrats and good luck!

Linda

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I just found out I am expecting my 3rd as well. I was diagnosed last September so my first two were also not gluten-free (although I have never had symptoms). I threw up quite a bit with my first two but it didnt start till 7 weeks so I am just waiting to see what happens! I got all my blood work done and my antibodies were negative and all my iron, b12 etc were normal so I feel better about things. I am due in Febuary.

I am so hungry and NOTHING sounds good. I have to force myself to eat right now (oh why couldnt I feel that way before I was pregnant). I usually am a huge sweets person but I can't even look at it right now.

My first two pregnancies were pretty normal till the last 4 weeks when I got a horrible rash (mainly on my stomach and chest). They said it was a hormonal thing that some pregnant women get but I have to wonder now if it was actually DH. Should be interesting to see if I get it again. I so hope not, I would scratch till I was black and blue and bleeding. Yikes, you forget that stuff once you have the baby!

Hope everyone is feeling good!

Stephanie

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