Afraid I Won't Be A Mommy
Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:08 AM
Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:43 AM
Boy, have I been there!!!
I was diagnosed with both endometriosis and celiac disease in my early 20's. The celiac diagnosis was changed back and forth a few times between celiac, Crohn's, IBS, etc. (the usual bowel run arounds).
When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I was told at the time I had a 50/50 chance of ever conceiving a child. Wow, I was devastated. More than anything, I wanted a family.
Well, as it turns out, I didn't actually get married until I was 29. My husband and I decided to start trying right away as we though it might take us a few years to conceive if we were lucky. Four months later I was pregnant! I am now the proud mother of 4 children, including twins!!!! Also, for all pregnancies, I was not on a gluten-free diet, as it was during that period that the doctors thought "it was not celiac...."
Have faith in yourself, it is possible!!!
positive bloodwork, positive biopsy
Celiac, collagenous colitis, hypothyroidism
endometriosis (at age 20)
spinal stenosis (early 20's)
Biopsy August 2006 confirmed complete villous atrophy despite being gluten-free for years and bloodwork within range showing compliance with diet. Doctor has confirmed diagnosis of Refractory Celiac Sprue.
Endoscopy also showed numerous stomach ulcers, have started taking Losec.
Mother to Eileen 13 yrs
Rhiannon 8 yrs
Daniel & Connor 6 yr twin boys......
"Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us."
Orison Swett Marden
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-- Victor Borge
"An optimist laughs to forget. A pessimist forgets to laugh."
"Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you are not a hypochondriac."
Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:49 AM
Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:51 AM
Posted 24 March 2005 - 12:06 PM
My mom is Celiac, so I know she could conceive, she had me and my sister!
Remember that the symptoms and "side effects" of this disease are SO vast and varied, that conception issues may never play a part in the majority of sufferers!
Don't despair, just take it one day at a time!
Posted 24 March 2005 - 03:14 PM
Posted 24 March 2005 - 03:14 PM
I was also conceived by a Celiac parent, my Mom had undiagnosed Celiacs with all FOUR of us.
Mother and two sisters with Celiacs also
Posted 24 March 2005 - 04:08 PM
Posted 24 March 2005 - 08:50 PM
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 24 March 2005 - 10:48 PM
Posted 25 March 2005 - 12:15 PM
Posted 25 March 2005 - 03:09 PM
I was not diagnosed and on the gluten-free diet until after the birth of all three of my children. I had one possible (unconfirmed) miscarriage in between the boys. I would have only been about 2 weeks along, so it wasn't registering on the test, but NOT a normal cycle by any means.
My sister who is likely Celiac, but not diagnosed yet has three children and has had three miscarriages.
I think you will be fine as long as you are on the gluten-free diet. I agree that on the diet you have the same chances of having a baby as everyone else (non-Celiacs).
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 28 March 2005 - 10:49 AM
Posted 28 March 2005 - 06:39 PM
Posted 28 March 2005 - 07:50 PM
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