How Strict While Pregnant?
Posted 26 April 2011 - 10:30 AM
I've read many posts from women who actually have celiac and are wondering about diet during pregnancy, but like I said, I don't have it.
Any help is appreciated!
Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:36 AM
Posted 26 April 2011 - 12:05 PM
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 12:45 PM
Posted 26 April 2011 - 04:19 PM
I have not seen any studies about celiac disease and the diet of the non-celiac mother during pregnancy. Anecdotally, I have heard of effects on sensitive babies/toddlers breastfeeding from mothers who eat gluten. I'd do my best to avoid it, but not beat myself up for a slip here and there. When breastfeeding I'd be more careful, and I'd raise baby to be gluten-free for convenience and just to be on the safe side.
You could do genetic testing to calculate the risk that your child has celiac disease. If the child wants to be able to have gluten later in life, a challenge and testing could be done. That would be better IMO than potentially damaging the child from toddlerhood on just so that testing can be accurate.
As for first foods, breastfeeding is great, then very cooked veggies (start with the orange ones), then meats. It's very easy to make baby food at home while making your own dish and you don't need to worry about all the stuff the processed food has in it.
Gluten-Free since November 2010
GAPS Diet since January/February 2011
me - not tested for celiac - currently doing a gluten challenge since 11/26/2011
partner - not tested for celiac
ds - age 11, hospitalized 9/2010, celiac dx by gluten reaction & genetics. No biopsy or blood as we were already gluten-free by the time it was an option.
dd - age 12.5, not celiac, has Tourette's syndome
both kids have now-resolved attention issues.
Posted 27 April 2011 - 04:59 AM
Posted 01 May 2011 - 07:48 AM
I didn't know i had Celiac disease until my third child was 5 months old. I found out because all three of my children had problems since they were 2 or 3 weeks old, and I had been pursuing finding out what was wrong with them (while ignoring my symptoms). I wish we had known about Celiac being in the family before I had kids, because what we all went through was so hard and exhausting. It's really hard to see your child not feeling well and having doctor after doctor tell you that there is nothing that they can find that is wrong - you are probably just exaggerating.
All three of my kids had sleeping problems, it got to the point that at the worst they could not sleep for more than 10 minutes at a time and would wake up screaming like they were in pain. There were many things that were not right and I think that it would have been much better if they had not had any gluten until they were old enough to be able to tell me if something hurt or didn't feel right. there would have been a lot less suffering.
People say that the chances of first degree relatives getting Celiac is not extremely high, but my mother and two of my three sisters have Celiac and the other one thinks she at least has an intolerance to gluten, and all three of my children have Celiac. I think the chances are higher than people really know.
I don't wish to scare you or anything, I just wanted to share my situation and encourage you to consider staying gluten free until your baby would be done nursing because having kids is such a blessing, but going through health problems with them is so hard and (at least for me) can make you feel like you and your children missed out on having a fun and happy baby - and childhood.
Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:49 AM
We don't NEED wheat in our diets, it's not a required food that we have to eat (obivously as Celiac's are aware.
But because it's such a highly GMO'd and problematic food for so many people, I would stay away from it. But thats me. You have to do what you feel comfortable with.
But as the little one gets older, because dad has celiac you want to make sure he is tested as some point, just to be sure. Good luck to you and early congrats.
Celiac Disease - Gluten Free since Feb 2009,
Cow Milk & Corn free - June 2012,
Gall Bladder Failure - Removed July 2009,
Colitis, Hashimotos Disease, & Diverticulitis
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:13 AM
New research has emerged claiming that it can affect the baby. Gluten may stunt a baby's normal growth. My husband was born from a non-celiac mother. He had a normal birth weight but was short and still is below average in height...but he wasn't diagnosed until 2 years ago and had 25 years of gluten to stunt his growth! The research is still new and I am sure they won't know great details until a couple of years from now. Just keep going how you are. I know for myself, I will try to be as close to 100% gluten free as I can whenever I choose to become pregnant. Some gluten-free foods make me VERY ill and I will have to cheat the diet then, however. I figure, why not make it a safe environment from the start? Good luck and know that there are others out there with you!
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