Finally Pregnant - But Not In A Gluten State Of Mind -- Help!
Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:31 PM
I decided to leave my fertility doctor after failed IUIs and move on to a holistic doctor. She had me tested for celiac, and it turned out I had it. This was in december. Now 3 months later I'm gluten free, and I got pregnant! Pregnant and healthy and doing well
So now I'm 7 weeks in and just about a week ago is when I REALLY started to feel the symptoms.
My biggest problem is that I am absolutely disgusted by gluten free products. Anything with corn or rice just makes my stomach churn. And I'm CRAVING - in a major way - a slice (or two or three) of whole grain bread. A big hearty chunk and just thinking about it right now is making me hungry. And nothing (I mean nothing!) else makes me hungry. It does the opposite.
I just have no appetite for a gluten free lifestyle right now Substitutes are not sufficing.
I'm kind of going crazy :/ I don't know what to do!
Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:12 PM
Gluten Free since November 2010 and feeling fantastic!
(Mis)diagnosis with IBS in 2004
MSG and caffeine free since 2001
Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:51 PM
Carb addictionis are very real, especially wheat . It is like quitting smoking, you do have to get over the hump and it may take longer for some than others, depending on the level of addiction. I thought I was doing fine without cigarettes until week four when it really hit, and I didn't really consider myself cured until about six months down the line. Hopefully for you it won't take this long. Try eating some of the starchy vegetables like sweet potato, turnips, potatoes, squashes. Dress them up with whatever makes them the most palatable to you. They will be good for the baby too. It's best to leave the gluten free substitutes alone as much as possible at first, because they do not taste like their gluten counterparts, and you need to forget the gluteny taste first before you will find them palatable. And lthey are full of soy and rice and corn. Eat fresh, wholesome whole foods and try experimenting with things you have never tried before to tempt your taste buds. Focus on the foods you used to like apart from the carbs/gluten and challenge yourself to use them in creative ways. Turn food into an adventure, a creative endeavor to arouse your taste buds.
Good luck in producing a healthy baby.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:15 PM
Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:29 PM
Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:52 PM
I didn't have any cravings for glutenous foods since early on in the diet... so years ago. But now.... all I want is glutenous garbage food!!! These are not breaking the habit cravings. These are I'm pregnant and totally want THIS FOOD cravings.
So I feel for you... and I hope you feel better knowing you're not alone. (Not that it will make the cravings go away, I'm afraid. )
Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:57 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:55 AM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:25 AM
I am 30 years old. I have been off gluten for 3 months now. I think my first day of quitting the gluten was somewhere around mid-december, as I recall going nuts when my mother brought out her calzone for xmas lol. It was actually really easy for me to start, with the exception of home-made goodies like that. I still resisted!
I never really had symptoms that I recognized before I cut out gluten cold turkey. Now, I noticed the few times I had been bad and ate something I shouldn't, I would break out in what looks to be hives, I'd feel terribly bloated, and have tremendous difficulty digesting - and it'd often just come back up on me.
You've all brought up some great ideas - and I do have to remind myself that I am not only harming myself, but also am harming the one thing I was sure would never be!
So now I'm going to have to find some great meal ideas - and mashed potatoes have been a heaven-sent carb solution for me when I need them most! So for now, I'm going to stick to that being my only starchy fix since the other stuff is just making my stomach turn.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:22 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:40 PM
It was a disaster..
Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:43 PM
Best gluten free crackers- Glutino brand round ones. They're harder than Ritz, but very tasty. I like the cheddar.
Definitely missing my Crackers for M/S... With my first pregnancy, I would lay in bed with crackers and peanut butter... sooo AMAZING... The crackers aren't the same anymore... I even tried making some with Gluten free flour...
It was a disaster..
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:43 PM
Good luck to you. Having those two diagnosis on the same day must seem so very overwhelming for you. But, remember, you can do it! And in a couple of years eating gluten free will be like second nature; you'll feel so much better you won't miss foods with gluten anymore. Unfortunately, right now, it might seem like a huge hurdle to have to conquer. But with time, it will get so much easier.
One more note, beware of prenatal vitamins. Make sure they say gluten free on the label. Congrats!
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:58 AM
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