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Going On 19 Weeks And Struggling
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I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease when I was 17 I am now 23 and going on my second baby. I have followed the diet off and on since diagnosed, but not constant until this past September when my fiance went away to school and I could really focus on myself. However, when I got pregnant in February I haven't been able to control my cravings!! I'll do great for a couple days and I give in. I'm addicted to it, I know I am, but I just don't know what to do. Every day is such a struggle, I feel I can't control myself. I am so embarrassed by this because I know the harm I'm doing to myself and my baby I feel it physically emotionally and I'm also starting to get the spots all over my body from it. I am seeing a counselor but it doesn't seem to help. I've seriously considered a hypnotherapist but I just don't have the money as its $150 for one hour. Any advice or encouragement is appreciated :(

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Bless your heart. I am struggling with just plain outrageous hunger too...everytime i am glutened. I will eat just about Anything!

I was wondering what exactly you are craving? Is it specifically bread like sandwich bread or what? I would assume you have already tried replacing your craving by feeling up on something else that you Love to eat. And im guessing you are already on sufficient prenatal vitamins. Hmmm. Have you spoken with the doctor concerning this or have you had bloodwork done?

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I just want to encourage you not to give in to your cravings. You and your baby need good food. I know you know that, but ...Just keep it away from the house and eat at home. Stay well.

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I'm also 19 weeks pregnant and have to tell you, just DO NOT give into the cravings. You risk potentially losing your child if you do, it's been studied that people who don't have their celiac disease under control suffer more losses than the average person. IF you're having a craving for something with gluten, find a reasonable alternative that IS gluten free. Knowing that it could potentially harm your child should be reason enough to stop.

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I am in the same boat as you are! I have been doing good here lately but have not been gluten free my entire pregnancy and I'm now 36 weeks. I was diagnosed "mildly positive" through a blood test 2 days before finding out I was pregnant. It was a lot to deal with and I am so addicted to good food it has been really hard. I'm trying to be better so I can breast feed without any problems. My baby seems fine now and the blood tests at the beginning of my pregnancy didn't seem to show any anemia...good luck and try your hardest for you and baby!

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It's not always something specific, but usually bread and buns and goodies as those are my favorite. I have good days where I have the motivation to stay away but the bad days take over the good. I have talked to my doctor about it some and she gives me the "this is about you and your baby" talk. I don't want to be judged as I know the harm im doing and I feel like the worlds worst person. I feel like I'm a drug addict using during pregnancy... I guess that's essentially what I'm doing. I dont see my counselor for another couple weeks I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. I wish there was a rehab for gluten addicts...Its everywhere I can't get away from it and as soon as I see it I want it. :(

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Thanks mommy2be it's good to know I'm not alone :(

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A drug addict is exactly the way I've described myself!

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Exactly! I don't know how else to put it; that's the only way I can compare

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I imagine Gluten as rat poison. I have had way worst cravings while pregnant-especially for Restaraunt foods! It's hard being hungry. My midwife advised eating often-snacking lots on filling things. I eat creamy cold Greek yogurt, nuts, avacado, gluten-free pasta and meat sauce, eggs, cold shrimp, I bake my own breads, hearty meaty breakfasts, milk, juicy oranges, melons-am I making anybody hungry for gluten-free?

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I am 16 weeks and feel the same way. I have given in to the temptation of gluten a couple of times (chik fil-a chicken biscuit...I know, wrong on so many levels). But I was so sick the next day, I had major gluten remorse. Now I have enough fear for my baby that I am not doing that again. I didn't really realize that hurting myself was also hurting my baby. Dumb, I know. Anyway, hang in there. Find a good gluten-free website with some recipes for yummy treats. If I keep things around the house like homemade oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate and almond flour banana muffins, I can usually grab one of those and feel good later. They are still sweet and kind of bread like. For me, I just know that any time I leave the house, I have to pack snacks from home. That way I wont go through the awful drive thru again.

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I am 16 weeks and feel the same way. I have given in to the temptation of gluten a couple of times (chik fil-a chicken biscuit...I know, wrong on so many levels). But I was so sick the next day, I had major gluten remorse. Now I have enough fear for my baby that I am not doing that again. I didn't really realize that hurting myself was also hurting my baby. Dumb, I know. Anyway, hang in there. Find a good gluten-free website with some recipes for yummy treats. If I keep things around the house like homemade oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate and almond flour banana muffins, I can usually grab one of those and feel good later. They are still sweet and kind of bread like. For me, I just know that any time I leave the house, I have to pack snacks from home. That way I wont go through the awful drive thru again.

Welcome to the forum, Lindsay. If you're looking for recipes, also check out the recipe section of the forum. You'll find we eat pretty well and are not at all deprived.

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