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Placenta Previa

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I have been diagnosed with celiac disease for almost one year now. My husband and I are pregnant with our second child. I'm 22 weeks along. I just found out that I have placenta previa and was ordered to be on both pelvic rest and moderate bed rest. I'm just wondering if any other celiac mamas have had to go through this as well. It's such a rare condition and there is little research, but I did find a scholarly article that suggested a link between the two. 

 

Laura

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Congratulations!  So excited for you.  

I would not worry.  (I know, easier said than done.).  The good news is that you have been gluten free for a year.  I would imagine that avoiding gluten at all costs is critical.  Stick with whole foods and I personally would not eat out!  

My cousin had placenta Previa.  She was able to carry until full term.  There was a lttle tearing when she went into labor, so she had a C-Section.  She is gluten free now, but was not at the time of her pregnancy.  We do not know if  she has celiac disease, as she went gluten free prior to getting tested.  There is no way she'll ever consider a challenge.  I've seen her belching and looking six months pregnant after a glutening.  Not to mention brain fog, abdominal upset, etc.  So, we at least know gluten gets to her.  

My OB  though I had it too.  But turns out it was actually a strangulated fibroid tumor.  This happened around week 23.  Yeah, the rest of my pregnancy was spend in and out of the hospital with uterine contractions.  I was in bed the rest of the time. The tumor grew so large that my baby was in an inverse position and every kick was torture.  Everyone came to see the pregnant tumor lady at the hospital.   But she was well worth it.   My celiac disease diagnosis was a few years ago.  Anemia was my main symptom (has been since they started recording it at 16).    I am pretty sure I had it while I was pregnant, but it worked out.  Took us over a decade to get pregnant too and nothing was even wrong with us, but i bet it was celiac disease.  

I recall my hubby packing me a lunch in a cooler next to my bed.  It was the same lunch every  day!  ?If your hubby is not good in the kictchen, ask for help, but train them to keep you safe from gluten.  If help is offered, take it!  People can shop for you and clean.  When they offer, they mean it!  

Do you have thyroid issues?  Make sure that is monitored closely by your OB if that is the case.  Make sure all meds and supplements are gluten free.  I would be extra safe and stick with certified gluten-free.  Pack your hospital bag with gluten-free snacks.  Talk to the hospital dietitian and confirm that they can feed your properly.  

Try not to worry.  Get some books, watch TV, and enjoy your older child and hubby.

 

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