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First Trimester Cravings- Celiac Complaints!

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I am 7 weeks pregnant and have been faithfully gluten-free since June 07. It has NEVER been harder than the last 2 weeks. I can't tell you how much I wish I could just order a pizza! This is really tough. I know that there are gluten-free alternatives but I am too sick to cook anything from scratch. I am completely miserable and cursing celiac disease! It must be the pregnancy hormones because I was very much at peace with celiac until now.

Oh well...there is nothing I can do but deal with this and eat my Glutino's frozen pizza. There is GREAT news on my horizon: Pizza Fusion is coming to my town in January so that's something to look forward to...till then I SUFFER!!! OH how I suffer!

Thanks for listening to my rant. I am usually not much of a complainer but a deprived pregnant person isn't a pretty sight!

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You have my sympathies! I had terrible ALL-DAY sickness with my third. But it did go away in the fourth month. It was tough to chase little ones and feel awful.

Two things that helped-a sea band and lavender. The sea band you have to get in just the right spot. The lavender I put on my pillow at night.

Congratulations and best wishes!

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Meredith,

Congrats! I am also 7 weeks pregant after going off a gluten :) healthy pregnancy to you!

It sounds to me like you are trapped in an Insulin cycle from all your estrogen. If you are having cravings that badly for pizza crust. One of the problems with "gluten free" foods at the store is they are very high in starches and carbs. If you are like me, you get on an insulin rush from it and your body craves it harder and harder till you wanna eat a whole bag of Soft-batch cookies.

My best advice for you is to go on a 3 day fast from starch-carbs. NOT fruits and veggies, please keep eating those for your little one. But try to go off all forms of starches for 3 days. It takes 3 days for Insulin to settle down, and I promise you, if you don't cheat, after 3 days you'll wonder why you even were attracted to bread. You really can take it or leave it. I know..sounds impossible :) But you really are fighting your estrogen levels from pregnancy which already demand carbs, plus whatever you've been eating. It takes a drastic fast from them to break the insulin cycle.

You can do it! :) Let us know if you have any success.

And if it doesn't work, you can through a Rice-loaf brick at me.

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I know how you feel! I was recently pregnant, my bub is 12 weeks old and I had huge cravings for everything I couldn't eat! Especially bread and pizza, it was hard because nothing can substitute what you crave. I just tried to think of how crap I felt when I was eating gluten and then it doesn't seem so bad, congrats on your pregnancy!

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Meredith, I know exactly how you feel! I am nine weeks and all I want is a croissant. This is especially annoying b/c I am nauseated all day and don't want anything to eat at all--but bread, bread, bread. And the gluten-free bread tastes awful right now. I was passing a greek diner on the way home from work and actually had a craving for gyro meat. Against my better judgment, I had some. I figured it was just meat. I don't know what I was thinking. I was just so excited to actually want to eat something. Now, I'm pretty convinced I just glutened myself. Not sick yet, but wondering and waiting. Now, of course, I'm freaking out about hurting the baby. Can you cause damage from one glutening?

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Can you cause damage from one glutening?

I doubt it. I ate gluten all through my first pregnancy and was diagnosed after she was born (normal and healthy). I was gluten free with my second pregnancy and not much was different except that it was a boy and he was HUGE! ;)

Good luck with all the cravings..... It is nice that there are some gluten-free convenience foods out there however much more expensive they are and not quite the same as their gluten counterparts. Things that helped me were lots of protein snacks throughout the day and ginger tea.

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Carbs are the only think keeping me from throwing up!!!! Gluten-free carbs are just not appealing but of course I don't have a choice!!!

*I wouldn't worry about one glutening. Just be sure to ask what the marinade is made of next time!

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