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Post-Pregnancy, Feeling Great, Almost Too Great?

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Alright, you're going to think I've lost my mind here.

Back story: diagnosed with Celiac in 2007. I've been gluten free since then. No cheating whatsoever, I swear. Of course I've gotten cross contamination and I KNEW it as soon as it happened, every time. The misery is enough to keep me gluten free otherwise. But even being gluten free, I still had stomach problems (mostly with constipation). Follow up biopsy looked great, and after Doctor visits and discussions, we all just figured that's just they way I am. I had a baby in August. All through the pregnancy, I felt pretty "normal" as far as my stomach issues. Even after he was born, I still felt like I always did. If I caught a trace of gluten, it was bad news.

Weird part: sometime before the holidays I realized my stomach problems were almost completely gone. I've done nothing different. I'm still gluten free because I'm too scared NOT to be. But I can say I've eaten out a lot more lately and although I always go through the rigamaroll of ordering gluten free, I have a hard time believing I've gotten no cross contamination lately. I also have fewer problems with other things like dairy and raw vegetables. I wouldn't have touched any of that stuff a short while ago. Oh the awful things that a milkshake could do to me! But my tolerance of lots of formerly forbidden foods has improved dramatically. Even my reflux is better. A friend told me she knew someone who's Celiac was gone after she had a baby. I don't believe Celiac just goes away, but I will tell you I haven't felt this good in years. Am I grateful and enjoying it? You bet! But it's weird. Is this just a reprieve? How long can it last? If I stay gluten free, can I enjoy this the rest of my life? Or is it lurking waiting for something to trigger it again? Anybody got any feedback for me?

Thanks!!

Lindsay

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I dont know the answer to this, but imagine if it was true!!! Glad you are feeling so well.

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I would think you have finally fully healed. Do not go back to gluten, that would be a big mistake even if you don't get symptoms right away. Be happy to have finally healed and enjoy that little person.

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Obviously stay gluten-free. With that said, having a baby can do funny things to your body. Glad yours is a positive thing! My third is 7 months and I started having food issues while pregnant and after - some were totally new, some had been there all along. Enjoy your baby!

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