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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Pregnancy After Bad Experience (w/ Celiac)
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Hello everyone! I am new to the forrum and have a few questions.... I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 5 years ago (when I was 18). My husband and I would like to get pregnant in the near future. This is a major step for me b/c we had a VERY bad experience with preggos about 2 years ago. I was on BC pills at the time and was completely surprised. I tested neg until I was 7 wks along and at that time I couldn't keep ANYTHING down. Everyone told me that was normal and would pass in a few weeks.....

It didn't. It only got owrse. They prescribed me Phenergan and B12 but it didn't help at all. I literally couldn't get out of bed. I ended up hospitalized at 4 1/2 months with a feeding tube, IV electrolites, an array of meds (all preggo safe) and was there almost 2 months. One night I started crashing and the next morning we found that I had lost the baby. It was coded a still birth and it took me several months to regain my strength again.

Basically, I'm very scared. I'm scared of getting sick like that again. We just recently had a misscaraige (about 4wks along) and I had an IUD (non-hormonal). That is out now, lol, obviously.....

OK... Sorry about the long winded post. I'm just nervous and hoping to find some info. Thanks!

~Melinda~

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Hi Melinda,

Having a baby is always a leap of faith. We never know what the outcome will be. Even if we did everything PERFECTLY things can still go wrong. And some women who do everything WRONG have perfectly healthy babies.

My suggestion would be to make sure you are 100% gluten free for a good 6 months to a year BEFORE you get pregnant. During that time eat the healthiest diet you can and take supplements to make sure your body is nutritionally ready to carry a baby to term.

You can get tests to find out any deficiencies you might have and really mega dose on those. Make sure a good well rounded multi and REALLY make sure that your iron is good.

Also get your Thyroid checked. If it isnt working right that can affect your ability to carry to term.

I wish you strength and courage. :)

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Hi Melinda,

Having a baby is always a leap of faith. We never know what the outcome will be. Even if we did everything PERFECTLY things can still go wrong. And some women who do everything WRONG have perfectly healthy babies.

My suggestion would be to make sure you are 100% gluten free for a good 6 months to a year BEFORE you get pregnant. During that time eat the healthiest diet you can and take supplements to make sure your body is nutritionally ready to carry a baby to term.

You can get tests to find out any deficiencies you might have and really mega dose on those. Make sure a good well rounded multi and REALLY make sure that your iron is good.

Also get your Thyroid checked. If it isnt working right that can affect your ability to carry to term.

I wish you strength and courage. :)

Thank you! I will get definately follow your advice :)

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