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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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I am celiac, as are my two children, and my mother. My brother tested negative (though I don't know if he's been tested for the gene). My brother's wife is now pregnant with their first child (YAY!!!) and I'm wondering, since he tested negative, do they have to worry about their baby being celiac? Should my sister-in-law avoid gluten while she's pregnant?

Thanks for any help. I really appreciate it.

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The trait is genetic, but only a minority of those carrying the gene actually develop celiac disease. So, yes, there is a possibility that their child will have the genes and may be susceptible to developing celiac disease at some point in their life. Your brother tests negative today, but he could have the gene and have celiac disease triggered next week.

Worry--no. Be aware of the possibility--yes.

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The trait is genetic, but only a minority of those carrying the gene actually develop celiac disease. So, yes, there is a possibility that their child will have the genes and may be susceptible to developing celiac disease at some point in their life. Your brother tests negative today, but he could have the gene and have celiac disease triggered next week.

Worry--no. Be aware of the possibility--yes.

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Thanks for the reply. That's pretty much what I thought but I wanted to be sure.

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