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  1. I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant, and I've been doing a lot of research on this, too. My plan is similar to Tiffany's: I plan to breastfeed for hopefully a year, introduce solids at 6 months or so, and avoid gluten entirely for the first year. Other than the limited gluten that my husband brings into the house, our house is gluten free, so he/she will be eating gluten free, as well, at home. Outside of the house, after a year old, I'll probably allow gluten at that point.

  2. I'm also newly pregnant, and constipation has also never been an issue of mine (I also am 100% gluten-free and haven't eaten in a restaurant in 5 years). I've had *horrible* diarrhea since becoming pregnant, so I called my doctor last week, and they told me Imodium is safe to take during the first trimester. However, I'm only trying to take it once a week or so, and it's not helping. I'm also doing the small meals, and that's not helping, either. Sigh. The joys of hormones!

    Congratulations, and I hope your symptoms improve!

  3. Welcome to the forum!

    As far as gluten-free personal products are concerned, you can do a search here to find a whole bunch of products. Here's what I personally use:

    Dove shampoos/conditioners/body washes/soap/lotions--they are made by Unilever, which clearly lists gluten--if it reads gluten-free, it is.

    Crest toothpaste--all their products are gluten-free

    Nars makeup (all their products are gluten-free, but they are rather pricey) and Origins makeup (email them to see which products are gluten-free--just make sure you give them specific product names to look up; I've had a lot of good interactions with this company)

    Burts Bees lip products--there is a list on this site of their gluten-free products

    Garnier fructis or Dove hairspray, anti-freeze creme, other hair products

    Suave shampoos/conditioners/lotions/body washes are also made by Unilever and will also clearly list gluten. There is also a Paul Mitchell list on the site if you do a search, if you're looking for professional haircare products.

    It does get easier with time, and this place is great for learning and support!

  4. I'm currently planning my wedding, so I have two wedding etiquette books (the best one is by Peggy Post). You are *definitely* supposed to invite people's spouses, partners, or live-in significant others. Most people say you should invite the other half of the couple who is in a serious relationship, too, whether or not the couple lives together. Guests beyond that are optional.

    I'm sorry you got left out, but I agree--you'll save money on a gift and have no food worries!

  5. I've tried their chocolate cake, yellow cake, brownies, muffins, and cookie mix. All, in my opinion, were very, very good. I've heard some people, however, complain about the taste, as Namaste uses a different flour mix (arrowroot flour? I can't remember which) that some people don't like the taste of.

    So, I think it's a personal preference thing, but I really like them, and they're very easy to make.

    I hope you like them!

  6. The only butter substitute I've found that is soy and dairy free, too, is Smart Squeeze--it's not really a margarine, though, as you can't bake with it (it's "butter" in a squeeze bottle). Instead, I use it as a topping: on potatoes, waffles, veggies, etc. The taste is good, and I've verified it soy, dairy, and gluten free with the company. To bake and cook, I still use coconut oil to bake in place of butter.

    If anyone knows of another one, I'd love to hear about it!

  7. The only thing I've found is Smart Squeeze, which is a very liquid form of "butter"--however, because it comes in a squeeze bottle, you can't use it for cooking/baking. I use it for things like butter on potatoes, waffles, shrimp scampi, veggies, etc. To bake I use coconut oil or shortening, depending on the recipe.

    It tastes pretty good--a bit salty, in my opinion, but it gives that butter flavor I had been missing.

    I hope you can find it up by you! I've also verified by the company (Smart Balance) that it is, indeed, soy, gluten, and dairy free.

  8. Regarding the bladder problems and candida, I went to a specialist because she suspected IC; however, she said I had a sort of "precursor" to it. She said I had some of the bacteria that caused it but didn't have the full blown disease yet. My mom has, IC, however, and keeps hers in control with diet.

    I actually haven't had too many bladder problems since going gluten-free (this was all pre-diagnosis).

  9. I get my hair professionally colored, and my hair dresser uses Paul Mitchell hair color. I think they're all gluten-free (I don't know how many types they make...), but I would double-check (everything she's ever used on me is gluten-free). She called the hotline for me and asked about which of their products were gluten-free, and she said their customer service was extremely helpful. I also use some of their hair products that are gluten-free (there is a list somewhere on this forum of those).

    Good luck! I hope your hair dresser carries Paul Mitchell!