CLEVELAND, Ohio – There are several times in a woman's life when she is more aware of her health than when she is pregnant. And a big part of ensuring proper health during this time is ensuring that the right nutritional guidelines are followed.
But what if these guidelines are already covered by a disease like celiac disease? How can a person handle nutritional restrictions while achieving prenatal nutritional goals? And what's worse during pregnancy, cut out a large part of your diet or ignore the restriction?
The answers to these questions are incredibly important and are things that many women with celiac disease begin to ask when they begin the process of growing their family
"Because of celiac disease, I was initially very worried about mine Ability to get and carry a healthy baby, "gluten-free Hungry Gal blogger Brynne Cramer told Gluten Free Living.
Even Those who do not know much about pregnancy, it is important to get the right vitamins during the process. Unfortunately, it is already known that celiac disease causes a deficiency of zinc, selenium and folic acid, which is why pregnant and ill people must pay special attention to these three vitamins.
But it goes even deeper.
"Undiagnosed / untreated mothers are at greater risk for miscarriage, infertility, intrauterine growth retardation, low birth weights, and stillbirths due to malnutrition," said Lauren Hoffman of Bastyr University, gluten.org [1
"Untreated celiac disease has been linked to various reproductive disorders, but this relationship disappeared after patients started a gluten-free diet," according to the Human Update Update, as reported by Celiac.org. "The authors found that women with untreated celiac disease had shorter fertility lifetimes as well as shorter breastfeeding, but after treatment with a gluten-free diet, patients normalized."
As always, consult your doctor to create a personalized nutrition plan for your pregnancy. But be aware, celiac disease is an important topic to discuss. It can cause problems at work to make your family grow, but with the right guidance, it does not have to.
Have you been pregnant while receiving celiac disease? Let me know in the comments.
Reporter Hannah Drown writes a weekly column on gluten-free life for cleveland.com. Since her celiac diagnosis in 2011 she is gluten-free. More information about the gluten-free series can be found here on cleveland.com or on the Drown Facebook page.