Pregnancy and Celiac Disease
For those who are unfamiliar with Celiac Disease here is a breakdown. Celiac Disease is the allergic reaction of the body to “Gluten”. Gluten is a protein found in grains, wheat, barley and rye. When you have the genetics for Celiac Disease and consume gluten, it triggers an adverse immune response.
For adults the symptoms of Celiac Disease are:
– unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
-bone or joint pain
-osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss)
-liver and biliary tract disorders (transaminitis, fatty liver, primary sclerosing cholangitis, etc.)
-depression or anxiety
-peripheral neuropathy ( tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and feet)
-seizures or migraines
-missed menstrual periods
-infertility or recurrent miscarriage
-canker sores inside the mouth
-dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy skin rash)
Celiac Disease, though you have to have the hereditary genetics of it in order to actually develop the disease, it also requires a trigger. Some of thee triggers of Celiac Disease are gastrointestinal issues, food poisoning, stress and stressful events, nutritional deficiency, cold and flu’s and even pregnancy.
How is Celiac Disease triggered by pregnancy?
For most women the diagnosis of Celiac Disease happens after they give birth to their first baby. Reason being is because that is often when the signs and symptoms will flair up. In many scientific studies it has been shown that most of the women that are diagnosed with the disease after their first baby is born, have always had the disease, but somehow it was never diagnosed. Another major reason this disease is triggered in women after and during pregnancy is if they have a stressful pregnancy. Stress is one of the major triggers to the disease and should be avoided completely while a women is pregnant as well as after she gives birth. But that’s not all, even though stressful pregnancy could trigger the disease, so can a pregnancy that is nutrient deficient. As we all know the female body requires more nutrients while it is pregnant, and so a pregnancy deficient in nutrients for both mummy and baby can trigger the disease.
Our advice would be, better be safe than sorry, be sure that you have a healthy and happy pregnancy so that you avoid triggering the disease. Try and stay alert, and listen to your body so that you can diagnose the disease early as it is known to lead to lympoma in the colon and be sure to keep a proper family medial history so that you would be aware if you are carrying the disease.
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