Information for Pregnant Women with Celiac Disease - Celiac Disease
Aug 20 2008

Information for Pregnant Women with Celiac Disease

Are you pregnant and have Celiac Disease?  While you can certainly have a safe birth and healthy child, there are some things that you and your doctor should probably be aware of.   According to a recent study written about over at BabyFit:

Swedish researchers recently analyzed data from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. They obtained information on almost 2.8 million births from women without celiac disease and from 2,078 births to women diagnosed with celiac disease. Only 1,149 of these women were diagnosed with celiac disease before giving birth.

The women with undiagnosed celiac disease were 62% more likely to deliver infants with poor growth while in the womb, and at least twice as likely to have a baby with low birth weight (compared to the women without celiac disease). The researchers believe that the inflammation in the small intestine causes poor absorption of nutrients, and therefore poor weight gain in the infant. The researchers feel that if a woman were diagnosed and treated for celiac disease 1-2 years before conception, her risk of having a pre-term birth or low birth weight baby would be similar to a woman without celiac disease. Following a gluten-free diet 1-2 years prior to conception would allow the inflammation in the small intestine to diminish and absorption of nutrients to improve.

Obviously if you are already pregnant you can’t give it a year or two as mentioned in the above article, but you’ll want to be extra careful throughout your pregnancy to stay 100% gluten free.

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  1. christine weiand says:

    I am eighteen years old and in december of 2009 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Since then I have been working on sticking to a gluten-free diet. I am newly pregnant and I pray that my baby is healthy and that I’m healthy enough for my baby.

    • Anon says:

      How are you, and how is your baby?
      I’m vegetarian and I was diagnosed in August 2010 with coeliac disease but didnt start the gluten free diet until December 2010 when I had the biopsy/endoscopy. The day before my biopsy I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant! I’m now keeping all my fingers and toes crossed until the scans and tests are done. I’m 8 weeks now and I hope everything is ok!
      I hope everything worked out well for you?

  2. Megan says:

    I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, back then it was hard to stay on a completley gf diet as there was not much out there in the way of gf products. Today i try and stay 100% gf but sometimes i slip on my diet. Now that i am pregnant i have to worry about my baby, it is not only hard to stay on a gf diet but also eat healthy good tasting foods for me and my baby, If anyone has any tips i would love to hear them. Also good luck to Christine and Anon with your pregnancies.

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