By now we know what gluten intolerance/sensitivity is all about. But what if you have gluten intolerance/sensitivity during your pregnancy, what do you do then? Let’s find out!
What are the signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance?
The most common signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance/sensitivity are:
In addition to the above-mentioned signs and symptoms, you can also notice:
- Confusion, headaches &/or depressive thoughts
- Dental problems
- Concurrent auto-immune disorders
What are the complications of gluten intolerance/sensitivity while pregnant?
If you are diagnosed with gluten intolerance/sensitivity and you consume gluten when pregnant you are at the risk of:
- Your baby can be born with mental health problems
- Increased risk of premature delivery, stillbirth or low birth-weight
- Lack of proper absorption of nutrients affect the development of the little one
- Increased chances of pregnancy complications (like a miscarriage).
How can you manage gluten intolerance/sensitivity when pregnant?
If you have gluten intolerance/sensitivity when pregnant, speak to your gynecologist/doctor and follow the instructions given. Along with that follow certain suggestions like:
- Try to remain calm, stress-free and healthy
- No consumption of alcohol of any kind
- Avoid smoking
- Drink water and keep yourself hydrated, this helps your gut movement
- Eat smart and incorporate gluten-free substitutes
- See to it that you are taking the proper supplementation and nutrition as per your doctor’s advice
- Avoid any gluten products you know that affects your digestive system
What are the gluten-free products that you can consider during pregnancy?
- Gluten-free grains: Whole grains that are free of gluten include
- Brown rice & wild rice
- Oats (which at times gets contaminated during the processing steps)
- Low-fat milk and milk products with low fat: Dairy products which are low-fat reduce the absorption of gluten in your body. Along with it, the calcium (and other minerals and proteins) is essential for maintaining your pregnancy and supporting the baby’s growth.
- Poultry and meat: Eggs, meat (mainly chicken), fish etc. are gluten-free. Not only do they provide a good amount of protein they also have traces of micro-nutrients like iron, zinc, magnesium etc which is vital for both the baby and mommy.
- Nuts and plant seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds etc are gluten-free. The best part of including them in your diet is that they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids! Not to forget they are rich in essential fats which give you energy and fiber which eases any constipation.
- Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are a good option for gluten-free foods as they are packed with the goodness of nature. Fruits give a good amount of fiber and minerals and vegetables mainly green leafy vegetables are a rich source of vitamin A, iron, fiber etc.
In a nutshell, these are few of the suggestions that you can keep in mind if you have gluten intolerance/sensitivity. Bear in mind that that self-medication or home remedies are not a solution. It is best advised that you speak to your gynecologist/doctor and get the right medical attention. Maintaining your health and nutrition during your pregnancy is vital!