The Benefits Of Gluten-Free Diet During Pregnancy – Read All About It Here!

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:

  1. Loss of weight
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Bloating &/or cramping
  4. Joint pains
  5. Tiredness &/or fatigue

In addition to the above-mentioned signs and symptoms, you can also notice:

  1. Confusion, headaches &/or depressive thoughts
  2. Dental problems
  3. 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
  1. Sorghum
  2. Millet
  3. Brown rice & wild rice
  4. Quinoa
  5. Buckwheat
  6. Amaranth
  7. Corn
  8. 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!





Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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