[caption id="attachment_983" align="aligncenter" width="593"] All of my nieces and nephews saying hello to their new cousin. What will it be?! Boy or Girl...we find out next week![/caption]
After worrying about my pregnancy with my recovering body, I called my doctor right away to talk about my concerns. She was so encouraging and positive. She reassured that although my gut is still healing, I have improved and healed so much in the 2-3 months of my gluten free diet and both me and baby would be getting the nutrition we need.
Weeks 4-6 went by pretty quickly! I didn’t see any symptoms besides some fatigue and noticing my heart rate had increased about 15 BPM. I had a tiny bit of nausea and heartburn which were both symptoms of Celiac for me, so that confused me! I just did my best and managed the symptoms with a healthy diet and some supplements.
Weeks 7-11 were HELL! Week 8 is when I started my meetings for school. I literally don’t remember one thing that was said in those meetings because I was staring off and focusing on NOT barfing or falling asleep. All I ate were gluten free pretzels and baked potatoes (Austin hated me!). During this time it was so hard to differentiate what could be from Celiac and what could be from pregnancy. They felt EXACTLY the same. I was seeing my doctor regularly for acupuncture and other treatments. She told me to attribute everything to being pregnant: irregular bowel movements, acid reflux, nausea, fatigue, acne. I couldn’t catch a break! I went from being miserably sick to being taunted by the same symptoms of pregnancy. My nausea was awful (of course), but the others were not as intense as when I had the same symptoms with Celiac. But having them all come back at once gave me a huge fear or becoming sick again. I was always on edge and thinking that I would never get better. I was worried that my baby would suffer because of my illness. Worrying made everything worse and it was a continuous circle.
Weeks 12-14 were better. I was taking some supplements that helped with nausea and acid reflux (DGL- you should try it) and going into the second trimester was taking off some of the intensity. I was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I continued with my treatment and throwing in some yoga and walking here and there to keep my body functioning at a high level. I was noticing less and less of my Celiac symptoms.
[caption id="attachment_1069" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The villi in my small intestines were destroyed which is why I was not digesting any of my food. My body could not function the way it was supposed to. My gut is now starting to look a little more like the pic on the left after removing gluten and using helpful supplements.[/caption]
Weeks 15-18 (today) have been great (besides the few days I had a very bad respiratory infection that I’m hoping was the Flu already)! I rarely get nauseous and the DGL has helped my gut and acid reflux SO MUCH!!! Loving this stage of pregnancy and really seeing that my gut is healing.
I can’t help but think that my Celiac symptoms have improved so much from the help of my supplements and remedies that I take daily. I would love to share them with you so you can keep your gut functioning at the highest level.
• Prenatal vitamins (of course)
• Digestive enzymes with every meal
• Olive leaf extract (for immune support)
• Vitamin D3
• Cold press fish oil
[caption id="attachment_1070" align="aligncenter" width="225"] This is the brand of prenatal vitamins I use. I LOVE this brand "Garden of Life" and have many of their other supplements as well. They are gluten free and many of their supplements contain probiotics in them.[/caption]
Other remedies that I do and take occasionally are as follows:
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• Coconut oil…yes I just eat a huge lump of it or melt it and drink it.
• Psyllium husk mixed with orange juice/water combo.
THE END...but to be continued too!
I hope reading my story helps! If you have ANY questions about Celiac, pregnancy, supplements or anything else, PLEASE email me! I would love to hear your story and help you! Happy Thursday!