Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Celiac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (crohns, colitis)

Talk about a hiatus.

it’s been awhile, gluten free friends.  Even in the last two years, so much has changed in the gluten free community and here.

last year, after the birth of my now toddler, I found myself sicker than ever.  Muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue – to the point that it was difficult to keep my eyes open, I could barely manage grocery trips and needed frequent tests between activities.  My stomach pain was worsening.  I had constant nausea. (Did I mention there was a baby running around now?)

Like with celiac disease, doctors see GI symptoms and like to just throw things at it.  We live in a health care world of symptom management and not prevention.  “It’s probably post partum reflux,” my PCP said.  “Take some omeprazole.”  Of course, that did nothing.

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IT’S A GIRL!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled celiac related posts… for an announcement:

IT’S A GIRL!

If you’ve been reading any of the other posts, the Baby part of Two Celiacs & A Baby has been a he/she or it combination. We had decided from the beginning that we wanted to know the sex and yesterday, we had the ultrasound…

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Bonding Over Gluten – The Love Story of Two Celiacs

When my husband and I first met, we bonded over a long night of cheap whiskey and jello shots. He drank beer, I drank the whiskey. It was awkward – obviously, the alcohol helped. Even in my slightly tipsy state, I remember the 0330 conversation we were having with a friend of ours about her boyfriend situation. She was getting sleepy in front of my fire place and was frustrated with the type of guys she was dating; she felt like they never had their crap together. I remember giving her advice and I wish I remember what he said but I remember how what he said made me feel. He said something brilliant – adorable, intelligent, completely reasonable. He said something that I would have said. I looked at him and for the first real time that night, I remember my heart going pitter pat. Shortly after that moment, he kissed me for the first time…

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Pregnancy Has Made Me Well-Adjusted?

Did you click on the article because you read the title?  The title reads like an oxymoron; a joke.  Who says pregnant women are well-adjusted?  Ha!  That’s sounds kind of crazy…  This woman must be mal-adjusted in her well-adjusted state!

My husband said this to me one day during my First Trimester tears.  “Pregnancy has made you well adjusted.”  We laughed about it and I had to ask what he meant… but now at 19 weeks, I think I understand.

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Celiac – The Top 5 Reasons that I Don’t Hate You (Anymore)

I don’t know the moment that it happened and I can’t tell you that I even realized it.  Somewhere, sometime, in the last two years… I stopped hating celiac disease and I started to see the positives in it.  Sure, there’s plenty of negatives in it but after navigating my social life through the Kubler-Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief (Anger, denial, acceptance, bargaining and depression), something clicked.

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Will the Baby Explode? Concerns for the First Time Celiac Mom

I have celiac disease.  He has celiac disease.  We’ve made a baby.  It’s still growing inside but I’m already thinking about it.  What about the baby and celiac disease?!

So they say that you can be at risk for celiac disease when there is a first or second degree relative involved.  The rates are up to 5-10% (I believe my doctor said as much as 15%) if you have a relative with the autoimmune condition.  Celiac disease is common with two gene types: HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8.  The numbers assume about 95% of celiacs have HLA-DQ2 and the last 5% have DQ8. Having the genes doesn’t guarantee celiac disease but it certainly makes it a more plausible scenario.  As it stands right now, I’m the only one in my family with this friendly auto-immune condition.  And so is he.  I am not, however, the only one in my family with auto-immune conditions.

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