Gluten-Free For baby and Me
by: Christina Boyd
I was diagnosed with celiac disease four years ago. Like many celiacs, I had symptoms for nearly a decade before finally figuring out that gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley, was making me very sick.
I have finally mastered the gluten-free lifestyle. When I became pregnant last year, nothing changed about my diet. I continued to bring quinoa salad, crust-less quiche and gluten-free bread sandwiches with me to the office. My co-workers, who had always eyed my brown bag lunches with curiosity, seemed to think my new condition should have me rethinking my diet. Now that you’re pregnant, they asked, are you still planning to eat gluten free?
Of course, I explained. It’s not a lifestyle choice. Strictly adhering to my diet is probably the single most important thing I can do for my baby and me. But they seemed to feel that being on a diet of any kind was worrisome for a pregnant woman. Here are the questions I heard most often:
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