Sarah Beth asked, I had a quick question for you--I am pregnant and have one gluten intolerant kiddo already...what did your doctor say about eating gluten during your pregnancy and nursing? THanks!"
So. We don't actually see a doctor for the gluten intolerance issues. We saw one for the original diagnosis, but my own research was in pretty stark contrast to some of his recommendations, and... so, I guess we've been taking care of things on our own.
I have made the decision not to completely eliminate gluten during my pregnancy, for two reasons:
- Some research suggests that the more types of foods you can expose your baby to in utero, the fewer allergies they will have (like the research that indicates children raised with pets are less likely to be allergic to pet dander, right?). (Wouldn't it be nice if I could back that statement up with a link? I can't.)
- There hasn't yet been research to prove that staying gluten-free during pregnancy reduces your child's risk of gluten intolerance - (look a linky!). http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91634452
I have, however, tried to very much limit my gluten intake during pregnancy. As much as possible, I've followed the Weight Watchers Core plan, which involves fruits, veggies, lean meats, fat free dairy products, brown rice, potatoes, beans, along with ONE serving of whole-grain, no-corn syrup cereal and ONE serving of whole wheat pasta a day. (Of course WW has a complete listing of everything and all the rules, but this is basically it.)
This is just what I've done with my pregnancy, I think it's something every mom has to decide for herself (without guilt! we don't need it!). Of course, if, during my nursing days, I notice baby reacting to any gluten in my diet, I will eliminate it then.