Anyone been diagnosed WHILST pregnant?!
I've suffered from what I thought was IBS for about 7 years and always jumped up and down to see a specialist with no result. However now that I am pregnant my symptoms are simply unbearable, what seems like every meal I was doubled over in agony - even throughout the night with severe abdominal pain and "toilet troubles" whether it be loose or constipation. So after weeks of this, I was given a blood test for Coeliac which came back positive, I now await an Endoscopy (Camera into my stomach) to confirm, although I'm told the bloods are about 98% accurate.
Silly thing to do researching on the internet as the doctors don't seem too bothered to get me in (I had to fight for several weeks and hours on the phone to get my appt as they "are busy" even though they acknowledge I'm URGENT - but the good old internet tells me that with me continuing to eat gluten as the doctors have told me to do could be harmful to baby and result in low birth weight etc etc.
I'm just so worried and still in pain every day and since I'm now 24weeks and just getting Endoscopy next Wed - I feel that I am at a loss as to how to make sure my baby is healthy!
I wondered if any other mums had been through Coeliac whilst pregnant or even closer to my situation been diagnosed whilst pregnant as most forums I am reading are already eating gluten free by the time they have fallen pregnant!
Thanks in advance!
Jo, your story sounds similar to my sister-in-law, Jenny's story. She wrote an article for the site which you can find here...Pregnancy and celiac disease
I am afraid it is important to continue eating gluten until you have had your endoscopy. :( If you go gluten free then the evidence of the condition can disappear giving an inconclusive diagnosis.
If your test is next week then I would continue as normal for the next few days. Once you have had the test then discontinue eating all foods containing gluten
straight away. The results will then not be affected.
May I wish you all the best with your health and your baby.