Paleo pregnancy/ celiac disease

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2012 at 3:06 AM

My husband and I both have celiac disease. We found out after the birth of our second child who had severe gi issues +the really bad celiac disease. We are on the paleo diet with fermented forms of dairy. We are deathly allergic to coconut and shellfish and treenuts other than almond.

I read a lot about ppl doing paleo while pregnant and everyone seems to get through the first trimester by eating grains. For us they aren't an option as we all get so sick. So does anyone have ways to be strictly grainfree and ok on a paleo diet? I'm really hoping to have another baby soon but not sure how the first trimester will go. Especially since with the last two I was so sick.



on December 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

You could look into GAPS as well, it will eventually restore your GI system. You can't do the Intro portion while you're pregnant but you can do the rest, and might find some relief from your allergies. I made a lot of sunflower butter crackers, they're delicious. Cara at Health, Home and Happiness has a pretty good recipe: http://www.healthhomehappy.com/2010/09/grain-free-crackers-made-with-sesame-and-sunflower-seeds.html



on November 02, 2012
at 04:00 AM

I think she is speaking about those of us who abandon ship to a certain extent first trimester due to bread cravings.



on November 02, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Huh? Paleo is entirely grain-free with the exception of some people who eat rice. You will be ok without grains whether you're in your first trimester of 90th trimester.

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on November 02, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I was able to shy away from bread more this second pregnancy by embracing other starchy foods wholeheartedly.

Homemade french fries tossed in oil and baked in the oven, potato salad, and baked potatoes worked really well for me.

Sweet potato fries and mashed sweet potatoes were good too.

Bananas, lots of bananas.

Plantain chips and cooked plantain from Cuban and Salvadorian restaurants (double check to make sure they aren't dredged in flour).

If you tolerate non-gluten grains, rice flour and tapioca flour oven pancake/Dutch Baby hit the spot for me a number of times. This was actually my favorite bland food in deep morning sickness when I was able to convince myself to cook.

Gluten-free oats are an option too, I was lovin' the oatmeal.

Ethiopian food, especially the injera (soured flat bread made with teff flour) was a major craving for me too.

Great Harvest makes a pretty good gluten free apple bread, but it is pricey, and personally I'd worry about cross contamination in there until proven otherwise.



on November 02, 2012
at 08:15 PM

I am now in my second trimester and have been Primal the whole time. There were a few weeks I had an aversion to eggs (made me feel like I ate a sponge), but found that if I made them a small component in the dish, I was fine. I ate a lot of riced cauliflower, roasted broccoli, chicken, kefir, and bone broth on days I was feeling puny. This is the first pregnancy that I haven't been sick 24/7, downing a jar of Tums everyday. I'm not celiac, but am gluten sensitive and figured out a few months ago that the gluten was what caused my horrendous heartburn.

There have been days that I took chicken out of the freezer in the morning and by the time I got home to cook it, felt nauseous at the thought. I keep emergency protein on hand to whip up a quick meal when that happens.



on November 02, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I'm not pregnant, but I do have celiac disease. One thing I've added back to my diet was fermented rice/lentil idlis. I make a batch (which lasts for three meals for the two of us) once a week. They make me feel good, unlike many other non-gluten grains I've tried to add back. So if you're needing something easy to digest, gentle on the tummy, and sort of bready, they're a good bet.


on November 02, 2012
at 11:31 AM

I wasn't paleo when I was pregnant but I ha a huge aversion to grains at the time. I ate a lot of cassava (Goya sells it prepeeled and frozen if you need something quick) which I boiled big batches with onions and salted water and ate big bowls covered in extra virgin love oil and garlic. I also ate a lot of hominy grits with eggs. If you're celiac you should probably avoid corn but I highly recommend yucca/ cassava. It's creamy and delicious without having to add dairy.

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