Hi and welcome back to LivingCoeliac!
I am so excited that it is 2021, even if we are in yet another lockdown. I hope you are all staying safe and keeping well over this tough time.
This year is very exciting for me because I am pregnant! My coeliac pregnancy journey has been difficult, with miscarriages and fertility issues which meant I was told it would take months – years to conceive. I was crushed when I heard that and felt like all hope had gone from me. If you are feeling like this, or have felt like this, sending massive hugs your way.
We moved into our new home in July 2020 and soon after I found out I am pregnant. It has been an emotional rollercoaster but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am now at the end of my second trimester and I am due
So I thought I would use my first blog back to share my pregnancy journey during my 1st trimester, share my pregnancy cravings with you and some tips on how I have been coping with the bloat and morning sickness and cravings as a coeliac,
I hope you enjoy this blog. If you want more blogs on this topic, please let me know in the comments below. Chrissi -x-
My Coeliac Pregnancy – 1st Trimester Symptoms
Ugh! I think that pretty much sums up how I was feeling during my first trimester. It was not only the lack of coffee, high levels of caffeine are not recommended in pregnancy, so I cut out all caffeinated coffee when I found out I was pregnant.
It was rough. I was exhausted and going through a caffeine withdrawal at a time when I REALLY needed a coffee. It really did make me realise just how much caffeine I was consuming. I switched to decaff coffee but it just doesn’t quite cut it.
Now, I went into this a bit naïve, assuming it would just affect me in the morning. How wrong I was. I felt nausea all the time. I could barely keep anything down and really struggled during those first 16 weeks (my morning sickness continued into my second trimester too).
I was quick to search for any methods of relief from the nausea but had no success with travel sickness bands or . In fact, I found they made it much worse.
The only things I found that made me feel better was to nibble of Haribo Tangfastics or the Tesco gluten free gingerbread cookies or the Fodilicious Cookie Buttons in Ginger Crunch whenever I started to feel queasy. You can find my review on the Cookie Buttons here if you are interested. My only advice to you if you are suffering with this to nibble on little things and get as much rest as you can.
Okay, I was not expecting this when I found out I was pregnant. My bloating was so bad I looked like I was carrying twins.
The pain was excruciating and I felt so uncomfortable all the time. I found myself constantly feeling like I had been glutened and feeling run down and sad most of the time. I found myself sipping on peppermint tea (when my stomach could manage it) as well as nibbling on dry ginger biscuits, toast and water when I could.
What I learnt from my first trimester is that, while it can be tough, getting as much rest as you can will definitely help you out. I was still working 40+ hours a week as well as rushing around when I got home, feeling rubbish and wondering why I had ever wanted this in the first place.
It wasn’t until I saw my midwife and my other half pretty much forced me to sit and relax, that I started to feel better. I was so worried about something going wrong that I kept myself busy. Re-taking up crochet really helped me to sit and rest but while also dealing with the high levels of anxiety during that time.
My Coeliac Pregnancy – 1st Trimester Diet
My cravings in my first trimester, despite the morning sickness and bloating, were very similar to what I currently enjoy – just with minor additions. I have always enjoyed cheesy scrambled eggs on toast but I really noticed myself enjoying this breakfast when I could. I also couldn’t resist adding extra tomato ketchup too!
My second big craving had to be tuna mayonnaise sandwiches with added tomato ketchup, SOunds a bit weird but it tasted so good to me at the time. Now, I am less keen on adding tomato ketchup but this was another go-to for me during those first few weeks.
My last big food craving has to have been Haribo Tangfastics. They were the only thing that really settled my stomach when I felt so sick. I had gone through packs of them by the end of these first 12 weeks and while I still love them now and keep them on hand, I don’t need them as much as before.
I couldn’t discuss my diet during my first trimester if I didn’t talk about all the foods I now couldn’t stand. My big one had to be jalapenos. I used to love eating spicy food, adding these to my pizzas, on a cracker with cheese or even on my Risottos but now I couldn’t.
I have always loved spicy food as an adult so this one really shocked me. I found that even the Chicken Korma (the least spicy curry dish ever!) was too much for me.
Other foods I started to avoid include basically anything my other half enjoyed which did make life interesting. Whether it was a bag of sour cream and chive crisps or lime and coriander poppadoms (my other half is NOT gluten free) or even when he would enjoy a glass of alcohol I found myself retching and hiding away from him. He had to start having a breath mint all the time.
So there you go! A life update and the announcement that we are pregnant with our first child! My first trimester may have been difficult but it has been part of the best journey possible and I look forward to what comes next.
Please let me know if you want more content on pregnancy, my diet as a coeliac and how I am taking care of myself. I would love to share more with you and I hope you are excited about it too.
I know we are in another lockdown, so please stay safe and look after each other.
Let me know what other blog posts you would like me to write and share.
Speak to you next week.