Are you gluten free? Did you have any unexpected changes during your pregnancy(ies)?
Let me offer a disclaimer now, I’m just me and this is my story. I’m not a doctor, a medical professional, a nutritionist, etc. All thoughts are solely mine. Anything that you might choose to do during your pregnancy or life related to your health and food is your responsibility alone and consulting with a doctor/medical professional/or nutritionist is recommended.
Whew… but you never know….
This pregnancy has made me get in touch with my gut and my mouth. I’ve learned very early on what I can and cannot eat. It’s been humbling and heart warming. It’s been painful and eye opening. I’ve had to take a serious look at life, at my food, and at what I want in my body and around me. Plus, who I want to be- for me, for my Scott, for our Susanna, for this little one inside, and perhaps even for others.
Backtracking… I went gluten free about three or four years ago to try it, because a friend and I chatted and I decided from that conversation and my own research that I might have a gluten sensitivity. I never met with a doctor, medical professional, or nutritionist. I took myself off of gluten during the summer, right after school ended, and observed my body. I listened to it, I watched it change, and I felt good. Really good.
I stayed gluten free until the start of the next school year and teacher workday breakfasts. I found it challenging to eat GF and sought the community of others. Community and eating have always been a challenge for me. I chose to eat “gluten light” (my own phrase) for the next year or so, but again, struggled at times when out and about or with family who didn’t understand and ate differently.
Back to the present… During the first few weeks of this pregnancy, I felt like crap. I wasn’t sure if it was a combination of hormones, emotions, worries, other internal and external stresses, or food. After the weekend with Scott’s parents visiting, I realized it was food. I thoroughly examined what I was eating, what I ate, and what caused me the most ick and pain. Everything returned to gluten-based foods.
Crud. Boo. Duh.
I decided I had to go gluten free for the remainder of this pregnancy and beyond. It’s not easy, but my ability to function as a human was severely impacted. I was in pain and I didn’t want to do my “jobs” as Mom and Wife. All of my normal fun times were also limited because I felt like crud. Crud. Something had to go.
I could continue on in misery and be a “cruddy” (in my own judgmental perspective) me, wife, and mom, but I didn’t want that. I wanted my body to be healthy. I wanted to enjoy the pregnancy. I wanted to enjoy time with my Scott and our Susanna in our beautiful coastal Washington town. I wanted to soak in life and celebrate, as opposed to looking back and being whiney with bad memories. I wanted to be able to tell my future child, “I listened to my body and put you and health first.”
So the gluten free pregnancy journey is underway. It’s going quite well. My body is a ton happier. My energy levels are up. My gut no longer cries. I no longer want to lay in bed in agony at the end of the day cursing myself for eating food that I knew wasn’t best.
It’s likely easier because we’re not traveling and eating on the road a lot, but even when we do, I’ll find a way to eat gluten free. My body needs a different experience than gluten.
I’ve noted that I will be gluten free beyond the pregnancy. That’s my intent. These 9 months are a point of change, a point of calling into action what needs to be done. It’s awesome.
There are still some things I need to work through mentally on acceptance, but that’s life. A few heart-to-hearts with myself and it’ll be done.
I’m not sure how much of this I’ll document, but I’m open to it if others want it documented more. Just shout or let me know.
What foods did you crave or not during your pregnancy(ies)? Did you notice any changes in how you ate during or after your pregnancy(ies)?