Going gluten-free (even if you don’t have celiac disease) has a number of benefits—from helping mothers-to-be maintain blood sugar levels to providing their baby with the necessary micro- and macro-nutrients—a gluten-free diet helps women have a smoother pregnancy experience.
If you’re interested in going gluten-free as well, but aren’t sure about what you’ll gain from it, here’s the gist of why you should eat gluten-free during your pregnancy!
It May Reduce the Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes
A common problem among pregnant women, gestational diabetes becomes worse if you stick to a high-carb diet.
However, if you follow a gluten-free diet—one that is made by a reliable health and wellness coach—you can have your share of superior carbohydrates and additional minerals and vitamins, without worrying about your sugar levels rising excessively.
It Can Help You Avoid Heartburn and Constipation
Constipation and heartburn are two of the most common complaints during these nine months, and that’s largely due to not being able to control fiber intake.
A gluten-free diet resolves this issue by plying us with food that moves along through our intestines with ease, such as split peas, lentils, pears, artichoke hearts, broccoli, flaxseeds, chia seeds, raspberries, and more.
It Gives Your Baby All the Folic Acid it Needs
While you might be taking natal vitamins and folic acid, they can’t replace the folic acid you’ll get from a natural source.
Synthetic folic acid is converted into a biological form before it’s absorbed into the body. However, you lose a lot of folic acid during this conversion, and that leads to a deficiency.
But with a gluten-free diet, one rich with lentils, asparagus, spinach, beans and more, your baby gets a heaping amount of natural folate, which helps in its development.
It Gives You Iron
Most gluten-free food is rich in iron, something you need a lot of during pregnancy. Rather than going for any source that offers fortified iron—something your body will not be able to absorb more than 20 percent of—opt for food that allows your body to absorb more iron.
Foods such as beef, eggs, fish, chicken and clams havea high absorption rate, ranging from 15–35 percent.
It Keeps You Healthy Overall
Processed gluten-free ingredients such as potato flour, cornstarch, and sugar raise blood sugar, far more than your average gluten-containing products. So keep your diet limited to true gluten-free ingredients such as berries, eggs, wild salmon, seeds, green vegetables, lentils, beans, quinoa, nuts, poultry, organic meats and more for most pre-natal benefits.
It’ll keep you healthy and strong as well.
Ready to Start Your Gluten-Free Journey?
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Book an appointment with Fertility Wisdom and Wellness and let’s begin our 9-month gluten-free course the right way!