Celiac disease concerns among pregnant women revealed

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Celiac Disease among pregnant women

A new study focuses on concerns among pregnant women who have celiac disease. Researchers studied more than 300,000 pregnancies to find 892 women who were suffering from celiac disease. Their goal was to determine if the condition led to complications associated with carrying a child.

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Pregnant women diagnosed with celiac disease were compared to pregnant women who did not have this illness in a study from the University of Nottingham. After examining a variety of conditions ranging from stillbirth to preeclampsia, the researchers discovered that celiac disease did not lead to a greater number of complications in the pregnant women. However, they noticed a slight increase in postpartum hemorrhage in some women who had been diagnosed with the condition.

The research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology does not have an explanation for why some pregnant women with celiac disease experienced postpartum hemorrhage at higher rates, and this is an area that will require more studies. However, researchers still believe the current study should encourage patients and medical staff because most women did not have any type of complications.

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Celiac disease affects both men and women, but research on the condition during pregnancy has been limited. It is estimated that 1 in 133 people in the United States suffers from this autoimmune disorder. There have been studies in the past that showed infertility linked to celiac disease in some women, and they questioned the role of the condition during pregnancy.

Most medical professionals recommend staying on a gluten free diet during the pregnancy and after the child is born. However, it is important to consult a doctor before considering pregnancy if you suffer from celiac disease. Each person’s condition is unique and may require a special approach that could differ from conventional ideas.

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