, that is fantastic news. I hope it is smooth sailing from here for you.
Litmama, I am gluten intolerant and have been off it for a few years now. The funny thing is I seem to be able to tolerate it better when pregnant. I have no idea why. If I have it I don't have an immediate reaction, but I will feel uncomfortable, tired and eventually have a very upset stomach (nausea and diarreah).It is unpleasant. For years I battled with bloating and tummy upsets, which all resolved after giving up gluten, and then going paleo and giving up most grains (I occasionally have rice). I feel so much better all round.
After my second miscarriage I had loads of blood tests and learned that I have a raised ANA, which essentially means there is a high possibility that I either have an autoimmune disease,or I will get one. I do wonder if I am celiac (which is autoimmune), because although I had an inconclusive blood test, I didn't have the biopsy, which is the real way to find out. I did have a raised count of antibodies, but not high enough apparently. I read that book by Dr De Beer and he suggested that even small intolerances,particularly to gluten, can cause issues for miscarriage, so I am staying away from it.
However, I think that if it is important to you to enjoy your grandmother's recipes, then you should have the occasional birthday cake.
I would like to hear more about the anti-histamine protocol too. I often have allergic hives (I can't pinpoint why) and wonder if my body is rejecting fertilized eggs too ( believe it produces histamine to do this?I am vague on the details).
I have many symptoms during many of my tww's. I have been pregnant 9 times (5 healthy babies) and I think I have a good idea of when I am pregnant, so my theory is that we are hitting the egg most months, but the quality of the eggs (or embies) is poor and they don't implant. Although many people say you can't have symptoms until implantation I have read that the fertilized egg gives off a hormone that can give you symptoms. I wonder if my body is rejecting fertilized eggs because of allergies or intolerances, but my gut instinct tells me it is just the age of my eggs, and that if I keep trying I might chance upon a healthy one. That is why, although I have periods where I can't be bothered and want to give up all the hard work, I keep on taking supplements, eating well, exercising and doing acupuncture. Until I stop having AF, there is still a chance.
At my last visit to my TCM lady, she commented that my energies were the best I have ever had (perhaps because I'd just returned from a relaxing 2 week vacation). Although she will never say "I think you will get pregnant", she seems to hint that there is still a good chance it can happen.
Stevi, it is nice to see you on the thread. How are you? Where are you on your ttc journey. LAst time I saw you on the thread you were giving up. Are you looking into adoption?
Good luck to everyone