But even without a medical diagnosis of an allergy or intolerance, some people have chosen to eliminate gluten from their diets just because they say they feel better when they avoid gluten-containing foods. Though there haven’t been robust studies of how gluten-free diets may effect pregnancy and childhood development, rest assured that by working with your practitioner to ensure you can easily plan a healthy pregnancy diet that ensures you’re getting all the nutrients you and your baby need without gluten. Here’s everything you need to know about following a gluten-free diet during pregnancy.
The Nutrition Basics
Eliminating grains from your diet means cutting out a major source of B vitamins (including folate), fiber and important minerals (like iron and zinc) — all of which either occur naturally or are added during processing. Fortunately, many gluten-free foods offer these and other nutrients, so don’t stress about filling your plate with foods you can’t stomach. What’s more, a standard prenatal vitamin is your insurance policy to ensure you get all you need and more. Still, it’s worth making an extra-special effort to get plenty of the following nutrients during pregnancy: