Celiac and Gluten Miscarriages

Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Maybe you have already suffered a miscarriage - even multiple miscarriages. At Braverman IVF & Reproductive Immunology, we are dedicated to helping people like you fulfill their dreams of raising a family. If you've already suffered a one or more miscarriages, you probably feel hopeless and frustrated. We understand. There are many causes for recurrent pregnancy loss. If you've lost more than one pregnancy, you may have gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

About Celiac Disease and Gluten

Celiac disease is a disease that involves the digestive system. Simply put, celiac disease prevents your small intestine from properly absorbing nutrients - primarily gluten. Gluten is a protein found in many foods, including:

  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Malt
  • Wheat
  • Soy Sauce
  • Soups
  • French Fries
  • Pasta

Additionally, medicines, vitamins lip balms and other everyday products may contain gluten. If you have gluten intolerance and eat a food that you are allergic to, your body may respond by damaging the villi in your small intestine. Villi allows your body to absorb nutrients; without them, you will become malnourished. Thus, celiac disease is a malabsorbtion problem and an immune-related disease.

Celiac Disease, Gluten and Pregnancy Loss

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance may contribute to pregnancy loss. One of the most frustrating things about multiple miscarriages is that problems related to fertility are extremely complicated. According to scientific research, gluten intolerance, celiac disease and pregnancy loss may be related. In the past, patients who are allergic to gluten or have celiac disease may be able to prevent miscarriage by avoiding foods and products with gluten.

If your past miscarriages are related to celiac disease, treating the disease and identifying other associated conditions may help to prevent future pregnancy loss or other infertility issues. Evidence suggests that women who are gluten intolerant are far more likely to experience pregnancy loss than women who are not allergic. It may not only be the Celiac disease that is the problem, as the genetics present in Celiac disease also predispose these patients to other autoimmune issues that can lead to pregnancy failure.

Additionally, the general health and side effects related to celiac disease may make it difficult for a woman to become pregnant or carry a healthy baby. If you are gluten intolerant or have tested positive for celiac disease, call Braverman IVF & Reproductive Immunology. We are ready to develop an effective miscarriage treatment plan so that you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy in the future. Contact us as soon as possible to set up an initial consultation so that we can talk to you about your options; Dr. Braverman is ready to help.