A Gluten Free Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

Well, here I am in the midst of my second trimester already. Many women attest to this trimester as their best - increased energy, not too much discomfort, and little to no nausea. I have to agree. I am continuing with dance classes (albeit at a slower pace and sans booty and hip shaking), I can sleep pretty well without having to reposition the belly too much, and I pretty much can eat all day long. I should really apologize to my cubicle neighbors for the constant crunching, chewing, and nibbling coming from my neck of the woods throughout the work day. I can't help it!

With this being the season of giving thanks, I am feeling especially thankful for the little butterball growing inside me.  A recent study found that women with celiac disease had significantly more problems related to fertility and pregnancy than a control group of women who did not have the condition. This speaks to a need for increased awareness amongst physicians about the association between celiac and fertility. I personally know several women with celiac disease that have experienced fertility issues - myself included early on before my first pregnancy. Even though I am six years older than I was during my last pregnancy (and considered "advanced age"), I feel just as strong if not stronger and healthier now than I did then. I attribute that in large part to the gluten free diet.

So now that I am a non-stop eating machine as the baby is in the midst of his or her second trimester growth spurt (we are not finding out the gender), here are some of my favorite gluten free and dairy free go-to nibbles throughout the day.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Nibbles

Breakfast:

  • Eggs -  Scrambled or hard boiled. Either way, it's a great source of protein and oh so easy to make!
  • Hot Cereal - Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal sprinkled with flaxseed meal is filling and a great alternative to cereal, Gluten Freeda's flavored oatmeals are yummy too, if you can do gluten free oats
  • Nature's Path Organic Buckwheat Wildberry waffles - Van's are good too, but these are absolutely scrumptious!

I make smoothies when I can (Jamba Juice has a few gluten free and dairy free options), but these are all quick starters before a work day. On weekends, I still opt for pancakes (Richard Walker's now has gluten free pancakes - yeah!) or my son's favorite - Fluffy Fall French Toast.

Snacks and Heartier Fare:

  • Fruit, Veggies, and Hummus: I try to get in several fruits and veggies throughout the day. Tribe and Sabra brand hummus are great for dipping celery and carrot sticks.
  • Popchips are a lighter, gluten free alternative to potato chips, although I regularly succumb to Reduced Fat Ruffles and Donkey tortilla chips....any gluten free chips, really. Add spinach artichoke dip to
  • Riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps - I am ADDICTED to the Salsa Fresca and Sweet Chili flavors. They do have a little kick, so I sometimes cut them with a mixture of the sea salt rice crisps. I will never miss Doritos again, because I swear these are the gluten free, less processed alternative.
  • Roasted nuts - Almonds, pistachios, and cashews are a great snack to nibble on in between meals.
  • Fruit snacks: Mott's and Welch's are two gluten free brands that are good treat when looking for something chewy and sweet.
  • Gluten Free Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter - Kinnickinnick's Smoreables and Schar both make delicious but slightly different gluten free graham crackers. I spread a little peanut butter on them and sprinkle a few Ghirardelli or Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips on top. Delish!
  • Coconut Yogurt: So Delicious makes a variety of gluten free and dairy free coconut yogurts - I am partial to raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry banana flavors.
  • Canned Soups: I'm all about convenience nowadays to help make life a little easier. Amy's brand, Gluten Free Cafe, and Kettle Cuisine make some delicious gluten and dairy free soups - Lentil Vegetable, Chicken Rice Noodle, and Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables are a few favs. Progresso also makes some gluten free options.

Are you eating gluten free for two? If so, what are some of your gluten free go-to foods during pregnancy? I'd love to hear from you.

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