Coeliac disease and pregnancy

Coeliac disease and pregnancy

Pregnancy is an important time during which women with coeliac disease should be regularly followed up.

The advice for someone with coeliac disease is the same for any woman who is pregnant. All women should take a folic acid supplement (400ug a day) prior to conception and until the twelfth week of pregnancy to help protect against neural tube defects.

If I breastfeed, is there any risk of the baby developing coeliac disease?
Previous research in this area has suggested that breastfeeding may offer some protection against the development of coeliac disease. However, results from a more recent large scale study showed that breastfeeding does not reduce the risk of coeliac disease. Research in this area is ongoing.