Gluten is by no means evil, but if someone is sensitive to gluten, then it can hinder their fertility and has been linked to recurring miscarriage. I first gave up gluten at the suggestion of my acupuncturist 9 months ago. After removing it from my diet, I noticed a big difference in how I felt, how I slept, and how much energy I had. Giving up gluten is not easy because it’s an all-or-nothing game — you can’t kind of give it up, you have to eliminate it completely. I also have a condition called PCOS, and for some reason, gluten tends to exacerbate issues associated with this syndrome. Although I know gluten isn’t great for me or my fertility, I have been adding some gluten back into my diet typically when we go out to dinner or when we’re travelling — it’s just easier than bringing food with me, trying to order something at a restaurant, or feeling guilty that I am not eating something at someone’s house. Going forward, I will re-dedicate myself to a gluten-free lifestyle. I feel better when I am not eating it and believe that it will help me get and stay pregnant.
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