The Impact of Undiagnosed Celiac Disease in Women


Celiac disease occurs in about one percent of the world’s general population. Approximately eighty percent of people with celiac disease are undiagnosed. Celiac Disease may cause symptoms to some and none to others. Celiac disease may also come to you later in life.

It has been discovered that this disease can become active in women after pregnancy or childbirth. Many women have healthy pregnancies and later deal with multiple miscarriages and pregnancy complications.

Undiagnosed celiac disease in women can lead to symptoms that can cause damage to women physically and emotionally.

Symptoms Prior to Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

  • Pregnancy complications
  • Preterm delivery
  • Stillbirth
  • Miscarriage
  • Low birth weight of baby
  • Has to do caesarean delivery
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Reduced duration of breastfeeding
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Early menopause
  • endometriosis
  • osteoporosis
  • spontaneous abortions

There is evidence of reproductive-related consequences linked to CD. Pregnancy complications in undiagnosed celiac disease have been linked to studies that show vitamin and mineral deficiencies that occur when the absorbing lining, called the villi, in the small intestine is damaged through exposure to gluten.

Read this story about a woman who had no idea she had celiac disease then suffered multiple miscarriages and finally had a baby with a low birth weight.

“Of all the consequences of undiagnosed celiac disease, the stillbirth of a child or a miscarriage is particularly devastating. Sadly, I know from personal experience. That’s why getting out the word about a study like this, especially to young women and their doctors is so important. I didn’t want anyone to have to suffer what I suffered,” said Bast, founder and CEO of Beyond Celiac.


Women’s Health and Celiac Disease

Women with infertility had 3.5 times higher odds of having celiac disease. If a woman is having reproductive problems or pregnancy complications it is important for the doctor to consider testing for celiac disease.

Although undiagnosed celiac disease can cause symptoms like early menopause and stillbirths, managing a gluten free diet will take away all possible symptoms.

A gluten free diet has no more risk of reproductive problems than women in general.

If you are interested in more information on this topic, see articles from Beyond Celiac or Gastroenterology Nursing.

You may have recently found out you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. You are starting to realize the fact you now have to follow a strict diet that contains no gluten. If it comes down to having reproductive problems and managing a gluten diet the right choice is obvious.

Finding tasty gluten free food can be stressful and difficult. At Gluten Free Nation we have the best gluten free bread that is light and moist. We also have yummy pie, cookies and muffins you’ll love. Shop today!

Gluten Free Nation provides a gluten free halloween candy guide.Wow! Time has flown by. The boys are back in school and I had my baby…it was a girl! YAY!

I am finally getting back into the swing of things and having somewhat of a schedule. It seems like forever since I have written a blog post and it feels good to write again.

The seasons are changing and like many of you, my favorite time of the year is fall. Ahhh… the leaves changing, perfect temperature, PUMPKIN EVERYTHING and yummy smelling candles.

My children like this season for a completely different reason. HALLOWEEN of course!

Are you new to learning about managing a gluten-free diet? Do you have a child that has celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? With fall here and Halloween just around the corner most kids are thinking about what they want to dress up as and of course about the best part – the CANDY! With a child on a gluten-free diet the thought of what candy is gluten free cross parents’ mind.

Great news! There are many kinds of candy that caters to the gluten-free crowd.

Gluten Free Candy Guide

Here is a list of popular candy handed out during trick-or-treat that are gluten-free.

Select Hershey Kisses are gluten free.Hershey

– Almond Joy bars

– Heath bars

– Hershey Kisses (milk chocolate, special dark, Hugs, pumpkin spice, carrot cake, meltaway, and deluxe)

– Hershey Nuggets (milk chocolate, milk chocolate with almonds, special dark chocolate with almonds, extra creamy milk chocolate with toffee and almonds)

– Milk chocolate bar

– Milk Duds

– Mounds bars

– PayDay Candy (all)

– Reese’s Pieces (except unwrapped minis and seasonal shapes)

– Rolo Caramels

Jelly Belly

All Jelly Belly beans are gluten free.

Kids trick or treatingSmarties

All Smarties products are gluten free.

Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Roll products are gluten free.

– Sugar Daddy

– Tootsie pops


Baby Ruth


– Wonka Pixy Sticks

– Butterfinger bars

– Laffy Taffy



– 3 Musketeers bars

– M&Ms (except pretzel, crispy and holiday)

– Milky Way Midnight and Caramel bars

– Snickers bars

Mars does not list specific gluten free candy. They encourage reading the labels.Any proteins and cross-contamination risks are listed on packaging in plain terms (like wheat, barley, and rye instead of less recognizable names), so they are easy to spot.

Wrigley's Starbursts are gluten free.Wrigley

– Skittles

– Starburst

The majority of Wrigley products are gluten free. Some ingredients may vary between regions.

Always be Cautious and Read Labels

I listed the most popular candy that you will see during trick-or-treat that are gluten free. If the candy is not on the list READ THE LABEL. Look for the certified gluten-free symbol. Also look for the allergens list. Mars, Hershey, Nestle and Wrigley do not list top 8 allergens on their label so you will have to read the ingredients.

Common Ingredients with Gluten in Product

Candy label showing ingredients– Barley

– Barley malt

– Brewer’s yeast

– Bulgur

– Durum

– Farro

– Graham flour

– Malt

– Malt Extract

– Malt Flavoring

– Malt Syrup

– Matzo

– Rye Flour

– Wheat Flour


Now you should be somewhat knowledgeable about what is safe to eat when it comes to a gluten-free diet. If you are unsure, read the label or DON’T EAT IT!

Phew! That was a lot of information to take in. Besides knowing what kind of candy is gluten free, I think it is also important to know gluten free treat options to have after returning from a long cold night’s walk.

Gluten Free Nationhas my favorite gluten free Pumpkin breadand gluten free pecan pie. The pumpkin bread is so moist and the pecan pie has that unexpected richness you wouldn’t think gluten free treats would have.

Don’t forget to order your gluten free pumpkin bread or gluten free pecan pie and enjoy it with hot apple cider or a fresh cup of coffee.


Gluten Free Nation makes rich gluten free pecan pie. Gluten Free Nation makes moist gluten free pumpkin bread.

Are you looking for gluten-free school lunch ideas? If you are a parent with a child who has celiac disease or gluten sensitivity you already assume your child will not be able to purchase lunch at school. It seems to always be difficult to find something gluten-free for your kid to eat, whether it is at a restaurant, a birthday party, family gathering or school lunch. Although many schools have added gluten free meals to the menu, there are still schools that have not jumped on the “band wagon”. It is also questionable whether schools have followed rules and restrictions to prevent cross contamination.

Today I am going to give you a variety of fun gluten-free lunch ideas that your child will love and you will enjoy making.

Lunch #1: Sunflower seed butter, apples, gluten free pretzels, gluten free mini chocolate chips, gluten free chewy bar and a deli sandwich on Gluten Free Nation’s gluten free burger buns.

All kids love the combination of ham and cheese for a sandwich. Pair it with Gluten Free Nation’s fluffy gluten free burger bun. Your child will love finishing the meal with dipping apples and pretzels in sunflower seed butter and chocolate chips.

Lunch #2: Cheese and gluten free crackers, grapes, carrots, gluten free veggie dip and Gluten Free Nation’s gluten free lemon pound cake.

Gluten Free Nation makes the most refreshing gluten free lemon pound cake. Add a slice to your child’s lunch for the perfect treat to end the meal. Gluten Free Nation also makes gluten free dairy free pumpkin bread.

Lunch #3: Fruit skewers with dairy free vanilla yogurt, gluten free crackers, hummus and Gluten Free Nation’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

What is not to love about this lunch pairing? Children love to eat pretty much anything on a stick or that involves dipping and licking! Cut up any kind of fruit to dip into the dairy free vanilla yogurt. Add a couple of Gluten Free Nation’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies for their dessert.

Lunch #4: Deli and cream cheese rolls, ants on a log (celery with natural peanut butter/ sun butter and raisins) and Gluten Free Nation’s gluten free blueberry muffin.

Make a deli sandwich with a twist. Roll the meat and cheese up in a cream cheese gluten free tortilla shell. Then slice it so each piece looks like a pinwheel. The ants on a log make eating fun while still providing your child with nutrition. The gluten free blueberry muffin will take care of your child’s sweet tooth.

It is POSSIBLE to pack tasty gluten free lunches for your child. The gluten free diet is only becoming more popular. Keep an eye out for other gluten free lunch ideas.

If you happen to try one of Gluten Free Nation’s tasty treats or gluten free bread, let us know what you think on our Facebook page! Don’t forget to #Glutenfreenation

The past seven months have been a rough season in my life. It seemed as if everything was happening to my family all at the same time. We decided to give up our business of three years…which was hard to let go of, but a good thing now looking back.

I started working for a company where I could work at home part-time…which is great.

School was about to start.

We sold our house…and were living at my grandmas at the moment. On top of that, we found the house we wanted to call our new home, but it was in bad shape and needed many repairs to be move-in ready.

I also found out I was pregnant…yay!

Everything seemed to be so overwhelming and nothing in our life was steady.

My kids seemed to constantly annoy me. I also cried a lot.

Although, the past seven months were challenging, I could say that the day I went to the doctors with my son Graham was a different kind of challenging.

That was a CHALLENGING Day that hurt my heart.

My middle son Graham had been experiencing symptoms for awhile now and my husband and I decided to address it with our doctor.

You never think that something could happen to you until it does.

For the past year maybe, Graham has been feeling different symptoms occasionally, but never consistent. He would randomly get headaches, stomach pain and diarrhea. As a parent I never want my kids to have pain or experience anything unpleasant.

All I can remember was walking out of the doctor’s office slightly overwhelmed and confused from all the information thrown at me.

The next week we were getting Graham tested to get diagnosed so he could receive the proper treatment.

All tests came back normal – meaning he has no autoimmune disease.

  Our doctor wanted us to go on a gluten-free diet to see if symptoms would decrease by eliminating gluten. He felt that Graham might be sensitive to gluten.

Are you a mom with a child experiencing similar symptoms as my son Graham? Your child could have an autoimmune disease like Celiac disease, or just gluten sensitivity. According to Beyond Celiac, other symptoms could include bloating, nausea and joint pain. Learn about other possible celiac symptomsor non-celiac gluten sensitivity symptoms.

Hello! I’m Maggie! I live with my family in Hartville, Ohio. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Bo. We have 3 adorable little rascals and one on the way. Lawrence, Graham and Conley.

If you ask me about my normal day routine, I am probably off soaking up hugs, watching my all-time favorite show, avoiding laundry, going over our family budget, looking at Pinterest or trying to focus on work.

I strive to celebrate motherhood.  My blog is called Home Sweet Gluten Free Home because I want my posts and style of writing to make my readers feel like they are my girlfriends, who are coming over with their younger kiddos on a weekday to try and enjoy a cup of coffee and talk about our hectic lives while our kids are running around making the entire house a wreck! I also wanted to have a place for moms to go who are experiencing a situation similar to my own.

I love making our house a home. I have a passion for design and giving my husband DIY projects. I love being creative and making spaces have the perfect touch of style and personality. I LOVE to bake and try new recipes. I love shopping. I love planning activities and making things extra special.

I LOVE being a wife and mom…and all our adventures.  I love the triumphs and setbacks. All the laughs and tears. Some days can be so overwhelming, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love Jesus…my Christian faith…my family and my friends.

As a woman and a mom, I have discovered the desire we have for community, support, inspiration and encouragement. My hope is to connect with my readers and always put my heart on my sleeve.


Eggs Benedict – Poached Eggs with Hollandaise Sauce, cream cheese, arugula, fresh pepper and Smoked Salmon on a Gluten Free English Muffin. Perfect for healthy breakfast.

This  is easy–try it with one of our Gluten Free English Muffins, a poached egg, a little slice of smoked salmon, cream cheese, arugula, and a jarred hollandaise sauce (check the ingredients!)  Virtually no cooking and absolutely delicious.


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Gluten Free Stuffing

Makes One 13 x 9  inch pan

Make the mix the day before you’re going to use it.  If you make it earlier, freeze until ready to use.

Make a loaf of GF cornbread using your favorite mix (such as Bob’s Red Mill).

Get a loaf of GF white or millet bread (about 18 oz.) (use any good quality GF bread).

Cube the loaf of bread.  Spread the cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet.  Toast the cubes at 350F for about 8 – 10 minutes.  Take the cubes out of the oven, and let cool.

Crumble the loaf of cornbread in a large mixing bowl, and add the bread cubes.  Combine thoroughly.  Add seasonings such as salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and/or Italian seasoning to taste.

Follow these directions:


8 tbsp butter or margarine

2 cups Celery, diced thin

1 cup Onions, chopped

4 cups Chicken Stock

5 ea Eggs, beaten

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste


Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat
  3. When butter is melted, add onions and celery and sauté until soft (about 7 minutes)
  4. Meanwhile, pour stuffing mix into buttered 9 x 13 casserole dish
  5. Spread vegetable mixture over stuffing mixture
  6. Add stock, mix well and season with salt and pepper
  7. Add eggs and mix until incorporated
  8. Bake for 30-45 min or until stuffing is set and golden.

Please keep stuffing mix frozen until ready to use.


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