leaky gut and pregnancy

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I have a child with a lot of food allergies, I am also sensitive to many foods like dairy, beef, soy, corn ect.
My mom has celiac. I lost a baby at 23 weeks of being pregnant due to Hydrops fetalis 2 years ago.
Due to this, I got depressed. Now am better and decided to help myself through nutrition and excercise.
I am in a gluten -dairy free diet for the last 2 months.
I am pregnant like 5 weeks but I wonder if I have leaky gut and if I can get treatment for it during pregnancy.
Can I have enzymes? What kind? What else can I do to make sure my next child doesn’t have food allergies?
I will really appreciate advice.

About beautiful mom

Conditions: Not sure right now

Doctors seen: Naturopath

Treatment: Vitamins, herbs, and/or supplements, Gluten free

Children: 1

Age: 35-44

beautiful mom

1 Answer


If you have a leaky gut during pregnancy, the best treatment is to avoid potential food allergens or intolerances to help decrease any inflammation produced by damage to the GI tract. Common food allergens or foods that are known to aggravate a leaky gut are gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs. Generally it is safe to avoid these foods in pregnancy as long as you are maintaining appropriate levels of vitamins and nutrients appropriate for a growing fetus. Folate is especially important and needs to be supplemented in a good pre-natal vitamin to make sure there is enough for proper neural development in the fetus.

In regards to supplementing certain products for treating leaky gut during pregnancy, most supplements used for leaky gut are avoided during pregnancy due to lack of evidence of potential harm to the fetus. Some supplements such as licorice (or DGL) should definitely not be used in pregnancy. Enzymes that are given to help with digestion of food have the potential to alleviate inflammation in the GI tract during pregnancy. All supplements should be monitored by a physician during pregnancy to avoid any unwanted side effects.

If you are concerned that your child may be predisposed to food allergies, the best way to help reduce the likelihood of them developing allergies is through diet modification. If you (the mother) have certain food reactions and you are eating those foods while you are pregnant or nursing, then you have the potential to pass on your immune markers to your child which may cause them to have reactions to the same foods. Also, if you do not have reactions to certain foods, but your child has a predisposition to acquiring reactions to those foods you may want to eliminate those certain foods during pregnancy and nursing. For example, if you are afraid your child may develop an allergy to dairy, you may want to avoid dairy in the early stages of development so they are not exposed to it at an early age. This may help decrease immune response to those foods. Some conditions though, such as celiac disease, may be unavoidable, even with dietary changes. For these children, it is important to incorporate dietary changes for the entirety of life.

Jenny Bennett, ND LAc

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Answered on July 2, 2014

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