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Pregnancy and Arsenic Exposure

Anna Romans's picture

I'd like to know what the safe amount of arsenic exposure is during pregnancy. Are women with celiac more at risk of pregnancy complications due to the high amount of gluten free rice products they consume? If yes, how much higher is the risk? Perhaps a prospective study using dietary questionnaires comparing celiac vs non- celiac pregnant women could provide data on the different levels of exposure. Urine or blood samples could also be collected from the two populations to see how much more arsenic celiac women are being exposed to. Outcomes could then be observed and compared. There are likely many other relevant questions here but I'm currently pregnant and don't want to read too much literature about this.

During my first trimester all I ate was rice cereal, rice crackers, rice noodle bowls, etc. as it was the only thing that sounded good. Then I recalled hearing about arsenic in rice products, read what I could online, and quickly tried to cut out nearly all rice products from my diet. Based on loose recommendations I found online I decided to reduce my rice consumtion to 1-2 servings per week. It's put a lot of extra stress on me to find alternative products and meals. Being strictly gluten free and pregnant comes with enough dietary restrictions and removing rice has made it much more of a challenge. It's a small price to pay if it makes a difference but I really don't know if what I'm doing is necessary or not. 

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