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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Coeliac check opened the door to parenthood for couple

 

Happy family: Ann Marie Bradley and her daughter Emily (11). Photo: Gerry Mooney
Happy family: Ann Marie Bradley and her daughter Emily (11). Photo: Gerry Mooney
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

Women struggling to conceive have been urged to consider testing for coeliac disease.

AnnMarie Bradley (47), from Celbridge, Co Kildare, and her husband Christopher (48) spent almost a decade trying for a baby but were devastated by two miscarriages.

"I never thought I'd become a mother," Ms Bradley admitted. "I was just heartbroken."

Her GP tested her for the autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to gluten and it was found she was a coeliac.

"A year later I was pregnant with my son. Being a mother had been everything I'd wanted," she said.

Cameron is now almost 16 and his sister Emily is 11.

The Coeliac Society advised women to consider testing. The Gluten Free Living Show 2018 will take place on October 6 at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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