Feeding Your Fetus Can You Prevent Allergies for Your Baby?
During pregnancy, every mother-to-be is concerned about her weight and her food intake. One important question that not all pregnant women consider, however, is if the pregnancy diet can predispose a growing baby to food a
llergies. This is an important question, and one that can certainly impact a child's life.
Research has conclusively proven that a baby has a 30% chance of developing allergies if the mother has allergies, and a 60% chance if both parents have allergies. If both parents have the same allergy, such as asthma, then the risk grows to 80% for the baby. There is no hard evidence that diet during the early stages of pregnancy has an impact on the growing baby, but there is evidence that diet and activity during the last three months of pregnancy may help to prevent allergic problems from developing in the baby.
Therefore, it is certainly beneficial to understand these findings for pregnant women and for prenatal care that can impact a baby's potential for allergies.
An Apple a Day or More
Believe it or not, a new study suggests that eating apples while pregnant may actually protect your baby from developing asthma and similar symptoms. Researchers from the Netherlands and Scotland led by S.M. Willers of Utrecht University tracked the eating habits of 2000 pregnant women and then checked the lung health of 1,253 of the subsequent children. What they found is quite surprising. The children of moms who ate four or more apples per week were 37% less likely to have wheezing problems and 53% less likely to have asthma. The results were specifically related to apples, and not tied to fruit in general or to fruit juices. Researchers speculate that it may have something to do with the phytochemical content, such as flavonoids, in apples which have been proven to have a positive influence on adult lung function. So, reach for those apples during pregnancy and enjoy!
Research results are consistent on the potential harm that peanuts can have for allergy-prone babies. If a mother is prone to allergies and there are already allergies such as eczema and asthma in the family, then research does show that the baby's chance of having a peanut allergy increases with the quantity of peanuts the pregnant mother eats. If your family is already prone to allergies, then peanuts should probably be avoided during the later stages of the pregnancy.