Never during a single one of my pregnancies did a doctor even suggest that what I ate made a difference for my baby beyond keeping my own body in good health. Which is why I was surprised to learn about the latest research about maternal diet during pregnancy and its possible impact on children developing food allergies. The Research - Pregnancy Diet and Allergies
My youngest child is 2 years old (one of our children who has severe food allergies), so the research in this year and last year suggesting that eating more of the common allergens can help prevent allergies is too little too late. And I honestly hope they continue to do more research.What Did I Eat While Pregnant?Once I heard about this research I spent some time thinking about my diet. Our oldest four children are all allergy free. Three out of our youngest four have severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. Did I eat something different with the younger ones?
Not that I remember.
But honestly, I don’t eat a lot of peanut butter. I don’t hate it, but it is not my favorite food either. It would be entirely possible for me to go without eating peanuts for 9 months and not even notice.Lesson - We Still Have a Lot to Learn About Food AllergiesOne of the hard things about research like this is that it is often too late to help kids who already have food allergies. I would have eaten peanuts every day if it would have helped protect my kids from food allergies. Most mothers I think would go to great lengths to do anything possible to give their children the best life they could.
Maybe more research will prove that this really does make a difference. Maybe not. In the meantime, we keep doing everything we can for our kids.What About You?What about you? Do you remember what you ate while pregnant? Was it different between different kids? Does there seem to be any correlation to their food allergies? Will this impact how you eat during your next pregnancy if you have another child?
I would love to get as many responses to this as possible - let's do our own mini-research.
Did you eat the top 8 allergens while pregnant? Think the research saying it might matter could be true?