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Preventing Food Allergies during Pregnancy
Food allergies in children get lots of attention, so if you’re pregnant it’s natural to wonder about the potential harm to your unborn child.
There’s no conclusive evidence that restricting food during pregnancy prevents a food allergy in the child. It is not recommended to restrict your diet while pregnant. Babies born to mothers who have restricted their diets during pregnancy often have lower birth weights.
There is also no strong evidence that eating known allergens like milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews), fish (pollock, salmon, cod), soy and wheat while breast-feeding causes food allergies in the child.
For more information on food allergies and pregnancy, consult a registered dietitian in your area and learn more about A Healthy Start.
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Reviewed December 2012