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Health Information For Parents
I’ve heard that if I avoid some foods during my pregnancy, like peanuts, I can help prevent my child from developing food allergies later. Is this true? – Marlee
At this time, doctors do not recommend avoiding particular foods during pregnancy to prevent food allergies. Studies have not shown an effect when mothers avoided foods during pregnancy, even those with a family history of allergies.
The key to eating right during pregnancy — and making sure that your baby gets the nutrients to grow healthy and strong — is to eat foods from the different food groups (grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, milk, meat, and beans) and to get more nutrient-rich calories than before. Pregnant women need about 300 extra calories a day, especially later in pregnancy, when babies grow quickly.
It’s also important to avoid certain foods that can be harmful to a developing baby. Talk to your doctor about what foods are best for you and your baby.
Studies are ongoing to see if eating particular foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding could offer some protection from food allergies.
To eat well during pregnancy, your extra calories should come from nutritious foods that contribute to your baby’s growth and development.
Learn which nutrients you need while pregnant or breastfeeding, and easy ways to add them to your diet.
Find more than 30 articles in English and Spanish about all aspects of food allergies in children.
During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it’s essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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