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Pregnancy and Food Allergies

Many women, after discovering they’re pregnant, decide to change their diet. Whether it be the switch to making more nutritious meals or the push to eating fewer snacks, pregnant mothers are constantly looking for new ways to do what’s best for their babies. However, when it comes to mothers with food allergies, there are many hurdles in the way. Classic nutrient-packed foods like milk or fish may not be a meal-time option. For mothers with food allergies, getting those nutrients to their babies requires a little bit of thought and some helpful creativity.

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Gluten Allergy

Many people worldwide suffer from a gluten allergy. However, for expecting mothers, this can be especially difficult. Complex carbohydrates have proven to help pregnant mothers fight nausea and provide iron, and the vitamins found in whole-grain foods can be vital for the baby’s development.

Eat Instead: To replace the gluten-based foods you are missing out on, make sure to eat beans, edamame, popcorn, greens, and berries. Also, try any number of gluten-free bread options.

Milk Allergy

We are taught from a young age how important milk and dairy can be in our diets. As the old saying goes, “milk will help your bones grow strong.” However, for people with dairy allergies, getting their calcium from milk isn’t an option. That said, babies (and adults alike) do still need calcium for their bones.

Eat Instead: Other calcium-rich foods include spinach, kale, and salmon. Additionally, try drinking a glass of almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, or calcium-fortified orange juice.

Nut Allergy

Nuts are filled with nutrients. There are some great benefits to snacking on nuts while pregnant, from protein to omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and Zinc. However, nut allergies are amongst the most allergies in the world. Leaving any number of expecting numbers without nuts as a snack time option.

Eat Instead: Leafy greens can be a great source of minerals, and bananas are filled with potassium. Additionally, meat, cheese, and milk can be great sources of protein for the baby.

Seafood Allergy

Fish has always been a great source of lean protein. Meaning that for expecting mothers, fish has always been a healthy option for mealtime. However, when it comes to mothers living with a fish allergy, they need to find alternative protein sources.

Eat Instead: For a good protein source, lean beef and poultry are a safe option. Additionally, cherries, strawberries, broccoli, kale, and asparagus can be great sources of antioxidants.

Egg Allergy

Eggs are a great meal choice for expecting mothers. Eggs can help with brain development, growth, and even with the prevention of congenital disabilities. Given this, mothers with food allergies require great alternatives to help ensure the health of their babies.

Eat Instead: Soybeans, turkey, and cashews are all great sources for choline, helping the baby grow and develop. Additionally, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and poultry can all serve as smart and healthy protein alternatives.

Pack Your Own Food

Being pregnant comes along with several changes to your body. Not only are you growing, but your hormone levels are changing drastically, and there’s no telling which of the many ways you will react. For some, this may result in the change of their food allergy. As you begin to navigate yourself through your pregnancy, make sure to be handling all of your food on your own. Knowing exactly what’s going into your body can help you feel comfortable and confident in your diet. Additionally, make sure to have a meal plan for the hospital. While most hospitals should be able to accommodate your food allergy, make sure you have a plan set in place both with yourself and your doctor.

EpiPen

Most people living with food allergies are given an adrenaline device – often called an EpiPen. While using the pen is a worst-case scenario, it is important to know the correct protocol for pregnant women. Make sure to meet with your doctor and discuss the proper plan of action when using your EpiPen during pregnancy.

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Conclusion

Food allergies have become a worldwide epidemic, affecting all kinds of people all over the globe. For many women, this raises several concerns when it comes to their pregnancies. Being pregnant requires a woman to follow a strict diet to ensure that her baby receives the nutrients they require. However, for women with food allergies, this can pose quite the problem. Being pregnant with food allergies requires a mother to develop a little bit of creativity regarding her meals. Finding healthy alternatives allergy-safe can be hard, but having food allergies does not come at the cost of having a healthy baby.

Sources

Using a Food Diary to Track Your Food Allergies
Talking to Your Child About Food Allergies
 

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Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

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We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

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April 2016

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Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

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