Friday, 16 April 2010

Mother's Diet Affects Newborn Allergy Risk

Eating lots of vegetables and fruits during pregnancy is associated with lowering the chance of having a baby with certain allergies, study findings from Japan suggest.

The study found that babies born to women who ate high amounts of green and yellow fruits and vegetables, and those rich in beta carotene, had a reduced risk of being born with eczema, a condition that cause the skin to become itchy, dry, reddened and cracked.

Furthermore, foods high in Vitamin E, found in some green vegetables, were similarly found to lessen the risk of having a wheezy infant.
Study Details
Researchers evaluated vegetable and fruit intake during pregnancy of 763 women and their offspring's early-age eczema or allergic wheeze.
The women were 30 years old on average and about 17 weeks pregnant when they reported personal and medical history. When their babies were between 16 and 24 months old, the women provided birth and breastfeeding history, number of older siblings, and exposure to smoke.
The team found that 21 percent of the youngsters wheezed or had a "whistling in the chest in the last 12 months," and fewer than 19 percent had eczema.
According to the investigators, moms who ate greater amounts of green and yellowvegetables, citrus fruits, or beta carotene while pregnant were less likely to have an infant with eczema.
For example, after allowing for other eczema risk factors, eczema was more common among infants of moms who ate the least versus the most green and yellow vegetables - 54 and 32 infants, respectively.
Likewise, higher intake of Vitamin E during pregnancy was associated a reduced likelihood of having a wheezy infant.
The researchers said that increasing intake of green and yellow vegetables, citrus fruits, and antioxidants such as Beta-carotene and Vitamin E among pregnant women "deserves further investigation as measures that would possibly be effective in the prevention of allergic disorders in the offspring."
This study supports previous and on-going research that eating foods rich in vitamin and minerals, like those found in fruits and vegetables, during pregnancycan go a long way in preventing children from developing allergies.
Breastfeeding is another way to ensure your baby receives the most wholesomenutrition possible. Breast-fed babies are typically born with fewer or no allergieswhen compared to their formula-fed counterparts. Breast milk contains all the required nutrients crucial for healthy growth and offers protection against infections and diseases, which bottle-feeding does not provide.
Research Paper Details:
Miyake Y, Sasaki S, Tanaka K, Hirota Y. Consumption of vegetablesfruit, andantioxidants during pregnancy and wheeze and eczema in infants. Allergy 2010.


Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

salaam alaikum,

Thanks for sharing! As a pregnant woman I know how important it is to eat a healthy diet and to get as much nutrients as possible. As a fruit and vegetable lover im happy alhamdulilliah that my taste buds didnt change during pregnacy, isntead my love for fruit and veggies increased!

Kasia said...

salaam aleikum!

first of all, thank you for passing by and following. i hope, you'll enjoy your stay on my page, in sha2 allah. :)

i'd also love to say THANK YOU for sharing infos about the fruits & vegs. though there's not too much time left in sha2 allah, i'll try to remember everything that's been said here.

and finally, i saw a post here, about your reversion to islam. can't wait to read it, will do that tomorrow in sha2 allah.

hope to be visit you again asap, in sha2 allah. :))

Xenia said...


So happy you liked the post! :)
Alhamdulillah! I wish I could also say that I have a taste for fruit and veg but I am afraid this is not the case. Great news Mashallh for your pregnacy. May Allah(swt) bless you with a little bundle of joy (healthy and pious, pleasing to Him and you.) Continue with the healthy diet.

Xenia said...


MashaAllah love your blog already! and thanks for following mine :)

Do your best InshaAllah and may Allah give you a healthy pregnancy ameen.