Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
I’m not pregnant yet (still TTC), but I worry about combining all my food allergies (fruits, vegetables, almonds, pistachios, anaphylactic to watermelon, mildly lactose intolerant, and more) with all the foods you shouldn’t eat when you’re pregnant and all of the aversions to food you develop when you’re pregnant. Bees with food alergies, how did you survive pregnancy?! What did you eat?
Edit: I also worry that my allergies to nutritious foods will cause a baby to be unhealthy or even prevent me from getting pregnant! Anyone with a similar difficulty?
Post # 3
I think as long as you take a prenatal and make the healthiest decisions (based on your available diet) your baby will grow just fine. The prenatal is key in making sure your baby has nutrients that you may not get from your everyday diet.
Your doctor will be able to help you with things you can and cannot eat. I know there are TONS of recommendations on what NOT to eat – It’s quite intimidating but I wouldn’t worry too much without talking with your OB first.
I followed all the rules at first but became really slack and baby is growing fine! I have eaten deli turkey several times a week throughout my pregnancy with no issues, I’ve had caffeine daily (after the first trimester) and I’ve even splurged here and there and had raw sushi. For me, its all about moderation when it comes to the things you “aren’t supposed to have” as well as making sure things are stored and prepared properly.
Post # 4
I’m allergic to gluten and the hardest part was not being able to eat egg rolls or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich whenever I wanted to 🙂 My OB closely monitored my Vitamin D and iron to make sure that I was okay in those areas, so while I had a couple of additional blood draws it wasn’t that different. You do have to fight through the aversions, but find what you can eat and keep plenty of it around even if you literally are eating the same thing over and over again. I went through a 96oz jar of peanut butter about every 10 days because I was eating an apple with about 1/4 cup peanut butter 1-3x/day.
Don’t worry about the “can’t eat” list yet…just work with your doc and see what will work for you.
Post # 5
I am EXTREMELY lactose intolerant (but for me I could take Lactaid pills and be fine), which my doc said I could continue taking.
In actuality, while pregnant, I’m no longer lactose intolerant. It’s totally weird, but I don’t need the pills anymore.
Post # 6
@morkiemama: This happened to my SIL too! She is very lactose intolerant normally but isn’t while pregnant. Both pregnancies she has been able to have dairy.
Post # 7
@totheislnds: it’s so strange! and GREAT! I can save money on my lactaid pills, at least for awhile!
Post # 8
i have a lot of food “intolerences” and my body is not reacting the same way as pregnant vs w /out. example – i have a high intolerence to yeast, but lately, bread and bagels have been my bff and i have not been getting the same symptoms as i normally would (gassy, bloated etc). Same with lactose. Basically – the things you have allergies too not pregnant, may not be an issue while you are. Don’t worry about it until you get to that point!
Post # 9
I agree with PPs who recommend a good prenatal vitamin. In fact, its probably a good idea to go ahead and start taking one now if you havent already. I am also mildly lactose intolerant while not pregnant but since I have been pregnant, I can enjoy dairy without lactaid. Our bodies are truly amazIng at making sure our babies get what they need. Good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
Thank you all! I totally forgot that allergies and intolerances often change when you’re pregnant! I’m much less worried now.
Also, I was taking a prenatal vitamin but was getting nauseous because of the iron in it. My doctor told me to juts take normal vitamins and a 1mg folic acid supplement. He was most concerned about the folic acid, and not so much about the other vitamins since I take them as supplements already.