Expectant Moms Who Consume Walnuts, Fish, Flaxseed And Other Foods That Contain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Also Known As PUFAs, May Deliver Babies Who Later Have Fewer Allergies And Better Immune Systems.
Expectant moms who consume walnuts, fish, flaxseed and other foods that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, also known as PUFAs, may deliver babies who later have fewer allergies and better immune systems.
Expectant moms who consume walnuts, fish, flaxseed and other foods that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, also known as PUFAs, may deliver babies who later have fewer allergies and better immune systems. The study, published in the Journal of Physiology, studied piglets. Although their intestinal system is similar to a human's, more research on humans needs to be conducted. Still, this research supports other current research that had concluded that what a mother eats during pregnancy affects her baby's future health.
The new study suggests healthy oils consumed during pregnancy can lower the chances of allergies that lead to skin disorders such as eczema and upper respiratory infections during infancy. Eating a Western diet during pregnancy contributes to higher rates of infant allergies because it alters the way a baby's gut develops. Adding PUFAs during pregnancy made the gut healthier in baby pigs studied and better able to produce antibodies, say the researchers. (Source: EmaxHealth)“The end result is that the baby's immune system may develop and mature faster - leading to better immune function and less likelihood of suffering allergies," said Dr Gaëlle Boudry, of the INRA research institute in Rennes, France. Hopefully, researchers will continue to investigate the connection between an expectant mother's diet during pregnancy and her child's health. So far, the connections appear strong, which is a good reminder that women aren't actually eating for two and what they consume does matter. More on diet during pregnancy High fat pregnancy diet might increase baby's future chance of developing diabetes Does eating junk food during pregnancy make your child more likely to eat junk food? What your eat during pregnancy affects your baby's future eating habits