Early in pregnancy I remember reading an article in a pregnancy book or magazine about allergies and passing them onto baby. The interesting idea was that by frequently consuming the foods that many kids are intolerant to these days (nuts, soy, dairy, gluten) in the first trimester and avoiding these same foods in the third trimester would prevent baby from developing a food allergy. I don't remember what their reasoning was, but I can imagine it having to do with the rapid development in the first tri with all of the vital organs n' such and that maybe baby, upon eating these foods through ye ol' placenta, would build up a good system for them. With regards to avoiding those foods in the third trimester, well, who knows why.
So I brought this up with an allergy specialist who recently visited the pediatric clinic I work at. He asked me where I heard this information, and seemed to be looking for a specific name - since me saying "oh, I don't know, just read it somewhere" brought him to say, "where exactly?" He then stated that it was completely a false statement, and that allergies are specifically genetic. Fascinating! It's good to know that my daily dose of walnuts and almonds, as well as an every-few-days source of tempeh or sprouted tofu - are not going to cause our wee-baby to come into this world with soy and/or nut intolerance. At least, me eating these foods won't be the cause if they do have those specific allergies. Another interesting thought came from my husband. He is from Mexico and has lived in the states for about 5 years now. Something that confused him about our country is the increasing amount of food allergies - especially those to soy, gluten and peanuts. He asks me often why, in Mexico, they have never even heard of peanut allergies.
Phew. I hope you've been enjoying that sprouted-tofu covered pizza, those almond-quinoa waffles, the black rice-lentil-pinto bean patties, and that cashew ricotta tortilla pizza, baby Carrillo!
I'm almost 36 weeks pregnant, am feeling it more and more with every meal, every day, every night, every 15 minute prenatal weight lifting session in my living room, every 30 minute walk in the sun as I soak up the midwife-prescribed vitamin D, every 40-ish minutes of prenatal vinyasa yoga. I'm stretching, the weight of baby tugs on me ever so subtly. Baby twists and turns when I place books on my belly to read, kicks and pushes at the inside of my uterus while I work, and loves being active while I eat. Baby showers are joyous and a blessing, the baby closet is filling up with the hangers from the store still attached to blankets and bibs. The nursery is coming together with a crib, rocker and dresser with changing table. And Edu and I are so excited for the day we are blessed to be holding out little one in our arms. Praise God from whom all beautiful gifts flow.