Changing diet w/ pregn. #2. What effects did this have?

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 4:40am
M. Mariano's picture
Joined: 04/30/2007 - 09:00

I've seen in many signatures that many of you have more than one child. Some of the signatures read that both of the children are allergic (due to genectics), others with multiple children read, NKA for child #2. My question is did you remove the things #1 was allergic to in your diet with prgnancy #2? What was the effect? I also realize that some people got pregnant before they even knew about #1s allergies. Now that I have decided I want a 2nd, I'm seeking multiple perspectives on whether or not avoiding, dairy, egg and nuts (thing DD #1 is allergic to) will have an impact on #2. What are your experiences? Thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 4:46am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

We didn't find out that our eldest was allergic to more than milk and soy until our second child was a year old (Jason was 3 1/2 by then), so really I didn't do anything different. With my third and fourth pregnancies I eliminated tree nuts and peanuts in the third trimester, but the jury is still out on if that made any difference.
I've got 4 kids... I've got 2 with food allergies, 2 without. History of allergies, asthma and eczema on both sides of the family.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 4:55am
JacksonsMom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

Yes, I did avoid certain things during my pregnancy with #2. Child #1 has PA/TNA/Soy/Sesame and legume allergies. During my pregnancy with #2 I completely avoided all nuts. Was advised by allergist to avoid eggs in the 3rd trimester (however I have to admit I wasn't as good about this). I did eat eggs occasionally baked in things and even had scrambled eggs a few times.
When #2 was born I breast fed exclusively and went on a strict elimination diet (no nuts, seeds, or eggs). At 4 months of age #2 was diagnosed with egg allergy per skin testing. She continued to have 'mystery hives' and at 9 months she was also diagnosed with a dairy allergy per CAP RAST test. At that point I also removed dairy and soy from my diet and continued to breast feed exclusively (meaning no formula) she did eat food!
Today child #2 is 18 months old and still dairy and egg allergic, we are having her retested the end of the month to see if her numbers have dropped at all. From the beginning her levels for egg and milk were both very low - class 1 and 2, so we are hoping she'll outgrow. As far as nuts, well she's never been exposed that I know of. We have a nut free home and never go out to eat. I pray that she doesn't develop a PA/TNA also, but what can we do...
Just a wait and see.
I don't know if any of this will help you or not. I do wonder if I'd been better at egg avoidance during pregnancy if she would not be egg allergic. It would have been nearly impossible to go dairy free and still have a balanced diet. I learned that the hard way while nursing and avoiding everything, it was really difficult. I did manage to BF DD #2 for 13 months. Now #2 is on Neocate , and doing well, however it costs a small fortune!
Good luck to you, I will be interested to see what others have to say on this topic.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:25am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

I knew about my DS food allergies peanut and treenut (all) before I became P with DD. We also have a very strong family history of allergic disease including other children in our family with multiple food allergies.
I completely avoided all nuts and sesame throughout, at the start of my third trimester I eliminated all dairy, egg, fish and shellfish - including may contains and processed on.
DD was bf and nutramigen (hypoallergenic)supplimented exclusively until 6 months. She did start having some severe vomiting about a month after starting solids, and I had her blood tested for the top 20 all was negative except slightly elevated # to egg. However I am fairly certain she has FPIES Food protien induced enterocolitis to rice cereal. The symptoms are very specific - severe vomiting ~ 2hours after eating. It is non Ige so it doesn't show on the blood tests.
However she is so young and hasn't had most foods yet so it is really too early to tell for her. Since the FPIES is allergy related I am very worried she might end up with Ige food allergies.
It was extremely hard for me to decide what to eat or not eat with all of the various studies. I am now having a very hard time deciding what solid foods to intro to her and when. Best of luck!
DD ????

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:48am
SydNoahsmom's picture
Joined: 03/01/2007 - 09:00

My DD was 2 1/2 when we found out about her allergies... my son had already been born and was about 9 months old at the time... so both pregnancies were essentially the same. I ate peanut butter like it was going out of style with BOTH pregnancies (we had no inkling of food allergies at the time and my OB suggested peanut butter for protein).
So daughter is allergic to peanut, tree nuts, eggs, ?soy and has moderate-severe asthma. Son has no known food allergies at this time and is allergic to penicillin. He has been tested once for food but was negative- he will be tested again in a couple of months and then taste challenged if he is still negative.
Honestly I feel like no matter what DD would have allergies. I think it comes down to genetics. DH came out with horrible allergies about 3 years ago and is on daily medication year round for them (all environmental). I've started to have awful seasonal allergies in the last year. We have also found out that food and environmental allergies are prevalent in my extended family and environmental allergies in the inlaws. So I feel like it was inevitable... just wish it wasn't to this extent.
Best of luck with Baby #2! [img][/img]
Mom to:
Sydney 4 1/2 Allergic to: Egg, Peanut, Tree Nuts, soy, environmental/seasonal and asthma
Noah 2 1/2 allergic to Penicillin

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 8:53am
booandbrimom's picture
Joined: 08/23/2000 - 09:00

Well, I didn't avoid pb with my second, but I probably ate it less simply because my first is allergic and I didn't have it in the house.
My daughter has NKAs. Son is allergic to milk, soy, peanut, beans and peas.

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2007 - 1:46pm
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I asked the same questions with #3 and #4...both times the doc said to avoid peanuts and tree nuts, but he'd rather I get the benefits of milk rather then avoiding. I never was a big egg eater either, but didn't avoid...not sure why they all are allergic to those(I blame hubby's Atkins diet, honest). I wish they would do some studies to show if avoiding helped or not. Just be careful, if you start depleting your body of nutrients, that's not good either. Get opinions from allergists, nutritionists and OB's....good luck!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2007 - 2:25am
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

1st son was diagnosed with PA/TNA at 12 months. I did avoid ALL peanuts/tree nuts, contains, etc. during 2nd pregnancy 4 years later (EASY because our house was nut free). My 2nd son is 6-1/2 and no food allergies (mild seasonal environmental, however).

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2007 - 6:57am
hapi2bgf's picture
Joined: 04/22/2004 - 09:00

I didn't eat nuts or gluten with the second child. Both of those were found after the birth of the first child.
The second baby always "flipped out" in the womb when I got glutened during the pregnancy. I believe that is why she was a little early - I was having a gluten reaction.
The second child has a milk allergy, possibly shellfish, and carries the celiac gene.
The only real difference in the pregnancies is that when nursing the first child I constantly ate peanut butter, granola bars, foods with nuts. Needed the calories - I was sick with undiagnosed celiacs. The first child has the nut allergy.
With the second child I drank and ate tons of dairy products. Smoothies, yogurt, cheese, you name it and I ate it. The second child has never been able to tolerate any milk. Always supplemented on Soy formula. Just recently we found out how serious the milk problem is for her.
So IMO, have a healthy pregnancy, but eat everything in moderation. The only things i ate excessively, my kids are allergic to.
Best of luck

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2007 - 7:26am
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I agree with happi2bgf - anything in excess is BAD!!
I honestly believe that is why my son is allergic to peanuts - I ate PB in excess while prego.
Have a blessed day,

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2007 - 11:29am
SpudBerry's picture
Joined: 07/23/2002 - 09:00

My guys are twins so I didn't do anything different during their gestations [img][/img] But I thought I would just add that I did eat a TON of pb while nursing the boys - doctor recommended for added protein to my diet while nursing. If I were to ever do the pregnancy thing again (not gonna happen!) - I would certainly stay away from the pb.


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