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Mother’s intake of omega-3s and probiotics during pregnancy may reduce child’s allergy

In one of the largest research reports on diet during pregnancy among 15,000 women, doctors found that those who took omega-3 fish oil supplements beginning at 20 weeks pregnant and continuing through the first four months of breastfeeding gave birth to children 30 percent less likely to have an allergy to eggs. Peanut allergies were even less likely: 38 percent lower in children whose moms took omega-3s compared to those whose mothers did not.

Doctors also studied probiotics. Women who began taking probiotics at 36 to 38 weeks pregnant and continuing through the first three to six months of breastfeeding gave birth to children 22 percent less likely to develop skin allergy (eczema) compared to women who did not take probiotics. Avoiding potentially allergenic foods such as dairy, eggs, and nuts did not make a difference in the children’s chances for allergy.

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