Spring Pregnancies Linked To Allergies?

The season you concieve in may indicate whether your child will have food allergies


 

Does the timing of your pregnancy indicate whether your child will have food allergies? It might, according to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. According to the research, when a child is in the womb during spring, they may be more likely to have a food allergy.

The research comes from a Finnish study looking at just under 6000 children born between 2001 and 2006. The results showed that one in 10 children whose 11th week of development in the womb occurred in April or May were more likely to end up with food allergies. More specifically, children whose first three months in the womb ended in April or May were found to be three times more likely to be allergic to milk and eggs than those who reached the same stage of development in November or December.

Beyond the possibility of your child developing food allergies, the time of year will also play a huge role in your own comfort while pregnant.

If you happen to be pregnant in the spring for example, allergies may likely play a role. But there are a few things you can do to help alleviate discomfort and all of that pesky sniffling and sneezing. First off, consult your health care practitioner before taking any medications – some allergy medications or treatments might be fine to take during pregnancy while others will not.

Once you have all the information you need about medication, try some of the following tips:

  • Check pollen levels before you leave the house (The Weather Network is a good place to look) and limit your time outdoors when levels are at their highest.
  • Keep your windows closed so you’re not inviting pollen into the house.
  • When you do go outside, have a spare set of clothes waiting for you when you walk in the door so can take off your (likely) pollen-covered clothes before you get all the way inside.
  • Avoid hanging sheets and clothes outside to try since they can easily pick up pollen.
  • Get a paper mask (available at most hardware stores) to wear while cutting the grass or gardening.

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