We live in a world built on the vicious circle of procreation. Pregnancy is such a fascinating phenomenon that keeps the medical field with a big question mark along with so many unanswered gaps. Researches have been going related to expecting mothers or fetuses. These have led us to what we know now. In 2014, very interesting medical and health studies were published. Here is what they found out…
1- What if you eat nuts during pregnancy? Pregnant women who consume nuts frequently during their pregnancies have children with lower risks of nut allergies. Of course, mothers shouldn’t be allergic to nuts to be able to consume these latter with no adverse effect.
2- Mother’s milk can trigger food allergy reaction in babies! Studies have shown that mother’s milk can carry food molecules: food get absorbed in the guts and transferred to the mother’s milk. So, even if you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby, he can show signs of food allergies. This is the list of the most common food triggering such allergies: cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and berries.
3- Your milk depends on what you eat? It is sure that a mother following an unhealthy diet and who does not have enough stores in her body will produce milk with lower vitamins and minerals. Their milk might be specifically low in vitamins A, D, B12 and B6. What to do? It is very simple, keep taking your multivitamins while following a well-balanced diet.
4- What about caffeine? Studies showed that nursing mothers who take more than 5 cups of caffeine per day have fussier babies who are unable to sleep.
5- Few viruses can cross to human milk! Women who are HIV positive or have hepatitis C should not breastfeed their babies. These two viruses can cross to their milk. Also, a small cut on the breast or nipple can leak these viruses to the baby putting him at very high risks!