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Mediterranean Diet: Prenatal Benefits?

Study Suggests Diet by Pregnant Moms Can Reduce Allergy Risk for Their Kids

Safe for Pregnant Women?

But it is not clear if eating a largely plant-based diet, with protein derived mainly from fish and eggs, is a good idea for pregnant women and their unborn babies.

A 1994 study found that pregnant women who followed the diet got only about a third of the daily recommended intake of iron.

Greer says the single best thing an expectant mom can do to reduce her child's risk for allergic disease is to plan to breastfeed exclusively for at least four months.

That was the main recommendation of the AAP nutrition committee in its new guidelines for preventing allergic disease, released just last week.

"The best evidence we have says breastfeeding helps protect high-risk children against asthma and allergies," he says.

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