May 30, 2009

A series of lasts

My dairy, egg, and peanut-free diet starts Monday, June 1st which is approximately 8 weeks before the next baby arrives. I am 'cleansing' my body of allergy foods as to not have any of those 'bad' proteins in my system before I start breastfeeding again. Since you can never really predict a baby's arrival I decided to have a large cleansing window just in case. I found research saying that the cow's milk protein can remain in your system for up to 3 weeks, although most of my research just says one week. Really no one knows.

And really, this all may be pointless. The next baby could have no food allergies at all. Or the next baby could be allergic to soy and fine with cow's milk. Hard to make a prediction, so for now, this is my plan. I will eliminate all egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts from my diet now and for the first couple months of breastfeeding. I will then challenge the baby to each item individually looking for a reaction. With my daughter she had stomach problems, gas, and spit-up within 2-12 hrs after eating a 'bad' food category. Her major symptoms were eczema and bloody stool but I hope to never see either of these in the next baby.

So for the past two weeks I have been indulging in EVERYTHING!!! My Ob appointment on Monday may show a bit of weight gain. LOL

Here is a short list of some of my indulgences:
Ben and Jerry's ice cream
key lime pie
cheddar biscuits from Red Lobster
Macaroni Grill's chicken calzone
Olive Gardens's egg plant parmesan
cheesy rice and bean burritto from Taco Bell
chicken quesadilla from Moe's Southwest Grill
lemon ricotta pancakes
Skyline Chili's cheese coney
chocolate milk

Did I make you hungry?


Rose said...

(HUGS) and good luck! Just out of curiosity are you doing this to prevent an allergy? Or to make sure you aren't dealing with a sick/colicy baby in the beginning? I ask because I researched this when pregnant with my second. The latest findings say that there is no proof changes in a mom's diet have any effect on a baby getting/not getting an allergy. The AAP recommends eating normally until something is proven to cause problems for your specific child.

My second ended up having totally different issues then my first so I was glad I hadn't tried to avoid anything specific.

Food Allergy Assistant said...

Good luck. It's hard to know what to do. My first child- no food allergies. My second- lots of food allergies. I ate the same way during both pregnancies and while nursing.

If I'd had the food allergic baby first though, I think I'd do what you're doing and cut out some foods.

Keep us posted!

By the LOL- "cakelint" was my word verification for this post. Can you eat that?

Maleah said...

Thank you for the encouragement.

No, I am not doing this to prevent an allergy. For all I know this next kiddo may be allergic to an entirely different set of foods. I am just hoping to not have a baby that cries and screams (ie colicy) the first week or two. I am fully prepared to go on a true elmination diet if need be.