One core philosophy of natural medicine in prevention…so when it comes to allergies, asthma and eczema, there are a few things that can be extremely beneficial to future children of parents that suffer from any of these illnesses. In the US an estimated 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, causing 9 people in the US die every day. The yearly cost of treating allergies and asthma is estimated at 21 billion dollars. The chances of passing one of these diseases to your children are very high. If both parents suffer from just one allergic disease, the child has a 75% chance of developing them. If only one parent has any of these allergic diseases, than the child has a 50% chance of developing one of them.
The good news is that these illnesses are highly preventable during pregnancy. To prevent these diseases in your children there are two natural medicines that I believe every pregnant woman should take, not only to decrease the chances of allergies, asthma and eczema, but also to increase your future babies’ immune system, brain development and skin health.
The First one is Probiotics; mothers who took Probiotics daily throughout their pregnancy decreased their children’s incidence of allergies by 40%. Probiotics are easy to take, I recommend taking at least 10 billion live bacteria a day. I recommend two brands, Jarrow and Pharmax (no affiliation with either company) which can usually be done by taking a single capsule a day. Probiotics also help a mother’s immune system function better so your chances of getting sick while pregnant are decreased.
The Second nutrient is omega -3 fatty acids, aka fish oil. The America diet is very deficient in omega -3 fatty acids but by taking 900mg of omega 3 fatty acids a day, you can reduce your child’s chances by 30%. I prefer Nordic naturals Pro Omega (no affiliation) just two capsules a day provide 1200mg of omega 3. I recommend up to four capsules a day in the last trimester to also help with brain development. If you or your loved one suffer from allergies, asthma or eczema and want to prevent this in your children, take these two recommended nutrients along with a good prenatal to reduce the chance of your child developing these diseases by up to 70%. If you or your child already suffers from asthma, allergies or eczema and you are looking at holistic or natural options give us a call at 303-688-6698 and make an appointment today by clicking HERE.