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#1 of 2 Old 06-07-2012, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
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So I have a lot of theories and very little actual knowledge about how our bodies interact with certain foods.  I am a bit of a nutrition nut and do tons of reading on diet but have no real known allergies to speak of.  My issue is that twice during this pregnancy I have broken out in an itchy rash around my mouth and I'm assuming it has to do with something I've eaten, the strange thing is I haven't eaten anything that's outside of my normal diet.  It's primarily on my upper lip, slightly bumpy but not really red or aggravated skin and slight bumps around the corners of my mouth.  Both times it happened after eating Thai food so I'm suspecting maybe coconut or peanut oil they use for cooking.  I believe kinda kooky things like you have cravings depending on what baby needs and, for instance, if you have type A blood and do great as a vegetarian but your baby is a meat-eating type then you will crave meat.  I know SO many vegetarians that HAD to have meat during pregnancy and ended up with meat-loving babies.  During pregnancy with my son I didn't crave meat at all and now have a healthy 5-year-old boy who's tried meat two or three times at my urging but refuses to eat it.  We've really tried to allow him to choose for himself and to teach him to listen to his own body, and that different people's bodies have different needs.  I eat meat and fish when I crave it but am predominantly vegetarian.  His father eats low on the food chain or what's local.  Son wants nothing to do with any of it and thinks I'm 'mean' for eating fish.  Anyway, has anyone heard of allergies becoming apparent during pregnancy?  I'm tempted to do an elimination diet to figure out what I'm reacting to as I've never had anything like this before and it's really uncomfortable.  

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Allergies can appear, change or go away with pregnancy. If you are thinking it is something in the Thai food, I would find out if they use refined peanut oil or a cold processed (I would assume the later if they use a peanut oil at all because that would have the flavor in it!)  If they do but it's refined, I would look elsewhere as refined peanut oil is so highly refined it is *typically* tolerated by people who have an actual (IgE) peanut allergy.

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