Burgers, Baby!

05.02.11 A mom-to-be forces herself to live on Big Macs due to food allergies

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All pregnant women want to eat well for their babies' sakes, right? But what if you were required to avoid all nutritious items in order to keep your baby safe?

A mom-to-be in Britain decided to only eat McDonald's Big Macs during her pregnancy due to her severe life-threatening food allergies, ABC News and British media sites report. Suzanne Franklin's doctors warned her that her allergies would likely worsen in those nine months if she didn't avoid her trigger foods. Plus, antihistamines to control those allergies would harm her baby.

"It was Big Macs, three meals a day for nine months. And hold the pickles, lettuce and cheese because she is allergic to them, along with vegetables, milk, peanuts and dozens of other foods," according to the ABC News article. Plus, no eggs and no fruit.

Health experts quoted in the ABC News article agree that food allergies during pregnancy can be a serious problem in some women, which require necessary changes in prenatal diet. However, the experts said that Franklin's all-meat diet seemed too extreme.

The changes worked out fine for Franklin, though: She delivered a 10-pound, 2-ounce baby boy named Harry in December. Don't forget, a study recently discovered that eating beef was actually good for your baby.

Whether you're a vegetarian or a meat-eater, shifting the way you eat during pregnancy can give you more of the nutrients you and your developing baby need. Check out our Flexitarian Diet page for recipes and a three-day meal plan to satisfy the needs and palates of all moms-to-be.

If you're expecting and have allergies other than food ones, browse through our Ask the Experts section for insights on how to keep the allergy sniffles at bay.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.