Food allergies during pregnancy

How to mange them

Pregnancy does all sorts of funny things to your body, and if you have allergies, you may find your reactions are different for a while.

Thanks to changing levels of hormones, your symptoms may be worse than usual - or (ideally!) a bit easier.


The most important thing is to tell your midwife about allergies when you visit for your booking appointment and make sure it’s recorded in your pregnancy notes. 

Take your own food

When it comes to the birth, you may want to take your own food into hospital - at least until the hospital kitchens can accommodate your needs. 

Adrenaline devices 

If you have an adrenaline device, like Epipen or Anapen for emergencies, chat to your allergist about the best way to use it during pregnancy.    

Reactions to food 

If you have a diagnosed food allergy, or you’re restricting your diet because of a food intolerance, you may need to be creative about eating a healthy pregnancy diet. 

If you’d like help crafting a great new, baby-friendly diet, you can ask to be referred to a dietician.    

If you think you may have a food allergy or intolerance, speak to your healthcare professional before changing your diet. If you have a medically diagnosed food allergy and are concerned that you may not be getting all the nutrients you need during pregnancy then talk to your midwife or doctor. Depending on your allergies, you may be referred to a dietician to help support you in your choice of alternative foods which will provide you with the nutrients you and your baby need. 

Food allergies during pregnancy