Maternal diet during pregnancy: An emerging risk factor for childhood asthma

Graham Devereux*

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Evaluation of: Willers SM, Wijga AH, Brunekreef B et al. Maternal food consumption during pregnancy and the longitudinal development of childhood asthma. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 178, 124-131 (2008). It has been hypothesized that the recent marked increase in the prevalence of asthma may, in part, be a consequence of changing diet. There is increasing interest in the possibility that childhood asthma may be influenced by maternal diet during pregnancy and an increasing number of studies have highlighted associations between childhood asthma and maternal intake of certain foods (e.g., fish, fruits and vegetables) and nutrients (e.g., vitamin E, vitamin D, zinc and polyunsaturated fatty acids) during pregnancy. Maternal diet during pregnancy has the potential to influence fetal immune and airway development during a critical period of life with long-term irreversible consequences, such as childhood asthma. Further research, particularly intervention studies, needs to be carried out to establish whether dietary intervention during pregnancy can be used as a healthy, low-cost, public-health measure to reduce the prevalence of childhood asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-668
Number of pages6
JournalExpert Review of Clinical Immunology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • Childhood asthma
  • Diet
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acid
  • Pregnancy
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E


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