Allergies and Pregnancy

Hi everyone,

I'm 27 and have severe allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and stining insects. My nut allergy was adult onset and happened when I was 15. I have had 3 traumatic instances with food allergies in my life and it makes me very scared to ever have children. Part of me doesn't want to even risk having a baby because of either having an anaphylactic reaction during pregnancy or possibly passing on my health issues to my children.

Have any of y'all had the same sort of fears but continued to have children anyways?

Is it still possible to have a healthy pregnancy if you do have an allergic reaction somehow??

And does anyone know any statistics on whether or not your allergies will be passed on to your kids?

By Mari on Thu, 10-31-13, 17:06

Even without having any allergies, the decision to have children is a tough one. I think this is a discussion you need to have with your partner, allergist and obstetrician, so you know what the risks are for you and any child you would be carrying. As for your child having a food allergy, well, parents with allergies have a higher risk of having children with allergies, but you also have parents with NO allergies having children with allergies (my son is one of those) and his allergies to peanuts, treenuts, soy, legumes and other things is ana. You just never know what life will bring. Good luck to you!

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By Edna on Wed, 10-30-13, 07:15

I understand your worries perfectly, I'm in the same situation. Statistics say if one parent is allergic, there is a 30-40% chance the child will develop allergies. If both parents have allergies, the chance rises to 75%. That's daunting. BUT, and this is why I still want to have kids - if neither parent is allergic, there is still a 10-15% chance the child will develop allergies.*

Neither of my parents had any known allergies when I was born, and I'm still ana to all nuts. So it's probably as much an issue of environment and epigenetics as of bad genes.

I try to tell myself that if I can be a loving parent, that's what matters. But I'm not sure I've convince myself yet :)

* http://www.acaai.org/ALLERGIST/ALLERGIES/TYPES/FOOD-ALLERGIES/Pages/default.aspx

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