Anyone Pregnant or Recently Pregnant? I\'m Asking for a Reason! LOL!

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:44am
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Is anyone currently pregnant or recently pregnant? The reason I'm asking is I thought of this the other night and then just got reminded of it in the 18 months thread by A Breitner's post.

I was wondering if anyone had revised copies of What to Expect When You're Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, and What to Expect the Toddler Years?

ABreitner had posted in the other thread that she went by this book and fed her child pb something. Isn't this the book that *all* of us use now when we're pregnant and then we continue with the series as our children age?
It definitely was for me and I still see it on all the TV shows where there are pregnant women.

What I'm wondering is have these authors made any changes to their recommendations re pb, peanut products, etc. or have they added any warnings about when to try certain new foods that would have come out through studies since certainly I got my copy of What to Expect when You're Expecting 8 years ago?

Just wondering if anyone had a revised version if they would mind checking. I'd be interested in contacting the writers if they have not revised information as far as allergies are concerned.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 1:58am
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I am 4.5 months pregnant and so is my sister-in-law. I have not bought the updated "what to Expect" book, but was curious if they have updated their peanut advice. She showed me her book. It has a gray box titled "No peanuts for your little peanut" or something to that effect. I was surprised and disappointed when it went on to explain that mothers with allergies should not eat peanuts during pregnancy. (It may have listed tree nuts also. Ican't remember.) I tell everyone I know who is pregnant not to eat peanuts whether they are allergic or not. I don't have a single allergy but my 18 month old daughter has a severe peanut allergy. I had an old book, but even if I'd had the new one, I would have eaten peanuts since I don't have allergies. (Her dad does have allergies though.)

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 5:33am
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My copies of those books are about 3 years old. I couldn't find anywhere in the "what to expect while you're expecting" book where it said to avoid peanuts/nuts. In the "What to expect the first year" book, I found a statement buried in the section dealing with if you have allergies in your family stating to avoid peanut products until age 3. We have NO allergies in our family so we gave our daughter peanut butter at age 18 months & she had a moderate reaction (lip swelling & rash). Our doctor only told us to avoid Peanuts themselves because of choking.
The only thing I could find in the "what to expect the toddler years" was a section on health problems. It lumped all kinds of allergies together (food & environmental) & spent a few small paragraphs on food allergies & several pages on environmental allergies.
So overall, I'd say this series of books did not warn or prepare me for the possiblity of this allergy.
I was just fortunate that I had seen other kids, when I was student teaching, have allergic reactions to medications. Because I knew immediately my daughter was having an allergic reaction to the peanut butter & we quickly called the doctor & got her treated. We didn't even have Benedryl in the house.
Lea (mom to Jamie - 2 3/4 (PA & TNA)

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 5:49am
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I bought the book in 1999 when I had my first son and just gave it away to an expecting mom (along with the FAAN poster with Kevin Sorbo on it). The edition I had was still the same old fashioned advice.

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 8:12am
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[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] PREGNANT? NO,NO,NO!
To old.LOL
I did have that book a long time ago, I gave it away when I was done with it.

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 10:11am
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How many of us came in to this thread to see if Cindy was pregnant? I did!!
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Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 1:30pm
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Quote:Originally posted by KarenT:
[b]How many of us came in to this thread to see if Cindy was pregnant? I did!!
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Nah, I had just read in the Off Topic thread about cosmetics where she says she just dyed her hair RACE CAR RED!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
EB

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 10:07pm
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I will 'fess up, I was looking to see if she was pg as well!!
However, there are many critics out there, me included, that find much of the advice in the WTEWE books outdated, especially with regards to many aspects of infant feeding and breastfeeding and weaning.
I followed its guidelines, as I recall, and I know it warned against PB for choking reasons up unitl age 3, but allergens were of concern up to age 18 months, I think. So, I decided to try PB, carefully on both accounts at or around 18 months, just tiny tastes and working up to sandwiches, being careful dd could handle it mostly with regards to *choking.*
BIG MISTAKE, huh?
I have neighbor who just had a baby 3 weeks ago, come Sunday. She told me her OB did discuss with her limiting nuts and peanuts, but she had thought that meant it was okay to eat small amounts. Still not quite the right advice. This neighbor approached me to ask what I knew, and I told her to avoid them, if it was possible. I did not want to make too big a deal out of it because she had already been eating them and I did not want to make her regret that which shw could not change, and she was well into her pregnancy at the time.
I have the same doctor, but only been once and saw the nurse practitioner. I think I will send them some articles, since they are trying to be on the right track. They would likely be receptive to the info. becca

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 11:41pm
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I don't have the book, but I also came ready to write a big congratulations! Oh well.
Tamie

Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 5:00am
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I also popped in here expecting to hear of a new baby on the way!
In case anyone is wondering where I saw in the book that it was okay to give peanut butter, it is listed in the "best odds toddler diet" Ironically I was looking for things to started feeding Ben because of his dairy allergy, I was trying to find ideas for substituting cheese.
I had not thought of contacting the editors of this book, that is a good idea.

Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 5:43am
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Cindy, I'm really glad you started this thread. (And, no, I didn't think you were pregnant!) I have always been disturbed by the WTE books discussion of allergies. It's extremely disturbing. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] Miriam

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