Do you avoid Peanuts/Tree Nuts while Pregnant??

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 5:40pm
Todd's picture
Joined: 04/01/2005 - 09:00

I am Pregnant with #2, My 1st is now 6 with a severe Peanut/Tree Nut allergy.

I have read in Different books, articles, etc. that it is not known whether or not eating Peanuts or Tree Nuts while pregnant can cause or contribute to the allergy, so to avoid in following pregnancys.

Am I wrong? I have been avoiding eating both while pregnant.

If the subject comes up at my work, people look at me like I'm crazy for not eating that peanut whatever (candy, etc) But I want to prevent or help prevent something from happening to my unborn that I didn't know was going to happen to my 1st born.

When I was pregnant 1st time around I didn't have peanut cravings other than, I had a Village Candle that was Peanut Butter Cookie, that everytime I walked by it I had to stop to smell it. So I guess I had a "smell" craving.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:28pm
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I am no expert but I will tell you my experience.
Craved pb all the time w/ #1 dd. She is PA/TNA.
Was told by pediatrician (and I have also read many articles also stating this may be helpful) to avoid nuts while pregnant and nursing w/ #2 and #3. This wasn't hard at all considering our house was already nut free due to PA dd #1.
So, at 3 and 5 both #2 and #3 dd's have tested negative to nuts. Whether or not this has anything at all to do w/ complete avoidance in pregnancy/nursing?????
10 yo dd- PA,TNA, tests pos to soy, CATS, many environmentals, Asthmatic
5 yo dd- NKA, avoiding nuts
3 yo dd- outgrown milk/soy, avoiding nuts

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:35pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My experience - not saying this makes it so...
#1 pregnancy - Ate PB every day to get protein since I'm not a big meat eater.
#2 pregnancy - Ate NOTHING nutty since #1 was P/TNA.
#1 is "off the chart" P/TNA.
#2 is not P/TNA.
(Personally, I'm convinced.)

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:38pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I would avoid them. During my first pregnancy and when breastfeeding I ate LOTS of PB, nuts and eggs. My DS has allergies to all three. We discovered his allergy when I was pregnant with my second. The pediatric allergist warned me to stay away from peanuts, nuts and even shellfish, esp. in my third trimester, which I was already doing because of ds. My second son will be tested this summer prior to the start of school, however we all strongly suspect he will have none of the allergies (we already know no egg allergy). When my sister became pregnant her dr. recommended staying away from peanuts when she found out about my son as well.
However, I know their is another school of thought where they recommend eating these foods and that there have been studies done that do not prove eating highly allergenic food during pregnancy and bfedding cause allergenic children.
Maybe we should take a poll of mothers who ate peanuts vs those who did not?

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:44pm
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

I ate tons of peanut butter while pregnant w/ my PA son.
Ate nothing w/ peanut butter while pregnant w/ my daughter who has no food allergies.
Who knows if my diet had anything to do with it, but I figured that it wasn't very hard or a big deal to avoid peanuts and nuts, and if there was even a 1% chance that my avoidance would mean my child would not have this allergy, then that was all the reason in the world to do so.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:45pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

There are some posts here about that, ccm's mom.

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:46pm
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I asked my allergist his view on this, he said to try and avoid during the 3rd trimester, but there was no proof it would or wouldn't work. I also asked about not drinking milk and he said there were no studies to confirm, and he'd rather I got the calcium then avoid....with that said....
#1-Sidney.... I ate everything(see my signature for allergies)
#2-Jake...I ate everything
#3- Carson...I ate everything(we didn't know about Jake's nut allergies yet, so I didn't know to avoid)
#4- Savannah, I cut back on pb(but still ate it) and ate everything else
But Sidney is NOT allergic to peanuts/nuts, and so far neither are Carson and Savannah(and they've done testing, negative so staying hopeful)....just Jake.
EDIT, I also ate pb while nursing all of them. I have really cut back on Savannah though.
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited March 06, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 12:53am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

I ate it everyday. I'm not completely convinced that it will make or break PA, though.

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 1:30am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

I don't eat peanuts, but that's because I'm allergic to them. I don't react to peanut oil, so I don't avoid it, nor do I avoid may contains.
I am eating almonds fairly regularly--almost every day. Yesterday I had pistachios. And I frequently have a handful of cashews. I occasionally eat macademia nuts (with cocoa nibs and sulatanas). I cook with pine nuts at least once a week.
33w1d today!

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 1:49am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

#1 while preg with DS ate a ton of nuts and PB especially 3rd trimester
#2 DD avoided all nuts, sesaeme seeds, entire pregnancy, from third trimester through breastfeeding avoided fish, shellfish, Dairy and egg. Other family memebers have egg and dairy allergies.
#1 - highly allergic to peanuts allergic to all tree nuts our allergist had a test for.
#2 - waiting to see she is almost 9 months. She has started projectile vomiting rice cereal with soy in it. waiting more tests to try and see what is going on.

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 2:16am
PennMom's picture
Joined: 08/01/2006 - 09:00

I have one DD- ate all kinds of nuts, peanut butter snack crackers a lot- all during pregnancy (was told PB/nuts were good protein and to avoid deli meats due to listeria- go figure!)- also some nuts during breastfeeding- but didn't BF long- has PA, and allergy to some tree nuts= but also garlic and possibly oranges/citrus. We held off on giving her actual nuts/PB (although she had may contains) till after 3 yrs old and then found out she was PA and TNA. Not sure about where the garlic and citrus allergies would have come from- ate very limited quantities of both. If I had another child would avoid all nuts/PB since we are a nut free house now- and also just to give any "possible" chance to not have the allergy.


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