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Posted on: Tue, 06/29/1999 - 12:02pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, i responded to Louise on another board concerning this. I am from Canada and I have read several articles concerning this. There have been correlations. I dont know if I kept the article from the paper but i may have some other info from our Alllergy /Asthma Assoc. I will look for it and fax to Chris if I have it. I am really upset that the March of Dimes does not believe this. I canvassed for them in January..and now I am not so sure that was the right thing to do. I too ate alot of PB in my first trimester and a fair amt throughout...I believe it does have an effect on our children. will keep you updated!

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/1999 - 6:43pm
LouiseLarsen's picture
Joined: 06/07/1999 - 09:00

I have found some great articles from the online BBC site that supports the theory that exposure to peanuts while pregnant/nursing can create this allergy. I really recommend copying the articles off the net and sharing it with our pediatricians and obgyns as soon as possible.
Who else is going to get the word out? Us, that's who.
I'm not a net-geek just yet, so bear with me while I try to share the actual web addresses of the particular articles:
Incase the address doesn't work, here is the site info:
"The BBC Online Network"
Monday, june 22, 1998
"Women can pass peanut allergy to their children"
Monday, June 29 1998
"Food alergy clinic opens for mums-to-be"
I hope that this info helps you get to those particular news stories. They are very clear and concise. I have found them very useful in explaining this to others.
If anyone else hears/reads any other news stories dealing with particular topic, please post the artcle info here! I am passionate about getting this message out to people. - Thanks.
[This message has been edited by LouiseLarsen (edited July 01, 1999).]

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 1:33am
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

I agree the BBC provides a lot of information of this. I have posted these same addresses as links in a previous message in this chain if anyone is having trouble accessing them.

Posted on: Wed, 05/17/2000 - 2:38pm
wheoki's picture
Joined: 05/18/2000 - 09:00

I am not allergic to anything but my partner has asthma and VERY BAD hayfever and is allergic to so many things its not funny (pnuts are included though funnily enough).
I know that peanuts should be avoided while pregnant (am 27wks) however, have just discovered that a yoghurt covered muesli bar I eat regularly (for sugar content most probably!!) has peanuts in it. I don't like P/butter and try to avoid cereals/foods with pnuts in them.
My question is ... how much is too much?. Am quite worried due to my partner's allergies whether my exposure to pnuts will effect the baby. I have read some of the postings and get the impression that copious amounts of pb were consumed by a few readers ... does anyone have children with pnut allergies who only consumed a small amount or none at all while pregnant/lactating?
Would be interested in comments. I sound like a worry wart, but having spent five years with my partner, I really dont want any of our children going through what he has!
Denise :0)

Posted on: Thu, 05/18/2000 - 12:17am
morgansmom's picture
Joined: 04/29/2000 - 09:00

Wow, this is an old one! I didn't realize this had been discussed, I guess I'm not much on reading all the archives.
...but you can add me to your list of believing that eating peanuts while pregnant is what resulted in my peanut allergic little girl. I also drank a ton of milk thinking that it was good for her, and she also has milk allergies.
During my second pregnancy I avoided all peanuts, milk, eggs, and have a little guy with no food allergies, ...has asthma though.
Guess we can't prove it but I believe it!

Posted on: Thu, 05/18/2000 - 1:11am
shannon's picture
Joined: 05/15/2000 - 09:00

this is so interesting, i never even would have thought that what i ate when i was pregnant may have contributed to my son's allergy. i too ate much peanut butt for protein while pregnant, and have continued to eat lots of nutty things since his birth. as i am still breast feeding, i have stopped eating as many, but must confess that i still have the ocasional nutty treat.
my son had his first(worst?) reaction two months ago at 14 months, after finishing the last bite of his daddy's peanutbutter girl scout cookie. i had been cautious of peanuts and peanut butter since his birth after knowing a little girl who had PA, but he had had a few bites here and there, mostly daddy's nutter butter cookies. i wonder now if we were just unobservent, but we never noticed any kind of reaction until his violetn reaction in march. he gagged, vomited, swelled, broke out in hives, coughing, runny nose, and chest congestion. im glad i was aware of the possibility of such a reaction beforehand, or i might not have known it was something serious, and taken him to the hospital.
well, all of that is off of the topic, but i must agree that i beleive my diet while pregnant and nursing are a definate possibility.

Posted on: Thu, 05/18/2000 - 7:32am
melissa's picture
Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

I ate little to no peanut butter while pregnant with my 7 year old who is PA. I did eat peanuts occasionally, but not in gross amounts. I was told that I gave him his allegry because I ate peanuts while pregnant and nursing. I nursed for 6 months and I don't remember eating a lot of peanuts. My 18 month old has never had peanuts and I am afraid of giving him any. I was a little more careful, watching what I ate and not eating too much of something that he could become allergic to. So far so good. He likes milk, but refuses to eat eggs. He even picks them out of potato salad. Maybe he has a small allergy to eggs and I just don't know it yet.

Posted on: Thu, 05/18/2000 - 1:25pm
msfz's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My mother said she was only able to keep 4 things down when she was pregnant with me - saltines, Bosco (chocolate syrup), ginger ale and peanut butter. She lived on those foods for almost her entire pregnancy. I am severely PA. Both of my parents have food allergies, but not to peanuts.
I had Gestational Diabetes with my last two children (the last one born 3/9/00). Because of the condition I met regulary with a nutritionist (a different one each pregnancy). They both autmatically told me the virtues of peanuts. Before bedtime women with gestational diabetes are supposed to have a protein and starch snack. The snack promoted on everything I was given was peanut butter on crackers. Most women I have talked to with gestational diabetes eat that every single night. I have tried to educate the nutritionists but they say that the pre-natal peanut contact and its relationship to PA is very controversial. It's very frustrating.

Posted on: Thu, 05/18/2000 - 10:33pm
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

Hi, I ate no tree nut or peanut containing foods from the time we started thinking about having a baby. My husband is asthmatic and has animal allergies and my brother is peanut and tree nut allergic so my family doctor warned me that some research was beginning to be done around pregnancy and breastfeeding and exposure. She said that she would prefer that I avoid peanuts and tree nuts so I did. It didn't work for us because my son is severely peanut and tree nut allergic; probably heredity played the key role. I always post this information because my reading of the research is that much is still unknown and moms should not take on guilt because of their diet as there are many other predisposing factors. However, I believe that if you are aware of the possible connection then you must avoid nuts while pregnant and breastfeeding. Even if it does not stop the allergy it may lessen it? There is not enough research complete on this topic for us to really know. Anyways, that is my opinion and experience. Take care.

Posted on: Thu, 05/18/2000 - 11:20pm
BISHOPA's picture
Joined: 05/09/2000 - 09:00

I was speaking to a friend who is on the WIC program which issues vouchers for milk, cereal, etc. to lower income pregnant women, babies & small children. She said that when she was pregnant the vouchers she was given included peanut butter. Cookbooks that were given out also included numerous recipes that included peanuts/peanut butter not only for her, but also for her child. It frightens me to think that government agencies are promoting pb consumption to women who may not have the resources or education to make an informed decision on this subject. Of course, I didn't know any better, either. I kept my son away from peanut butter for the first year and a half only because of possible choking hazards, not allergies.


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