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Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2000 - 10:33am
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HELLO CHRIS!
Just a quick note to say YES I too ate gobs of peanut butter while pregnant with my son who has a fatal peanut allergy. I ate the stuff however, on the advice of my doctor. I was very sick and losing too much weight in my first trimester. She recomended peanutbutter. I still remember her saying, "I don't care if you eat it everyday". As soon as I found out about my sons allergy I asked both my doctor and his allergist if they thought there was a connection and they both said no. It seemed like a no-brainer to me.If you come up with a plan to educate obgyns let me know if I can help.

Posted on: Wed, 04/25/2001 - 2:40pm
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Hi,
I had peanuts (not necessarily obvious ones - I ate dutch chocolate ultraslimfast bars for example...)while pregnant and breastfeeding my first who had an anaphylactic reaction to his "first exposure to peanuts" at one. My second we have avoided exposing which is a problem since I am asking his preschool to treat him as if he is PA but they know he hasn't been diagnosed and there is nothing in any medical records. Anyway, there are NO food allergies in either of our families. My husband and I have some grass and tree pollen problems but nothing that would have led me to wait on exposing my child. I have a friend with a child with PA who also has no family history of food allergies either - I wonder if the recommendation to avoid peanuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be more general since it is so much easier to avoid them for pregnancy and breastfeeding than to be afraid of them for the rest of you life.

Posted on: Thu, 04/26/2001 - 1:28am
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Chris, I also ate peanuts and peanut butter with both pregnacies. Caity is 9 yrs and not pa Axel is 7 yrs and pa. But the main reason I am responding is I was on the wic program from the time that Axel was born. Once a child reaches about 1 you no longer get the baby formula and baby cereal coupons. You still get the fruit juice coupons but instead of formula you get milk coupons and instead of cereal you get a coupon either for peanut butter or beans(i can't remember which beans it specifies though) and you get cheese coupons. I remember when Axel had his first reaction to Peanuts telling WIC this and they just said that it is the best nutrition and that I would have to remember and ask for beans instead. I don't know how many low income people are going to ask for beans instead of Peanut butter though. I didn't know at the time he shouldn't be eating PB as Wic was giving it to me and all these reciepies to use that included PB. I can tell you that I have many days where I feel guilty about what I didn't know and feel responsible for this ugly allergy.
christyn

Posted on: Thu, 04/26/2001 - 1:49pm
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Just saw this thread and thought I would reply. I have 4 yr old triplets, only one is PA. I rarely ate peanut butter or peanut products while pregnant and/or nursing(I am not allergic, just was never big on peanuts), but my son still has the allergy. I am not disputing that there may be a link (I always tell people about it, better safe than sorry), but sometimes I think it just seems that way. Peanut Butter is an easy way to get protein while pregnant, and I would bet that the vast majority of the mothers I know consumed large amounts of PB during pregnancy. So it would seem to make sense that a large proportion of mothers on this board did too. Just wanted to say that the large amount of PB eaters on this board does not necessarily mean there is a correlation.

Posted on: Thu, 04/26/2001 - 10:31pm
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Better late then never to join a thread, eh??
Add me to the list of PB eaters - big time - while pregnant.
I was not a PB eater before I was pregnant, but because it was my first time I wanted to do everything right. My ob/gyn said I needed more iron and protein, and that I could get it naturally through PB. Of course I didn't suspect anything, and from then on ate at least a PB sandwich every day.
I know that if my ob/gyn hadn't said anything about it, I wouldn't have eaten PB probably at all. I'm not saying our son wouldn't have had PA anyway - I don't know that for sure, but I have every reason to believe that he MAY NOT HAVE developed it if I hadn't eaten so much PB while pregnant.
Our youngest son is not PA - I didn't eat anything even remotely resembling a peanut or PB while pregnant with him. I do worry that he could develop it at any time, because his chances are higher since his brother has it.
The allergist who tested our son (PA) noticed I was pregnant with our second at the time. He told me to avoid all food allergens while pregnant because of the elevated risk now that one child had tested positive.
Our son (PA) reacted to his very first taste of PB at 15 months. His father gave him a tiny lick of PB. Within 2 hours, our son was coughing until he threw up, then he was fine. We didn't suspect anything - we were ignorant of food allergies. His second reaction was a month or two after the first; same tiny lick of PB. He threw up immediately, then wheezed for a good while. We thank God it stopped on its own - we still HAD NO IDEA what was really happening. I told the Ped. about the two events, and he referred us to an allergist. The skin prick test resulted in "the biggest bump (the allergist had) ever seen!!"
Our lives were drastically changed that day... and, yes, whether it's really true or not, I blame the PB I ate while pregnant.

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2001 - 4:18am
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My 6 month old tested 5 on RAST for peanut allergy. I am so furious that neither my OB/GYN, the baby's pediatrician, or the lactation consulstants never warned me not to eat peanuts while pregnant or breastfeeding. I read somewhere that 83% of children with PA were breastfed! I believe PA is on the rise because breastfeeding is back "in". They tell you how good it is for the baby & show you how to do it but they don't warn you about any dangers (don't eat tuna & swordfish because they contain mercury, dont eat peanuts because you can pass on a deadly disease (PA)!!!)

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 10:20am
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Some of you may know I'm new to this (10 mos old was dx last week) & have posted other boards as 'guilt consumed'. I got several nice replies about people telling me not to feel guilty and that not necessarily did my eating peaunts during pregnancy and BF cause this. Somehow I happended upon this thread and am just sick about it again. I hate myself for not having known this------I too thought this is great protein (I don't eat meat) I had no idea! Allergies dont run in either of our families. Now my son must live with what is really a medical, and social disabliltiy in so many ways. I was so careful, so proud to continue breastfeeding. And really, it seems it was all because of what I did. I don't know how I will ever get beyond the self loathing. Yes, I know it is not that I did something on purpose, it was all a gross accident. But I hate myself for somehow not knowing any better. This is just a crime. And I go to look at noah to be sure he is still breathing in his crib at night (Today I asked the dr. if he could have an attack at night in the crib without audible warning & he said yes)& it is my fault that this incredible little guy is so fragile, vulnerable. How do you all get beyond the guilt?

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 11:17am
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Hi Little Noah's Mommy -
Guilt is a normal response when dealing with the allergy - I think a lot of moms (myself included) wonder if it was something that they did while pregnant that caused this allergy in their children.
I have read articles that say yes, peanut consumption while being pregnant can cause this allergy, and I have also read articles that say exactly the opposite.
I have heard about babies being sensitized with breastmilk, but my PA son was formula fed from day one, and still has the allergy.
The point is, you didn't know about this while you were pregnant and breastfeeding. You were acting with the best intentions towards your son.
It has helped me when dealing with the guilt feelings, to realize that my son "is who he is". The PA doesn't change the fact that he is my son, that I love him, and that I want the best for him out of life. Its my job to teach him to thrive in spite of his allergy, and to make sure that he lives his life to the fullest. He is more than the allergy.
I went too many months before my son was diagnosed for sure, not enjoying him, and not enjoying all the "normal" things that go with raising a young child, because I was consumed with guilt and worry. Its one of those things that I regret in life, and a period of time I can't get back. Don't do this to yourself.
I'm sure you've heard this before, but give yourself a little while to adjust - things will seem more normal as time goes by.
I know I've kind of rambled on, but I hope this post makes sense and helps you in some small way.

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 12:34pm
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Thanks for sharing, happycat. I know that every moment with my son is precious, though you are right, I am so tense, frightened, guilt ridden, that I am not enjoying much of anything at all. I used to work with kids with disabilities & I realize that in the big picture we could be facing a definite terminal illness or condition or something 'worse' than PA. Still I am grieving the safety that he has lost, the risk that somehow I think I put him in. I wonder if someday he will be frustrated with being 'different' (of course he probably will) & again I will feel I 'cursed' him. Worse, if something happens to him, that I was the cause. If there is really link between pregnancy and lactation diet and this, then it is a health crisis that needs to be clear to everyone. I know that's the point of the posts on this thread. But, I saw myself as a careful, educated mom and am so upset that I didn't know better.

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 1:50pm
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Noah's mom, I felt the EXACT same way. I honestly don't know how I got past it, and to this day believe ... an ounce of prevention.
But, I am now on my third child, and she is throwing much of what I believed about my other two and the other allergies OUT THE WINDOW!
Medical science is NOT an exact science. I've read articles that say one or the other. I think I got past it by realizing that in some way my daughter is the way she is because that is what was in the cards. I no longer blame myself. There are plenty of moms I know who OD'D on peanuts and have allergies that do not have PA children. You have to find your place with this, or you will drive yourself absolutely batty.
Also, there is another thread on this that I have not read yet but the topic is something similar to what I just said about the PA child being that way regardless. Maybe that thread would help you.
Good luck and enjoy your child. There are much worse things than a peanut allergy (tell me that when I'm fighting with my inlaws). If it wasn't about PA, then it would probably be something else.
Take it easy,
Doreen

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