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Hi all! I am a lurker and have a question. PAs run in my family (my brotherhas them). I am pregnant with my second child and am wondering if it matters if I eat peanut butter while pregnant? IOW, will my eating it make the likelihood of my baby having PAs more likely? I eat 1 1/2 pb&j sandwiches a day! (It's been a craving of mine.)

On Jan 1, 2003

Yes it matters. The recommendation is for pregnant women to not eat peanuts if they have allergic tendencies.

I raised the Parents Magazine article for you on the Media Board. Go to the link and read Dr. Sampson's recommendations.

On Jan 1, 2003

Thank you! How do I get to the media board?

BTW, I don't have any food allergies myself (and neither does my 3 year old). The only thing I ahve that could be similar to an allergy is that when I wear perfume directly on my skin, my skin becomes very irritated.

The PA in my family is strictly my brother.

BTW, since I've been eating so much PB during this pregnancy, I'm kind of worried now. Does anyone know if it is more dangerous to the fetus in the beginning or end of pregnancy. (I'm 14 weeks pregnant now.)

Thanks again!

On Jan 1, 2003

The Media Board is 5 boards down from this one. Click on "Go Back List Of All Boards", click on Media and the Parent's Magazine thread raised to the top. I cut and pasted part of it here for you. My understanding is if you have any allergies, not just food allergies, but seasonal, etc., that you are more at risk of having a child w/ food allergies.

Sorry, I can't answer you question about pregnancy. I've never been pregnant. My son is adopted and tested positive at 2 yrs. old to peanuts without ever having eaten them. So there is the possibility that he was sensitized in utero. But can't say for sure.

Here's an excerpt from the Parent's Magazine article Q and Answers:

" 'So if I'm pregnant and have a history of seasonal allergies, are there any preventive steps I can take?' Yes. We recommend that women with allergies stay away from highly allergenic foods, like peanuts, while they're pregnant. There is some data that suggests that babies can be sensitized to certain foods in utero. Taking preventive steps during breast-feeding may be even more helpful. We now recommend that nursing moms stay away from peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish, but they should not avoid milk and eggs, since both contain vital nutrients."

On Jan 6, 2003

Also, take a look at the ad Kevin Sorbo has done for FAAN.

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[This message has been edited by Heather2 (edited January 06, 2003).]

On Jan 8, 2003

I have seasonal and environmental allergies but no food allergies. While pregnant I ate very little peanut butter but my daughter is PA. From what I've read, because I have allergies she was more likely to have allergies but not necessarily the same ones.

It's not too late to cut back on those PBJ's, after all you still have 26 weeks to go.

On Mar 16, 2003

Thanks so much for your replies. I just wanted to post an update. I severely cut down on my pb intake after reading your responses. Then I developed a horrible body rash. The dermatologist determined that it was severe eczema. So I stopped all peanut products completely. I'm a little frightened though that since I ate SO MUCH pb durng the beginning of my pregnancy, my baby will have the PA. But all I can do is hope that I quit in time.

On Mar 18, 2003

Boppaid,

I don't think you should worry about the peanuts you've already eaten. The evidence about consuming peanuts during pregnancy being a cause of peanut allergy is still somewhat inconclusive. But I do think it is GREAT you have stopped eating it, and I think it could help.

I think it's very important not to eat peanuts while breastfeeding. Studies have shown that mothers' milk contains peanut protein when they consume peanuts. Passing the protein to the baby may sensitize him. I had only seasonal allergies but I ate lots of peanuts and sesame while breastfeeding and my son is severely allergic to both.

Don't give your baby any peanut products until he's at least 3. Since you have eczema, your child is at risk for developing food allergies.

Don't worry about the peanuts you already ate. You can't undo it and it's not your fault nobody warned you ahead of time. Obstetricians need to get on the ball and start educating themselves and their patients about this potential danger.

Congratulations on the pregnancy. Lots of people eat peanuts and most babies don't have the allergy...the odds are in your favor. Good luck!

On Mar 18, 2003

There was a recent study which seemed to demonstrate that peanut protein was not passed during pregnancy, however no one knows for sure, so it's likely not a bad idea to abstain.

However, there is definite proof that peanut can be transferred through breast milk.

On Mar 27, 2003

Hi! There are no traces of any food allergies in my or my husbands family. My OB told me to increase my protein in my diet while nursing. They also told me peanut butter was a good source. I ate 1Tbsp on toast just about every morning for about 3 months. My 2 year old now has the allergy. I guess it doesn't happen with every kid, but increases their chances. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have touched it! Good luck to you!

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