Pregnancy peanut cravings

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/1999 - 3:24pm
Jody's picture
Joined: 09/20/1999 - 09:00

Are there any females out there with PA children who ate a lot of peanut butter/or peanuts during pregnancy? I have just discovered our son is PA and read somewhere that if the fetus is exposed to peanuts regularly, the occurence of peanut allergy is higher. I know for a fact that I ate peanut butter several times a week during pregnancy, and am suffering from the guilt of it all now.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/1999 - 5:14am
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

I had gestational diabetes and ate peanuts almost daily as a snack, switching from my candy beceuse of the sugar issue. I also ate peanut butter sandwiches for the first time in years. I did crave the stuff. Also sesame in all its forms. I went so far as to ask my doctor if sesame was high in some trace vitamin or mineral. My first child was peanut allergic from his first exposure at around 9 or 10 months.
However, I also ate peanuts M & M's
on an almost daily basis with my second child and she did not turn out peanut allergic (so far). I didn't crave it as much either.
HIndsight is 20-20. There is some evidence peanuts during pregnancy and nursing increases the rate of peanut allergy in the child. BUT obviously not every pregnant woman who eats peanuts has a peanut allergic child. There have to be some additional unknown factors.
There is nothing to be done about it now, except caution others about your experience. Some will want to hear it, some won't. I would really push hard on family members- sisters, etc. who may be or become pregnant in case there is a genetic factor + exposure. That is very speculative on my part, but you do see some families with many allergic individuals (not necessarily peanuts).
I feel more guilty for the mistakes I make now with PA and my child, that can be prevented. It's too late to cry about eaten peanuts in pregnancy. Try and put your guilt to work somehow. You can't know everything.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/1999 - 11:57am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

I also ate a lot of peanut butter, actually, anything with peanuts, while pregnant and nursing. My prenatal vitamin also had peanut oil in it. I did not use this particular vitamin for my first 2 children, who are both allergy free. And I agree with you, CVB, we need to alert others to the possibility. The doctors sure aren't!

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/1999 - 12:41pm
Tammy Lynn's picture
Joined: 06/26/1999 - 09:00

I also ate alot of peanut butter sandwiches while is was pregnant. Elizabeth is severely allergic and Will has a sensitivity to them. I also ate them while nursing. My allergist asked me if Elizabeth had had peanuts prior to her first reaction. My answer was no. He said somehow she would have had to because the allergy reveals itself on the second exposure. He said the body has to be sensitized to the allergen. My guess is she was sensitized through pregnancy or my breast milk. If I had it to do over, I would have avoided it and I try to inform expectant moms about it. I do believe Elizabeth's allergy is inherited from her father but the exposure while pregnant and nursing did not help.

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/1999 - 12:04pm
rscollo2's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

i just wanted to to know i have a 2 yr old with what we believe to have the pa among other allergies, and being a vegetarian, i ate tons of peanut butter when i was pregnant for my source of protein. if there is any truth to that study, it needs to get out to our obs.

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/1999 - 12:14pm
KarenT's picture
Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

I ate a can of mixed nuts in one sitting many times while I was pregnant. Peanut butter on hot toast with sugar sprinkled on top was my other big craving.
[This message has been edited by KarenT (edited February 26, 2000).]

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/1999 - 1:18pm
Cheryl's picture
Joined: 09/08/1999 - 09:00

I can say that I did not eat peanuts while I was pregnant. I don't like peanuts and did not use peanut butter. In the time since conception to now (my son is eight months old) we have had peanut products a total of three times - in cookies. So I believe this should take some guilt off of those of you who are feeling it. My doctor even questioned me about it. They (doctors) must be trying to figure out what causes this allergy. I can honestly say that it wasn't something that I ate during the pregnancy. I think the fact that my husband had unknown allergies as a child would be more of an influence. My doctor provided me with a sheet when you are pregnant or nursing and have allergies in your family. Things like staying away from peanuts was on it but only if you had a family history. Don't feel any guilt over eaten peanuts. You can only go on from today and take care of your children now.

Posted on: Fri, 11/12/1999 - 7:56am
marlene555's picture
Joined: 11/10/1999 - 09:00

I also ate alot of peanut butter when I was pregnant and while I nursed my son. He was horribly cranky and had alot of gastro distress when he was an infant and develped ezema on his skin at around 6 weeks of age. At 12 months he had his first peanut butter sandwich and had a full blow allergic reaction. He is 14 now and is severely life-threatning allergic to Peanuts, Soy Protein and all Nuts. While my son was an infant and uncomfortable with his gastro problems, skin problems and general crankiness, not One Doctor ever thought to mention the connection between peanut sensativity and nursing. I strongly believe there is a large corrolation between the two. I would suggest to everyone to stay away from peanuts and soy protein during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some hospital should do a study on the relationship...

Posted on: Fri, 11/12/1999 - 8:41am
Angela's picture
Joined: 10/04/1999 - 09:00

I ate very little peanut products while pregnant and I also nursed my son, now 4 years old. He was the perfect infant and had no problems nursing, sleeping but just had minor ezema. My husband has minor allergies but no food allergies so there could be many factors contributing to this. We found out about his life threatning allergy when he was 8 months old. He had a lump in his neck (not visible) and the ear, nose, throat dr referred us to an allergen dr who performed the skin test and found this out. Thank God we found out this way and not by a reaction!

Posted on: Fri, 11/12/1999 - 10:46pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

I nursed both of my children and ate peanut butter with both pregnancies. My daughter did not have eczema and does not have any known or otherwise. My son, on the other hand, had eczema and is anaphylactic to peanuts and eggs, outgrew his milk and soy allergy, and is allergic to cats, two different kinds of dustmites and has hayfever.
This allergy is so baffling. I have since heard that if there is a history of food allergies or eczema, not to introduce peanut butter before the age of 3 and some are saying not to introduce it before the age of 5 in order for the immune system to become fully mature. No one was telling us this when we all were pregnant and I am sure telling this to everyone now. I tell them it is much easier to hold out for 3-5 years than for a lifetime of worries.
Stay safe.

Posted on: Sat, 11/13/1999 - 2:03am
Astrid's picture
Joined: 02/15/1999 - 09:00

There are several threads on this board about pregnancy and peanuts, all of which are extremely informative........


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