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Posted on: Sat, 11/13/1999 - 2:38am
Linda-Jo's picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

I, too, ate peanut butter and nuts, etc. with all 4 of my prenancies, but only my 4th child has the allergy to peanuts/nuts. No one in our family history has this allergy. My PD did say that if both parents have any allergies, then the child will have allergies, as well. My hubby is highly allergic to cats and all kinds of pollens. I have seasonal allergies. Maybe that had something to do with it, who knows? Maybe the higher incidence of PA people is environmental. They way peanuts/nuts are grown/manufactured? Again, who knows!
Pediatricians are seeing more and more cases of this so they are now telling parents to not give their children Peanut/nut products until age 3, thinking that maybe their systems will be more matured.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Mon, 11/15/1999 - 5:06am
Kristi's picture
Joined: 08/17/1999 - 09:00

I can't believe all of this...I too ate a lot of peanuts during pregnancy...I craved peanut buster parfaits from Dairy Queen. While nursing my son when he was an infant, I ate peanut butter sandwiches probably 5 out of 7 days...mostly because it was easy and yummy (I do like PB alot!). My son developed eczema when he was about 2 months old...this is the first time that I made the connection between his eczema and my eating peanut butter.
When my son turned one, he had his first peanut butter sandwich and had an allergic reaction. He had the RAST test done a year later...he is a level 5!! While I did not make the connection about the eczema til now, I have read some things about the peanut consumption during pregnancy leading to PA. I talked to my son's allergist about this, and he said while there is no proof that my eating peanuts caused my son to be allergic...he did say that I should not eat peanuts during my next pregnancy. I am now 8 weeks pregnant and I am staying away from peanuts!!
Also, we have no family history of PA...I sure do hope that I did not cause my son to be PA...but I will not make the same mistake twice.

Posted on: Mon, 11/15/1999 - 6:49am
Amy Swett's picture
Joined: 11/09/1999 - 09:00

When my three year old was tested last week for PA, and tested positive, I told his pediatrician that I thought it was strange because Peanut Butter was the only thing I craved during my pregnancy. I had to have it morning, noon, and night. I definitely see a pattern here~!

Posted on: Mon, 11/15/1999 - 8:19am
scywong's picture
Joined: 10/28/1999 - 09:00

My mom didn't eat any peanuts while she was carrying me for fear that I may develop an PA. Yet I have a peanut allergy. There is no history of PA in either my mom's family or my father's family. It is still mysterious as to how I am allergic. So, I don't know if eating peanuts during pregnancy makes a difference or not.

Posted on: Mon, 11/15/1999 - 2:40pm
Renee's picture
Joined: 09/02/1999 - 09:00

I have a 4 year old PA daughter and although I didnt eat a lot of peanuts I did eat Chinese food and Dairy Queen Sundays. Knowing what I do now I completely avoided them with my second child who tested low positive at age 2, but was given a peanut butter cookie accidentally with no reaction.
I give presentations to schools to promote food allergy awareness. I was asked to speek at a MOMS club meeting, several of the participants are pregnant. I intend to print this board for the presentation 12/1. If anyone knows where I can obtain additional information on preventing food allergies during pregency it could be very helpful.

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/1999 - 10:51am
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

Hi. I ate peanuts and peanut butter with both pregnancies. My older daughter is anaphalatic to peanuts and my younger daughter is not allergic to any foods that we know of.
My allergist told me that eating peanuts does not necessarily cause the allergy, but does increase the severity of the allergy once it is developed.

Posted on: Fri, 11/19/1999 - 1:04am
Donnamarie's picture
Joined: 11/16/1999 - 09:00

Hi! I did not eat any peanuts when I was pregnant with my son (and he is severely PA). I did with my daughter only 3 or 4 times (and have never tested her, so I don't know if she's PA). Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 12/08/1999 - 12:31pm
lortet's picture
Joined: 12/08/1999 - 09:00

I am a Registered Dietitian and Mom of a 2 year old girl with a PA. During my pregnancy and breastfeeding I ate peanut butter several times a week. Now, during my second preg, I have done some research which suggests avoiding peanuts in the third trimester and during breastfeeding is the most important thing to do. As we have no family history of allergies, I recommend all pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid peanuts and that no child be given peanut until after age 3. Better safe than sorry, good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 12/08/1999 - 10:38pm
bakermom's picture
Joined: 11/30/1999 - 09:00

yes, I too ate TONS AND TONS of peanutbutter. I was gestational diabetic and have a history of allergies in my family. Not only was it never suggested to avoid peanuts, I was ENCOURAGED to eat them! I saw a diatecian and it was on my eating plan. I ate peanut butter every single day, while pregnant and nursing. I have 3 kids, and did this with each one. I am nursing now with my 9 month old daughter and I ate more peanut butter with her during gestation than the other two. I do not eat it any more, however I did eat it in the beginning of nursing. Even though my son is PA, I still ate PB and was just EXTREMELY careful not to cross contaminate. I ate it while he was in bed at night, or in the mornings. It was not until recently that I knew he was as allergic as he is, my son's PED was not informative, I actualy had to ASK for an epi-pen, and then no one showed me how to use it! I have since gone to a specialist. My son had been re-tested and we do not have the blood work back yet, but at 18 months he was a level 4.
I will most likely not have any more children, but should I, I WILL NOT EAT PEANUTS!!! But in the mean time I am trying not to feel overwhelming guilt everytime he breaks out in hives at the supermarket!

Posted on: Thu, 02/03/2000 - 11:20am
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

My wife used to eat peanut butter sandwiches fairly often when she was pregnant. Our four year old daughter is PA. We avoided any nuts for her at all until she was 3 (so as to reduce the risk of becoming PA, so the advice goes), but it obviously didnt help! At 3 and a half, we found out about the PA. My advice...although its not proven, or it doesnt happen to everyone, i would avoid peanut products (and too much milk, eggs etc) during pregnancy and breast feeding, and then avoid nuts until at least age 3, maybe even 4 or 5! Oh well, too late now!



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