Pregnant--what would you do?

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 5:22am
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**Sorry, I posted this in the wrong section before**

My best friend is a nurse at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was working with a doctor who just got off her allergy rotation and they were discussing allergies the other day. She mentioned that my son (her godson) has PA, and that I'm 5 months pregnant and not consuming any peanut products in hopes to keep this next child PA-free.
This doctor said "OH NO!! It's now strongly believed that mothers SHOULD consume peanut products when they're pregnant, and NOT when they're nursing! Tell your friend to start eating peanuts!"

So, this has sent me into a tailspin! It goes against what I thought I was doing right. I didn't eat peanuts after 16 wks gestation with my son or when I nursed him, and he still got a PA (but if someone offered me peanut-butter chocolate ice cream or Pad Thai, I would have a little---so I wasn't STRICTLY avoiding all pn products).

I don't know this doctor, but I do trust the reputation of Chicago's Children's Memorial Hosp. I have a message into the pediatric allergist's office (the OB has no conclusive thoughts on this at all) to see what he thinks. Back in April before I was pregnant, I asked about peanuts while pregnant/nursing and his response was "as of this moment, research suggests to avoid them while pregnant/nursing, but that could change as we find out more."

Thoughts??? Would you eat peanuts when you're pregnant? I don't even have peanut products in the house--although I wouldn't be so sad if I *had* to eat a Reese's PB Cup this Halloween somewhere else. Help! What have you guys heard?

A million thanks,
Jen

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