Pregnant--what would you do?

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 5:20am
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

**Sorry, wrong place to post--moved to Main Disccusion board. SORRY!**

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Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 5:28am
momto1son's picture
Joined: 02/27/2006 - 09:00

I had never heard of a peanut allergy when I was pregnant with my son and I ate peanut butter and jelly everyday almost. I formula fed and he is now 2 and has a PA/TNA.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 5:50am
proudmomof2's picture
Joined: 09/19/2005 - 09:00

I ate peanuts and pb and did not avoid any nuts when pg and nursing with my PA/TNA son. Wish I had known. With my younger son (now 2), I strictly avoided any "traces" of nuts when pg and nursing. We have a nut-free household anyway, which includes "traces" but if I was out with a friend at the movies or dinner for example, I would avoid "traces". I treated myself like I was the one with the PA/TNA. Let's hope it helped. I know it doesn't guarantee anything, but it certainly helps.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 6:05am
lmw's picture
Joined: 11/12/2005 - 09:00

I really don't know what I would do now. Only 1 of my 3 is PA, and that took 18 years to happen. She (so far) is only ingestion reactive, so who knows if avoiding would have made any difference, or if the boys will develope PA - or any other FA's.
Glad I'm not in a position to have to make such a decision, it would not be easy. I THINK I would go for avoidance, or at least limited, but as I'm 1 for 3, I honestly don't know.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 6:26am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Before my adult-onset PA, I happily eat celery and peanut butter throughout my pregnancy. My son, now 31, has no food allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 8:05am
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Joined: 06/11/1999 - 09:00

For what it's worth--I ate peanut butter every day of my first pregnancy. He is PA/TNA, outgrew egg and milk allergy.
My next pregnancy I ate no peanuts, tree nuts, or shellfish. He has no known allergies.
My third pregnancy I followed the same restictions. She was milk allergic until 2, and egg allergic until 3. She never tested pos. for peanuts and has eaten them since we allowed her to try them at 4 (before preschool admission).
You have to make the call.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 8:12am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi there,
I am pregnant with baby #4. DD #1 is PA. I ate my fair share of peanuts with her. If somebody offered me PB ice cream, I did not just take a bite, I ate a whole bowl:-)
While pregnant with DD #2 I avoided any and all peanuts/tree nuts and shellfish. She is now 3 1/2. She RAST tested negative and has eaten peanuts (hidden in things as she is terrified of them). She had NO reaction whatsoever.
While pregnant with DS #1 I also avoided any and all peanuts/tree nuts and shellfish. Ryan has tested very low to peanuts and positive to tree nuts. However we are still avoiding all nuts with him. (due to sister's anaphylaxis and his RAST results).
So here I am with #4 and I am totally avoiding any nuts. I do not even eat may contains. However I do not eat those normally. We just are a big old peanut free family:-)
So I hope this at least gives you an idea of what somebody else is doing. Good luck with your pregnancy!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 8:21am
amyd's picture
Joined: 09/12/2006 - 09:00

I don't know what to do either, I've heard the argument go both ways. There's no conclusive evidence that avoiding/eating peanuts during pregnancy causes anything, just hypotheses.
Some think that having some exposure to allergens in utero and as a young baby are good, which is where that doctor's idea is coming from.
Right now I'm not going to eat any peanuts or peanut butter because I have a toddler at home. I wouldn't want to risk him having exposure from it. I ate peanuts through my pregnancy and breastfed him while eating peanuts and he became allergic to peanuts.
For this one I'll avoid them completely, though until we found out he had PA I was sucking down peanut butter chocolate shakes.
I guess if I were you I'd lay off the peanut stuff for breastfeeding and not go out of your way to have peanuts if it makes you uncomfortable.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 8:54am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Pregnancy #1 ate everything incl. peanuts.
Outcome #1 child allergic to egg, milk, peanut, treenuts. Outgrew egg, milk.
Pregnancy #2 avoided peanut, treenuts, shellfish.
Outcome #2 child allergic to egg, milk. Outgrew milk.
Just like everyone above, I'm not sure what any of this means, but here is the data if it helps you make your decision.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
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Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 9:32am
schnoob's picture
Joined: 02/11/2005 - 09:00

I ate trail mix by the bag full when pregnant, and also when breastfeeding...DD age 3 allergic to peanuts.
Im now 17 weeks pregnant with baby #2. Im not eating any peanuts or treenuts at all (although I will admit that Im not super careful with may contains if not eating around my DD). I definitely wont when breastfeeding. Just like everyone else, Im horribly confused - I've heard of this theory also, but as usual there is no evidence to back any of it up.
But I do know the guilt I live with *if* I unknowingly did this, so even just for my own conscious Im not eating it.
But Im craving almonds SO bad.....

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2006 - 11:15am
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

(edited): I totally agree with you! I'm just afraid this "new" information is indicating that I should eat them in order to prevent another PA. It's all so confusing!
I did talk to our own pediatric allergist today, and he did offer a little bit more to go on. I know this is just ONE doctor's professional opinion here--so take it with a grain of salt. He said because my DS has a PA, it is recommended to avoid all peanut products in the third trimester and throughout breastfeeding. However, he also said that it doesn't mean the child won't get a FA, but it will probably postpone it. When I asked him to clarify, he basically said if you're genetically determined to get it, the allergy can be put "on hold" the early years by adhering to the previous suggestions, but that it will come out eventually. There is no true prevention. If that's the case, I guess it kinda eases the guilt of doing the "right" thing. I hope I got that right--had a crying toddler while I was on the phone with him.
I truly appreciate all of your thoughts and stories! This is so nerve-wrecking and confusing! I guess I'll just going to go with my instincts here and continue to avoid all peanuts--including may contains. It's pretty easy considering our house is entirely peanut-free, but man, AmyD, that peanut butter chocolate shake sure sounds good!! Maybe a year and half from now when I'm done breastfeeding.....


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