Prenancy Question - Peanut Allergy Information

Prenancy Question

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I did a quick search on these forums to see if anyone has asked this before and couldn't find the information.

My fiance and I are planning to start a family after we get married. Are there any other severely allergic folks whose children are also allergic? I'm going make a large assumption that when we do decide to start a family, my doctor can go over information such as testing with us, but he and I are a little curious now.


On Sep 8, 2008

Hi there! I'm Anne and I have multiple food allergies including peanuts (I'm allergic to shellfish, seafood, peanuts, tree nuts, green beans, and have mild allergies to soy and wheat).

When I got pregnant with my daughter, the first thing I did was research what I could do to try to help her not develop all the allergies I have (my mild soy allergy and shellfish/seafood allergies were discovered when I was 2, my other allergies were developed around when I hit puberty between 12 and 14).

The first thing my allergist mentioned was breastfeeding. If you do a search on the web you can come up with a lot of articles about "leaky gut syndrome." Milk and soy are two very common allergens in children, and some allergists believe it is because they are exposed to it when their stomachs are still vulnerable. In kids with a higher predisposition to allergies, their chances are greatly increased.

Now, some people go to the extreme of avoiding milk and soy while breastfeeding, but my allergist said it wasn't necessary. Breast milk can contain milk/soy proteins, but as long as there is no sign of them affecting baby, there is no need to avoid them.

I did not avoid either, but I did breastfeed my daughter exclusively until 13 months. Yes, she did get table food after 6 months but I avoided the most common allergens for 18 months (so no wheat, corn, etc. for 18 months). She's now had a variety of foods (she's 4) with the exception of shellfish/seafood. She's had 2 "accidental" exposures to peanuts/tree nuts and has had no sign of reactions.

I know breastfeeding wasn't a guarantee, but I figured it was SOMETHING I could do to avoid her living with the struggles I do.

On Sep 9, 2008

I have been severely allergic to peanuts for as long as I can remember as well as allergic to a variety of other nuts. My son has been tested and is allergic to NOTHING (obviously got his fathers genes!) Neither of my parents have a life threatening allergy to anything as well as my brother, aunts, uncles, however my grandmother has LT allergy to grapes.

So don't know about any scientific data or testing but in my case, I have not passed on my allergies to my son and I did not get them from my parents.

On Sep 22, 2008

There is no scientific answer to your question. Some people think if you eat a lot of the allergenic foods (milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, shellfish, fish) then you will help your child inside of you develop tolerance and not have food allergy. Others will recommend avoidance in order to avoid the child being exposed to these food and developing allergies to them. There a studies to support both argument but none are conclusive. Since you have allergies that puts your child at a higher riske of developing a food allergy but chances are still low that will happen.