Can Eating Nuts In Pregnancy Make Your Baby Allergic?

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1. The Truth About Allergies

It’s no secret that kids today have more food allergies than kids of previous generations. Many pregnant women are concerned about contributing to this risk by eating peanuts while pregnant. However, surprising research has surfaced that suggests that women who eat peanuts and peanut products while pregnant might actually be reducing their child’s risk of developing a peanut allergy.

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Crazy, right? Read on for more info about the study that is changing the way we think about pregnant women and peanut allergies.

2. The Studies

There have been numerous studies done on the subject of pregnancy and peanut allergies. One of the biggest study was one done by Danish researchers. The study followed more than 60,000 women and children from pregnancy to the time the children were seven years old.

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The study actually found that women who avoided nut and nut products while pregnant were more likely to have children who developed a peanut allergy. Likewise, women who ate lots of nuts and nut products during pregnancy were less likely to have a child with peanut allergies. As it turns out, all that worry and avoiding pregnant women have been doing regarding peanuts and pregnancy might actually be doing more harm than good.

3. What The Experts Say

The experts are now weighing in on these new findings about pregnancy and peanut allergies as well. As the head researcher from the Danish study put it: “We found that maternal peanut and tree nut intake one or more times per week during pregnancy decreases the risk of allergic disease in childhood. These results do not support avoidance of nuts during pregnancy.” Wow, what a huge development this is.

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Another researcher that conducted a similar study in the US had a similar statement. “Our study showed increased peanut consumption by pregnant mothers who weren’t nut allergic was associated with lower risk of peanut allergy in their offspring,” said senior author Michael Young of the Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Allergy and Immunology. “Assuming she isn’t allergic to peanuts, there’s no reason for a woman to avoid peanuts during pregnancy.”

4. The Bottom Line

The truth of the matter is that we don’t truly know for sure what causes peanut allergies in children. We have all of these great new studies, which are offering more and more information, but we really don’t know 100% what the true cause of peanut allergies is and a way to avoid them in all children.

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The truth of the matter is that allergy guidelines have gone back and forth over the years, so it is hard for pregnant women to really know what to do when it comes to this topic. It is always a good idea to talk with your doctor and see what he or she recommends in regards to nut allergies and pregnancy.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.