We are so blessed that neither my son, nor my niece Julia, have any food allergies. Having your child suffer with allergies – especially life threatening allergies – must be such a nightmare! To all of you living through this challenge, my heart goes out to you. (One of our good friends’ little boys has severe tree nut allergies and it is so terrifying! And I have read of many of my blogging friends like Janeen whose children have allergies, and it is not an easy road!)
I was so nervous that my son might be born with allergies, that I avoided peanuts and peanut butter while I was pregnant and nursing. I did the same during my last pregnancy.
But this time, I have been craving peanut butter sooooo badly that I have gone peanut butter crazy! I am eating peanut butter and jam toast every day!!! I can’t seem to stop. For some reason, even when I am feeling so nauseated, peanut butter toast goes done. I don’t know what to do! I can’t stop!!!
According to the experts, you can read articles here, here, and here, there is reason to believe that avoiding nuts during pregnancy might help protect our children, but the studies are inconclusive. And although I am probably pretty safe to eat peanuts during pregnancy, (we aren’t at high risk for food allergies since the only allergies in our family are hay fever and animal allergies,) I think I should stop anyway.
I just can’t believe how much I am craving it – who could imagine being addicted to peanut butter?!? But I just have to remember that if my child gets a nut allergy – bye bye nuts forever!
So what about you? Did you eat nuts while pregnant and nursing? As I said, the studies are pretty inconclusive, but I just have a gut feeling that I should stop. What do you think?