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Peanuts in Pregnancy

Should pregnant women avoid peanuts to decrease their child’s risk of peanut allergy?

October 6, 2009 |
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Are there any other circumstances when otherwise healthy foods might be harmful? Fact or fiction: pregnant women should avoid peanuts to decrease their child’s risk of peanut allergy. Fact or fiction?
Where did anyone even get such an idea in the first place? From the American Academy of Pediatrics, but, they’re wrong. Says who?
The American Academy of Pediatrics. Who just reversed their position last year.

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Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out theother videos on peanuts. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on peanuts. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Quinn

    Hello. I am writing this in hopes to clear my conscious. I have an 11 month old who I am still breast feeding a couple times a day. I was not concerned of allergies, because I eat pretty healthy. Before I go any further, I did look into this topic when I was pregnant, because I have eaten the natural peanut butter at least once a day for the past 5 years. Yes I know I am somewhat of a fiend, but I am at a healthy weight, eat a variety of other foods, and exercise moderate to intensely every day. My heart has been broken lately though after giving my son a lick of my PB2 spoon. He immediately wiped his mouth, coughed and within 5 minutes, developed hives around his mouth. My husband is a physician and wanted to see for himself weeks later, so he gave him a lick of regular peanut butter. He still coughed, then became disinterested in eating and developed a red spot on his cheek. This occurrence was no where nearly as dramatic as with the PB2. A couple weeks later, he decided to try for the last time again with the PB2. Once again our son reacted just like the first introduction. Needless to say, I am heartbroken knowing my son will not get to enjoy a Pb sandwich, thai food, or peanuts at a baseball game. What did I do wrong? I was in transition to vegan during pregnancy, maybe ate meat 2 times a week. I have never been a fan of milk. I read somewhere recently that the peanut allergy was linked to breast feeding mothers who consumed peanuts. I believe the study was from Australia. The baby apparently is introduced to a protein in the peanut transmitted through the breast milk. So in connection with this video, should peanuts be avoided during breastfeeding? Is there anything at all I can do to desensitize my son? If I stop eating peanut butter, will it change anything?

    • Nunya Biznez

      Did you get him vaccinated. A lot of people link vaccines to food allergies. Google taking probiotics with food allergy foods; and Google bioresonance to possibly cure him. Good luck.

  • Nunya Biznez

    I’m leaning strongly towards vaccines being the cause. Secondly, infant formula.

  • Marina

    Ppl.. so funny!