Did you eat peanut butter while pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1436 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had intentions of avoiding nuts in my pregnancy, however, I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes and so nuts became a source of protein for me to help keep my sugars under control. As my research didn’t show any concrete evidence one way or another, I decided I would “take the chance”. I’m not sure how I will handle introducing nuts when she starts eating solids. I’ll probably defer to doctors. 

Post # 3
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve read that it can go either way. Peanut butter is one of the few things I’ve been able to get down when really bad nausea strikes, so I’ve definitely been eating it. I love PB and hope my craving for it doens’t do any damage. I try to keep it in moderation, but for about 2 weeks it was my morning go-to.

Post # 4
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a 15 month old. I think the “don’t eat nuts during pregnancy” thing was an overreaction and a recommendation with little research behind it, and I think we’ll eventually discover that that may really have increased the incidence of peanut allergies in the long run. 

I ate peanut butter during pregnancy and my son started eating it (at my pediatrician’s suggestion) around 8 months. He LOVES it, and it’s a great source of protein (lots of young toddlers reject meats). I spoke to my allergist about it, too, and he said unless it’s a problem for YOU (you are personally allergic), all the evidence is pointing to continued exposure.

And it makes sense. The only allergy therapy that works is exposure therapy. Why would never allowing a baby exposure to a substance (through mom or otherwise) make their body used to eating it? 

Anyway, do what your pediatrician/OB suggest, but I think not eating nuts during pregnancy is an overreaction and bad advice. 

Post # 5
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes I’ve been eating peanut butter, I love peanut butter.  Haven’t had my baby yet though.  I have no real family history of nut allergies (outside of a cousin I think) so I’m not concerned.

Post # 6
11391 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m 32 weeks and I’ve never avoided peanut butter. I eat pb toast every single morning for breakfast! I don’t the the research is super solid either way, but it seems logical to me that what I eat would be okay for the baby to eat, so I feel good about eating peanut butter.

Post # 7
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My best friend is a doctor and ate a ton of peanut butter while pregnant with her first. Her dd is 3 now with no allergies.

Post # 8
419 posts
Helper bee

I’m not avoiding peanut butter. No family history of pb allergy. However I am allergic to caisen in milk and wonder if she will be too. ESP since she won’t be exposed in utero or in breastmilk. Hell I don’t even have dairy in the house unless my husband brings home cheese randomly. So I am assuming the odds are good she will have an issue with it as well. Google is no help with this since it’s mostly about moms that have allergic babies giving UP dairy in order to breastfeed.

Post # 9
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Since we have no family history of peanut allergies on either side, I haven’t avoided nuts. I am a HUGE peanut butter fan, and I would not know what to do without it. I eat it a lot, and I am not too concerned about an allergy at this point. Haven’t had my son yet, so only time will tell if he will develop an allergy, but I am optomistic that he will be fine.

Post # 10
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is pretty much the one thing my husband cares about in terms of what I eat/don’t eat, do/don’t do while pregnant. He’s so relaxed in general, but has really wanted to make sure I eat the common allergy foods (peanuts, nuts, strawberries, shellfish, etc.). I had no intention of avoiding them in any case, but have definitely eaten all of the above.  

Post # 11
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I ate it.  You’re supposed to.

Every class I took, every nurse/doctor I spoke to said it’s good to eat peanuts and peanut butter during pregnancy. It doesn’t hurt the baby and actually decreases the odds of a peanut allergy.

Post # 12
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I eat apples and peanut butter for lunch every single day. Its my go-to snack. There is no history of peanut allergies on either side. I doubt I’m going to stop eating the PB either anytime soon.

Post # 13
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

mickle707:  I ate it quite a bit Because i like it and it is an easy lunch. The benefits of the protein outweighed any potential risk Since the science is pretty unclear at this point. my baby is only 3 weeks old so not sure if she has an allergy yet or not.

Post # 14
7191 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I ate peanut butter throughout my pregnancy and while I’m breastfeeding.  My BFF did the same, and her dad has severe nut allergies. Her 2 year old isn’t allergic.

Post # 15
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My knowledge is that new research is that the more you expose children to things like nuts and berries, the LESS likely they are to develop allergies.

I’m of the thought that exposure to nuts does not cause allergies, its not like if you eat a peanut your body just spontaneously decides to be allergic. In fact nuts aren’t even on any list I’ve ever read of heard of to avoid during pregnancy.

I’d eat what you want. If your child is allergic to nuts, it is what it is and it’s highly unlikely that you caused it by eating peanut butter.

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