(Closed) Is it safe to eat peanuts/peanut butter while pregnant?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Will you/do you consume peanuts/peanut butter while pregnant?

    No way!

    Yes, it's so yummy!

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  • Post # 17
    4801 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I eat it literally every single day and I’m 8 months pregnant. The list of things you wouldn’t be able to eat if you went by everything you’ll read about online that some small study once said might be bad or cause allergies…ugh, it’s just crazy. There were certain things I cut out of my diet, but I think I would’ve starved if I really cut out all the things I’ve seen people online imply (for ridiculous reasons) could be bad.

    Post # 18
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I hope it’s safe because I LOVE peanut butter! Lol. I would be really sad if I had to give that up once I get pregnant.

    Post # 19
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    you are only advised to avoid peanuts if there is a history of allery within the babys immediate family (mother or father) or asthma.

    My fiance is allergic to all nuts including peanuts so i was told to avoid peanuts during this pregnancy. I am however allowed to eat other nuts even though he is allergic to them himself as its only peanut allergy that can be passed on because its technically not a nut.

    Peanuts are great for slow releasing energy and help regulate blood sugars. I am missing my peanut butter 🙁 so go ahead and enjoy.

    Post # 20
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Totally fine – eat away!

    Post # 21
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @quierajen:  Yep.

    Also? You will never get my peanut butter away from me. I will bite.

    Post # 22
    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i heard that if you do avoid it, the baby will have more chance of being allergic to it post birth….

    Post # 23
    8 posts
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My family had direct experience with this issue, and NO there is absolutely no correlation between eating ANY food and having a child with allergies. It is just by chance, no matter what article you’ve read. My mother ate eggs and peanuts/nuts while pregnant with me and I have severe allergies to both. While my cousin avoided some of these foods while pregnant and her child has no food allergies whatsoever. Another cousin and a friend of mine have also developed severe peanut allergies while in their 20s. Don’t stress about it because allergies are all by chance.

    Post # 24
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I would expect that if peanut butter was considered problematic for pregnancy (or “I” was personally allergic to peanuts or peanut butter) my WIC vouchers would NOT have covered that. (I initially registered shortly after my pregnancy was confirmed last year. After my son was born in December, I got him registered on there with me, and I was re-certified as a postpartum breastfeeding mom.) I mostly had it on toast with eggs and bacon. Dh (Fi at the time of the pregnancy and birth) said that with the amount of peanut butter I had been eating throughout the course of the pregnancy, had there turned out to be a peanut allergy on our son’s end (which there was not) I would’ve miscarried.

    As far as I know, I have no food allergies of any kind. Dh on the other hand, is allergic to strawberries, so I pretty much avoided strawberries during the pregnancy in case the allergy were to appear in our son.  (My sister said though, that allergies can appear at any time.)

    Post # 25
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We’re advised to avoid it here. Other nuts are safe though.

    Post # 26
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Peanuts can be somewhat easily contaminated by aflatoxin, which is a health hazard for pregnant and non pregnant people alike. I think it’s one of those things that’s ok sometimes, but I wouldn’t make it a regular staple. You’re also better off either buying natural pb or even making your own rather than the commercial hydrogenated stuff. 

    Post # 27
    6887 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Never heard of avoiding it while pregnant. Now for mine I couldn’t eat it because that was the only thing that tasted funny to me while pregnant. 

    Post # 28
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    I hope it’s safe – It’s one of the only day time snack foods that keeps my tummy calm!

    Post # 29
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would think exposure to it would reduce the risk of allergies…

    Post # 30
    580 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I eat peanut butter everyday (or nearly everyday) and I’m 8 months pregnant. I eat it by the spoonful straight from the jar. I wouldn’t have had much to eat in those first few months if I didn’t eat it. Also, I don’t like meat very much, so it’s a good source of protein for me. 

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