Sensible Caution or Fear Mongering?
June 6, 2009 2:39 PM Subscribe
Did you (your wife) eat peanuts while pregnant? Did you child develop an allergy as a result?
posted by esereth to health & fitness (52 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As we consider the conception of our second child, my husband and I are having disagreements.
My husband put me off many foods when pregnant with our first. Peanuts, sea-food, even single glasses of ice tea. Our daughter was born healthy with no allergies. Husband says I couldn't live with myself if ate peanuts with this pregnancy and the child was damaged. (Neither of us have any food allergies).
I have come to believe there is a lot of fear-mongering when it comes to pregnancy and children, and I'm so sick of participating in it. I suspect most babies are tougher than the people who sell books and magazines would have me believe. Even my ob/gyn looked quizzical when I said I wasn't eating peanuts.
So I'm down to requesting anecdotal evidence. I want to know more about what DOES happen, not what we fear COULD happen. Peanuts, reasonable caffeine, sea food, mild alcohol...did you (she) imbibe in any of them and what were the effects on your child? (Especially peanuts!!)