I'm in my second trimester, first pregnancy, and I've recently heard there may be risks with eating peanut butter while pregnant - the baby may develop a peanut allergy. On pregnancy forums, some pregnant women who report eating PB while pregnant had kids who developed peanut allergies and/or eczema, while some had kids who didn't develop the allergy. Either eating PB during pregnancy increases risk of developing an allergy, or it prevents developing an allergy. Obviously there's a lot of conflicting information/opinions!
For my situation, I don't have any food allergies, nor does my partner, either of our families or his sister's 3 kids, or my niece. Although my dad, who's almost 70 has developed a bit of sensitivity to shellfish in the last year or so. I'm vegetarian (since 1996) and started eating a lot of PB several weeks into my pregnancy to get more protein, like maybe 1-2 tbsp a day (i.e. in 2 sandwiches). Before that, I didn't have a lot of PB at all, but would eat peanuts on occasion (as snacks and in Thai food). I ate PB occasionally when I was a kid. I eat raw PB from the health food store (provided as peanuts that you have to grind using their machine), not processed PB from Kraft or whatever. I do eat other nuts as snacks: walnuts, cashews, almonds (raw, unsalted, unroasted).
The rest of my diet is pretty healthy, though not 100%. Vices include the occasional bag of chips or Smartfood
, a bit of chocolate/hot chocolate over the holidays. No other caffeine or tea, or any alcohol/drugs/cigarettes. I don't drink cow's milk, but soy milk a few days a week, fruit juice every so often, V8, tap water, bottled water at work, yogourt, oatmeal with flax seed, whole wheat bread and pasta (no white bread/pasta), nutritional yeast, cream cheese on whole wheat bagels, salads, tofu on occasion, bean dishes, dahl, egg salad sandwiches, hearty soups, fried rice, fruit, non-vegan muffins, sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted, unroasted). Vitamins: I take a prenatal, folate and vitamin D. I'm not on any meds.
YANAD, or MD. Hivemind, what do you think the chances are of my kid developing a peanut allergy, based on what you know, your experiences, etc.? We're also Chinese - anyone know if peanut allergies are more/less common in different ethnicities? Did you/your kids develop a peanut allergy without
your mom/you eating peanut butter? I can't seem to find info on that either. Other info: I'm 33, normal weight, exercise moderately (probably slightly less than I should). My partner is 41.