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Just eaten a handful of peanuts- am now scared

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Tweet2tweet Fri 04-Jan-13 14:53:09

I was at a friends and absent mindly ate a handful of peanuts. I am 26 wks pregnant and my DH has a severe nut allergy. I don't have any nutballergy but an worried that baby may be hurt as I have consumed the peanuts. Does anyone know whether they can cause harm to baby?

Spoke to MW and she just said at they wouldn't recommend eating them, but didn't tell me what could happen now I have. Am really angry at myself.

TwitchyTail Fri 04-Jan-13 14:55:08

They're not on the banned list any more. Your midwife needs to get up to date.

I've been eating peanut butter like there's no tomorrow.

FoofFighter Fri 04-Jan-13 14:56:39

UNless there is nut allergy in your or your partner's family then avoiding peanuts is not recommended these days smile Your MW is shockingly out of date!

FoofFighter Fri 04-Jan-13 14:57:29

I'd even go as far as to say my own opinion is that the banning of peanuts in pregnancy led to the increase in the allergy situation.

RobinsBaubleSparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 14:57:42

I imagine that the risk of anything happening is minuscule so please try not to worry.

I'm pretty sure that I ate peanuts in my pregnancy although we have no allergies in our family. However, I think you are only advised against it if you do because of a small risk of the baby being allergic? I'm not completely sure but someone more knowledgeable than me will probably be along in a minute.

Gumby Fri 04-Jan-13 15:00:01

I'd avoid them as you're dh has a severe nut allergy

Tweet2tweet Fri 04-Jan-13 15:01:58

Thanks everyone, am just worried that baby may have anaphylactic shock. When I asked MW whether that could happen she said that's why they don't recommend eating them, so that made me feel great! I have been drinking lots of water to try and flush my system. I'd say there were about 8 nuts in handful.

RobinsBaubleSparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 15:02:44

Just looked at the NHS website and it says that there is no clear link between eating peanuts while pregnant and babies developing allergies.

You'll be fine! smile

Tweet2tweet Fri 04-Jan-13 15:03:58

I normally do avoid and just wasn't thinking. Haven't eaten any before now and won't again, just really worried as if DH has can a baby in womb have an anaphylactic shock or other serious reaction?

Flosshilde Fri 04-Jan-13 15:04:27

I spent my entire first trimester stuffing myself with salted peanuts as they were all I could stomach. Please don't worry.

Tweet2tweet Fri 04-Jan-13 15:04:59

Thanks robinsbaublessparkles- that's a relief.

RobinsBaubleSparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 15:05:01

I wouldn't have thought that an unborn baby could have an allergic reaction in utero. I think it's more to do with the risk of the baby developing an allergy after birth.

Emsyboo Fri 04-Jan-13 15:36:22

I don't think peanut allergies can react in utero (no expert though) I think it WAS just recommended to prevent allergies.
Is baby still moving as normal etc? If so you will be fine - not that I think there will be a problem but movements can be more reassuring than advice from strangers online smile
If you are really concerned can you ask to get a Doppler check and listen to heart beat just for your peace of mind I anymore concerned on how worried you are than any affect the peanuts may have smile

worsestershiresauce Fri 04-Jan-13 15:48:44

My consultant told me not to cut out things peanuts and nuts. He thinks the increase in allergies is down to lack of exposure due to mothers avoiding them.

TwitchyTail Fri 04-Jan-13 15:49:53

Your baby won't get anaphylactic shock in utero! Don't worry.

Old advice was based on the possibility of developing allergies in later life, as has been said. This was not evidence based and so has since been revoked.

A baby with a parent who has a severe allergy is more likely to develop one themselves - but this is regardless of foods eaten by the mother while pregnant.

Given the dubious nature of things that are still on the list of foods to avoid, the fact that peanuts have been removed from this list is almost a guarantee of its safety grin

GoldenGreen Fri 04-Jan-13 15:55:41

The research is inconclusive, as others have said. Someone on here will know more than me about allergens, but I do think that now you have had some, there is little point in avoiding peanuts from now on - the exposure has happened.

Muminwestlondon Fri 04-Jan-13 15:59:56

Can you actually get anaphylaxis in utero or did you mean more likely to develop once born?

I think predispostion to allergies does run in families but the same allergy is not necessarily inherited. My sister is badly allergic to cat fur and feather but not nuts and neither DH or I are allergic to anything, though both my children have mild nut allergy and DD2 is allergic to horses and dogs which is a lot more inconvenient!

I heard that nut oils in moisturisers were suggested as a cause of childhood allergy, I don't know if that idea has also been discounted.

CrackleMauve Fri 04-Jan-13 16:10:36

I posted on your other thread but reposting here as I didn't spot the duplicate. Your baby will be fine, Government advice is that peanuts are fine in pregnancy, no mention of avoiding if allergies in family.

You'll be fine. The advice on eating nuts was changed as there isn't any evidence that eating or not eating nuts while pregnant makes a difference to allergies in children.

Some links to help reassure you.

www.food.gov.uk/policy-advice/allergyintol/peanutspregnancy#.UOb-LmtYCK0

www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9503860/Eating-nuts-in-pregnancy-reduces-chance-of-childhood-allergy.html#

12ylnon Fri 04-Jan-13 16:18:05

Don't panic! I have allergies and asked my mw this exact question. She said it's fine- could even be beneficial to have a few. She said to be sensible about it (i.e. having some every now and again as opposed to an entire bag every day!)
You'll be fine.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 04-Jan-13 16:22:04

There was an article in the BMJ a couple of years ago suggesting a very strong link between the advice to avoid nuts and specifically peanuts in pregnancy and the high rise in allergy.

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