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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.