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laurajane89 Sat 22-Feb-14 18:26:45

I was told not to eat nuts when I was pregnant with my first so I never but im pregnant again now and I am craving peanuts. Am I allowed them?

squizita Sat 22-Feb-14 18:28:02

NHS now says yes. No link to allergies established. Tuck in! (Also check mumsnet what to eat page, says same).

YuccanLiederHorticulture Sat 22-Feb-14 18:32:34

At the moment the are cautiously recommending eating some nuts as they suspect (but haven't yet proved convincingly) that actually avoiding all nuts in pregnancy can INCREASE the risk of allergies, and if you eat nuts when pregnant you can help protect against allergies developing later. (i.e. yes exactly the opposite of what used to be recommended). But they aren't sure yet.

squizita Sat 22-Feb-14 18:39:16

The NHS is pretty sure! They've changed their official guidance (they are very risk averse and do not do this lightly).

Aoifebelle Sat 22-Feb-14 18:50:19

Oops never heard of this one. I have been wolfing down nuts of all varieties.

squizita Sat 22-Feb-14 18:56:15

Aoife I checked and triple checked ... Seriously it is fine and I'm the biggest worrywort on MN.

lljkk Sat 22-Feb-14 18:56:52

basically the advice for a while was to not eat them in case they caused allergies, but allergy rates soared while that advice was active, so now the advice is fine to eat them yourself as evidently, being advised to avoid them doesn't prevent allergies!

Countries where nut allergies are least common have very little advice about avoiding them. Make of that what you will.

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