Avoiding Peanuts During Pregnancy?

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QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Somebody told me to not eat peanuts while pregnant. Is this true?

ANSWER

In general, if you, your baby's father or a close family member in either of your families has a history of food allergies it is advised that you stay away from peanuts and/or products that may contain traces of peanuts during your pregnancy. The fetus can be exposed to food allergens and may develop a peanut allergy if he/she has a predisposition.

However, this can be a controversial issue so if you have concerns you should speak to your OB/GYN.

-- Kimberly A. Tessmer, R.D., L.D.