Avoiding Peanuts During Pregnancy?

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.

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.