Add another food to the list of things you shouldn’t eat while you’re pregnant — peanuts could be detrimental to your baby!
A new study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that women who ate peanuts while pregnant were more likely to have children with a severe peanut allergy.
According to researchers, “infants in the study whose mothers reported eating peanuts at least twice a week during pregnancy were nearly three times more likely than other infants to have levels of peanut antibodies high enough to suggest a lurking peanut allergy.”
Interestingly, the researchers were quick to deny a direct link between the two, because the babies in the study were either suspected of having an allergy to eggs and dairy or had one confirmed, and thus were “already more likely to be… susceptible to peanut allergies.”
Dr. Robert Wood, a pediatric allergist at Johns Hopkins and the author of Food Allergies for Dummies, cautions pregnant women to keep in mind that, as he told the National Enquirer, “the nuts can trigger an allergic response in babies already prone to a reaction.”
It definitely makes you think, especially if you have a history of food allergies in your family. Approximately one percent of American children have a peanut allergy.