Will I Give My Baby an Allergy if I Eat Peanuts While I'm Pregnant

Will eating peanuts, peanut butter, or shrimp give my unborn baby allergies to these foods if I eat them in pregnancy? Well you are in the right place because Dr. Puke NoMo is going to share with you all the details about possible food allergies your baby can have! 

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Will I give my baby an allergy if I eat peanut butter?

You are pregnant, congratulations! But wait, here is another do or don’t question, right? Will eating peanut butter or shrimps make your unborn baby develop an allergy? Should you eat peanut butter and shrimps while pregnant? Here is what you should know about eating peanut butter and shrimps before having your baby.

When you are pregnant, your body becomes sensitive to the type of food you eat, and it may react differently. It is no surprise that you may be afraid that eating some foods may make your baby have an allergy.

According to the center for disease control and prevention (CDC), about 1 in 13 children develop a food allergy. Peanut butter is one of the most common foods known to cause allergies across all age groups. In fact, in North America, approximately 1.4 of children have peanut and tree nuts allergies.

Can Pregnant Women Eat Peanut Butter?

Before the year 2000, it used to be believed that a pregnant woman who ate peanut butter could potentially cause her unborn baby to have an allergy to peanut butter. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) used to recommend all pregnant women to avoid eating peanut butter, especially if they had allergies in their nuclear family for this reason. 

However, with advancement in science and technology the claim that eating peanut butter causes your baby to have allergy have been overturned. Reliable evidence showed that eating peanut butter positively affected allergy, which compelled the AAP to withdraw their recommendation in 2008.

Should you, therefore, eat peanut butter while pregnant? YES! Provided you, yourself, is not allergic to peanut butter. Findings suggest eating peanut butter while pregnant actually may reduce the chances of your baby having an allergy. This is because they trigger your unborn child's immune system to learn to tolerate peanut butter and protect him from peanut butter allergy.

Eating peanut butter while pregnant can also improve your pregnancy outcome. It is rich in protein that helps with the growth of your baby. Besides, it's a great source of antioxidants and folate that helps develop your baby's central nervous system and prevent birth defects.

Can Pregnant Women Eat Shrimp?

Yes! Shrimp is low mercury-containing seafood thus safe during pregnancy. Other low mercury seafood you can eat during pregnancy are sardines, salmons, and catfish.

While it is safe to eat shrimp during pregnancy, should avoid not exceed 12 ounces per week of shrimp. Also, make sure you don’t take lousy shrimp that can harm your baby.

On the other hand, you should avoid seafood with high mercury, such as King mackerel, bigeye tuna, and marlin.

Can Babies Have Allergies in the Womb?

While allergies are caused by the interplay of genetic factors and environmental factors, they can happen before your baby is born. If you have a child with an allergy or your partner has an allergic condition, there is an increased risk of your baby developing allergies while in the womb.

Common Food Allergies in Babies

Your baby has a food allergy when his body develops an abnormal reaction to a particular food. Here are common food allergies in babies:

  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish.

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You can tell your sensitive baby has a food allergy if he vomits, diarrhea, have difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, swelling, and cramps after taking a particular food.

October 29, 2021 by Dr. Jacqueline Darna

Can I Wear High Heels While Pregnant

Doubting about whether you should wear high heels while pregnant or not? You are not alone. There are hundreds of women asking the same questions over and over again. Today you will learn all the details about wearing heels during pregnancy and how it can impact your body and baby.

Can I wear high heels while pregnant?

When you are pregnant, your growing baby becomes the center of your attention. You go to the extent of avoiding certain things that may compromise the health of your growing baby. One such thing is to avoid wearing high heels. At the end of this article, you will know why wearing high heels during pregnancy is not a good idea.

Why should you avoid wearing high heels during pregnancy?

Many women who are used to wearing high heels find it challenging to avoid them while pregnant. But if you care for your unborn baby and yourself, wearing high heels is something to do away with until you have your baby. Here are reasons why you let go of high heels while pregnant.

  • Back pain
  • Pregnancy alters your body shape. The growing baby bump increases the weight of your body in your belly, causing pain. Wearing high heels makes the back pain even worse. They raise your center of gravity and shift your balance forward.

    Besides, pregnancy hormones make your ligament in your lower back, pelvis and lower limbs loosen and weak. High heels exert more pressure on your back joints and pelvis, resulting in back pain, joint pain, and joint instability. Therefore, let go of high heels while pregnant can significantly help in reducing back pain.

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    Here are other home remedies for the back while pregnant.

    • Wear low-heeled and sturdier shoes with better arch support.
    • Learn to maintain good posture, such as standing up straight, holding your chest tight, and avoiding locking your knees.
    • Practice sleeping on your side while bending one or both knees.
    • Perform moderate regular physical exercises such as walking.
  • Cramps on the calf muscles
  • Pregnancy worsens calf muscle cramps when you regularly wear high heels alter the position of the calf muscle.

  • Alter the balance
  • Pregnancy hormones and gaining extra weight while pregnant lower your ankles' strength, reducing the ability to maintain the balance of your body. Wearing heels increase your likelihood of losing balance and falling. This can make you and the unborn sustain injury.

  • Miscarriage
  • Miscarriage is one of the most common things that every pregnant woman doesn’t wish to happen. Therefore, you should avoid anything that increases your chances of having a miscarriage, including wearing high heels.

    High heels threaten your pregnancy by making reducing your balancing capacity leading to twisting and falls.

  • Lower limb swelling
  • Wearing high heels while pregnant won’t be comfortable as before. They worsen swelling at your ankles, feet, and legs, which are common when pregnant. Accumulation of fluid and the swelling of your lower limb may cause pain.

    Can you take advice while pregnant?

    The best thing to do when pregnant is to avoid wearing high heels. But, if you can’t really let go of heels while pregnant, then take this advice;

    • Wear low heels during the first trimester. During this period, pregnancy hormones are relatively low, and your muscles are less stretched.
    • Practice wearing sturdier and low heels.
    • Wear loose and comfortable shoes. This will reduce the swelling of your feet.
    • Let go of stilettos or kitten heels. They are thin, thus reduce your capacity to maintain balance.
    • Take breaks when you have to wear heels throughout the day. This allows your feet to relax before wearing heels again.
    • Do not stand for long when wearing heels during pregnancy. Instead, sit around regularly.
    • Try to replace high heels with flats during the day.
    • Practice stretching exercises when you experience calf pain while wearing high heels. Massaging your calf muscles might also help.

    While high heels may be fancy, wearing them while pregnant is not a good idea. Try being cautious if you have to wear high heels.

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