Monday, 15 December 2008

if everyone just listened to me, stuff like this wouldn't happen

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding do not have to avoid peanuts, even if there is a family history of allergy, food safety experts have said.

Current advice says where there are allergies on either the mother's or father's side, women may wish to avoid peanuts in pregnancy.

But the Food Standards Agency says recent studies show no evidence of increased allergy risk in this group. [source]

Oh, this vexes me so. As if the list of Naughty Things in pregnancy and breastfeeding isn't long enough, they're telling us to avoid things that aren't even harmful. I never bought into the avoiding peanuts thing (as evidenced by my massive consumption of peanut butter in all of my pregnancies) because it just didn't make sense to me. See! I told you so! Hmph.

I eagerly await a forthcoming "Sorry, Yes - You CAN Actually Eat Sushi During Pregnancy" study.

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