Smart Woman: Pregnant Women and Nut Allergies

Published 12/23 2013 06:49PM

Updated 12/23 2013 06:55PM

Shanice Young is three months pregnant with her second child, and has some nutty cravings.

The 27 year-old eats some form of nuts just about every day. A new study finds mothers who eat nuts while pregnant are less likely to have children with peanut or tree nut allergies.

Women who ate peanuts and tree nuts more than five times a week their children had 30 percent reduction in allergies.

The number of kids with peanut allergies in the US has more than tripled in the past two decades.
Those allergies cause everything from skin reactions to abdominal issues to severe respiratory problems, even death.

While nuts are a good source of protein and folic acid to prevent birth defects, doctors want more proof before they recommend pregnant women eat more of them.

Shanice's first child, three year old Lennox, has no known allergies.

the study warns that women who are allergic to nuts should continue to avoid them while pregnant.

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