Don't Go Nuts During Pregnancy

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April 21, 2010

For the nine months you're carrying, cut back on peanuts and peanut butter. A new study found that eating lots of these can raise your baby's chance of developing asthma symptoms by almost 50 percent. Dutch researchers studied about 4,000 women and their children-less than half with an allergy or asthma history-for eight years. The findings: daily consumption of these foods by a mom-to-be increases the chances of her child's having wheezing problems by 42 percent, having regular shortness of breath by 58 percent, and needing steroids to east asthma symptoms by 62 percent. Scientists say they're not sure if other nuts, such as almonds and pecans, also have a negative effect. To be safe, limit snacking on nuts to a few times weekly, or have 1 cup of low-fat milk or yogurt instead for a good serving of protein.

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