That my son is allergic to peanuts???
When I was pregnant I was finnatical about avoiding the no-no....I woud not even take the tylenol my doctor recommended for my preecampsia related headaches. I got food poisoning and they gave me a prescription for something that would make me stop puking....and I was too afraid to have it filled for fear of hurting my baby.
I cut out the guilty pleasures and traded them for healthier choices.
One snack that I was recommended that contained fruit and protein and was absoutely delicious - granny smith apples with peanut butter on club crackers. for at least two months I craved this every night. No one ever tod me to limit my peanut butter intake.....peanut butter was in some of the recipes for healthful subsitutions that I was given....it was not a no-no!!!!!
When my son was about a year old, we discovered after a trip to the allergist, that he had several food allergies (eggs and soy)....but the most severe was to peanuts (when he was about 7 months I let him taste some I was eating. His eyelids, swelled and he got red whelp marks on his face and would not stop rubbing his eyes. I didn't feed it too him again, but when I ate it, the same thing happened so I had to stop eating it and ask his pediatrician who referred us to an allergist)
So now, he has the Epipen and I know what to do in case of a severe allergic reaction. My aunt even cooks him little chickens at holidays instead of him eating the fried turkey (which is fried in peanut oil).
Well, I was researching how preggos should have their steaks cooked, and the book talked about the number of peanut allergies growing in children, mostly because so many products contain peanuts, or peanut products. But it also said that mothers who ate peanuts or peanut products regularly during pregnancy were 3 timese more likely to have a child with peanut allergies....although there have never been conclusive studies to completely prove or disprove this theory.
I love chic-fil-a.....but they fry their chicken in peanut oil....so I can't have it if he is around. I have to sneak it and then brush my teeth so when I kiss him, I don't contaminate him.
I feel like it is my fault that my son has this allergy. Like I am a bad mother. I have to be very careful what I feed him and make sure others know about his allergies (like when he starts school or stays with a relative). Also, I won't be able to feed his siblings peanuts or peanut products because he would not understand why he can not have them but bro/sis can.....this is the way children think and I am afraid he would do something that could hurt him, so I want to eliminate the risk. All this only makes me feel worse
Pregnant again and I had been eating peanut butter again....until today.....
ETA: if u notice missing L's it is because my L key is sticking....sorry
Edited by nicks_hotmama06 - Feb 08 2009 at 5:38pm