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First, I have to say that I really really love peanut butter. I loved it as a kid, I loved it in high school when I felt too skinny and needed to snack a lot, I loved it in college when I could keep the jar and a spoon by my bed just in case I needed a snack.

And now that I'm pregnant, I love it.

Because I realized early that when I'm hungry (which is constant) I can't eat some chips or a granola bar and feel satisfied anymore, I need some protein or something real, and most resources I've found discourage me from emergency cheeseburger runs. But peanut butter just does it for me! On crackers, on carrots, I don't care, it's just so wonderful.

But it occurred to me that maybe I should make sure an excess of peanut butter during pregnancy wasn't going to, like, turn my baby orange or something, so I did some googling and the first website that came up was some cautionary deal about peanut allergies. Immediately I went into "oh crap" mode. I was going to give the kid allergies? There was some text about "should not eat peanuts or peanut products during pregnancy" and I clicked. That's when I read the whole page, that had this DARING CAUTION:

Women who are allergic to peanuts should not eat peanuts or peanut products during pregnancy

Oh thank you, that's very enlightening. As if a woman with peanut allergies is going to randomly try the stuff while pregnant, thinking her fetus is a magic coma block or something? I was seriously about to start my own website of FEAR with gems like:
  • Pregnant women should not ride bicycles through Chernobyl.
  • Pregnant women should not use drinking straws made of lead.
  • Pregnant women should not drink orange juice that has been mixed with vodka.
  • Pregnant women should not drive cars off cliffs.
  • Pregnant women should not wear damp clothes near fallen power lines.
Not saying that march of dimes is a website of fear, it's really pretty good. The rest of the article went on to tell me that my staple food is just fine. In fact it's a wonderful source of folate. To be extra healthy, I've switched to organic. And to diversify, I eat creamy at work and crunchy at home. But the whole thing just highlights the fact that no matter what you search for in the world of pregnancy-related searches, you will find something that you are not supposed to do. It's freaking annoying.



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Jan. 13th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
well technically peanuts are legumes.
Jan. 13th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
i think your onto a great website idea!
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
doctor's advice - stay off the internet
You've probably seen it, but I like this article and the associated comments:
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Bwahaha! I love that. ♥ Ah, internet, you never fail me.
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Pregnant women should not surgically implant a carton of cigarettes into womb in order to introduce fetus to smoking.
Jan. 13th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Good for you. If I ever get pregnant, I plan to violate many of the diet and activity restrictions rampantly. I will eat soft cheese, bastards.
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
hahaha I eat soft cheeses as the milk here is pasteurised - that's the issue I guess. So far so good. although I started having an aversion to them. so yeah. ah well....
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
but allergies might be something to consider...
I know of babies who were born with allergies that neither mom or dad have, and peanut allergies are up there with things that new moms should be careful about.

I don't think there is a way to test allergies in a fetus, so maybe it doesn't make a lot of sense to even worry about it. I know moms who super analyze everything they take into their body when pregnant, and I know moms who just eat whatever they want.

I am sure little spacefem will let you know when you are eating things that don't agree him/her.
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I've gone through at least a jar of peanut butter every month, so I'd be in big trouble too if it was something we weren't supposed to touch.

Also, don't laugh too hard about the warning that pregnant woman allergic to peanuts shouldn't eat peanut butter; because a medical disorder known as "pica" is particularly prevalent in pregnant woman.

Pica is a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive (e.g., clay, coal, soil, feces, chalk, paper, soap, mucus, ash, gum etc.) or an abnormal appetite for some things that may be considered foods, such as food ingredients (e.g., flour, raw potato, raw rice, starch, ice cubes, salt).
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Just watch out for aflatoxin.
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
I love your rules. They made my day. :D
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
As if a woman with peanut allergies is going to randomly try the stuff while pregnant, thinking her fetus is a magic coma block or something?

twilight spoilers?
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