About KimberlyBook Kimberly
Kimberly in the Press
Mocha Manual Media & Consulting
Advertise With Us

Nutty Information: What’s a Pregnant Woman to Do?

As Black women, we’re used to obsessing over our hair and finding the perfect foundation, but when you’re pregnant you worry about every morsel that passes your lips and you stress your nutritional intake on a whole ‘notha level. If there’s one thing you may have thought was safe during pregnancy, it’s a nice, healthy, take-you-back-to-your-childhood, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

But a new report this week by Dutch researchers, found a link between pregnant women who eat nuts or nut products and asthma in their children. The study said these women raised the risk of asthma in their children by 50 percent.

This is particularly interesting for black women, since our children already have alarmingly high rates of asthma anyway. And there’s been a lot of debate about what’s behind the higher asthma rates in our community.

The good news is, the study also showed that moderate amounts of nutty stuff did not seem to have an effect, meaning it is too soon to say whether pregnant women should give up nuts all together, because they do contain many important nutrients and healthy fats a developing fetus needs.

In their study, more than 4,000 pregnant women completed a dietary questionnaire that asked whether they consumed vegetables, fresh fruit, fish, eggs, milk, milk products, nuts and nut products rarely, regularly or daily. The researchers then assessed the children’s diets and looked to see who had developed asthma over an eight-year period. Children whose mothers ate as little as one peanut butter sandwich a day had a far higher risk of asthma.

I’m sure there will be much debate on these findings, and some moms-to-be choose to err on the side of caution rather than risk it, but that’s a call for you to make.
What’s your opinion on this nutty nugget?

Leave A Comment