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I know you aren't supposed to give a baby under 1 honey. Is it safe to eat honey while pregnant? I have been putting honey in my tea to sweeten it and today was told that you shouldn't eat honey while pregnant. I would think that only raw honey would be off limits.
Actually babies under 1 (or 6 months depending on who you ask) shouldn't have honey because
Although honey is a natural, healthy food that normally cannot support bacterial life, it's important to note that it can carry C. botulinum spores which may be harmful to the undeveloped immune systems of infants.Infants up to one year of age should not be fed raw honey, as their immune systems are not yet developed enough to fend off this normally benign strain.
So honey is safe for us, because we can fight off this pretty normal strain that we digest more often then I'd like to think.
It is not due to allergies, although for some families that may be in addition. Its a maturity issue (which of course means premies still go buy adjusted age)
You know. if we did listen to everything ppl say or internet says, we would eat nothing but celery and crackers. so i totally agree with you but heres what brings up a good question.
What about our parents/grandparents, etc. they didnt have the "knowledge" we have today, and we all turned out alright, did we not?? )
I'm sure eating honey while pregnant is just fine, it wasn't on the list of things to avoid that I originally got from my doctor. I could ask my midwife today at my appointment just to check though. As far as I'm aware, you're only not suppose to give honey to a child under one year of age due to possible allergic reaction can can be fatal to a baby.
The ONLY reason you are not allowed to give a child honey under 1 is because its a very allergenic food along with nuts and eggs. You are definetly allowed honey during pregnancy.
Ummm. Very interesting but innaccurate answer. The reason is not due to allergens, it is however because raw honey can cause botulism due to the low acid levels in an infant's digestive tract. While in utero, the fetus is not at risk because the mother's body processes the honey before it reaches it. Please check out this link, it was very helpful for me (take the spaces out of the address and change the word "dot" to a period before you try to reach it):