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Shanice Young is three months pregnant with her second child, and has some nutty cravings.

"I'm kind of like addicted to Hersheys with almonds."

The 27-year-old eats some form of nuts just about every day. A new study finds mothers who eat nuts while pregnant are less likely to have children with peanut or tree nut allergies.

"Women who ate peanuts and tree nuts more than five times a week their children had 30% reduction in allergies," says Dr. Michael Young of Harvard Medical School.

The number of kids with peanut allergies in the U.S. has more than tripled in the past two decades.

Those allergies cause everything from skin reactions to abdominal issues to severe respiratory problems, even death.

While nuts are a good source of protein and folic acid to prevent birth defects, doctors want more proof before they recommend pregnant women eat more of them.

"We need more evidence before we can say with certainty that women should eat nuts during pregnancy to prevent nut allergy in their children," says Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Shanice's first child - three-year-old Lennox has no known allergies.

"If my normal diet is preventing my unborn child from getting a nut allergy great!"

Now she's hoping for a healthy baby girl.

The study warns that women who are allergic to nuts should continue to avoid them while pregnant.

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