If this is your first pregnancy you’re most likely worried and freaking out about everything you’re eating and drinking, how hard you’re working out or the lack there of, how fast you’re walking, how much pressure your putting on your belly while laying on your stomach or side- are you allowed to lay on your stomach???-if your water is purified, if you’re allowed to eat fish, if that milk has too many hormones in it, if your bath water was too hot…..
Was it just me?
I can’t tell you how often I did something and then ran to my computer and became worst enemies with Google. Internet + Google + Pregnant Women = VERY BAD IDEA.
Let me tell you about this one time. I ate lox on a bagel. It tasted delicious. Until the last bite when it hit me that you’re not suppose to eat raw fish while you’re pregnant!! Crap. I wanted to throw up in my mouth. I called my husband and we’re panicked and worried. Well, why did you eat it? I didn’t know! I forgot! Look it up online and see what is says. It’s not good! Lox is bad!! The baby! The baby!!
Then I was freaking out because I had smoked salmon flavored cream cheese. (I like fish okay?!) Is there real fish in that? How do they make it? Check the ingredients!!
Oh, Dear Heavens. Let me tell you about a few of the no-no’s that are indeed “don’t do’s” during pregnancy but that are okay in moderation.
I did not drink a single ounce (okay, maybe like three) of caffeine during pregnancy. This was not too hard for me because I don’t drink much caffeine anyway besides Diet Coke. (Yes, that means I don’t drink coffee. It is possible to function without it. I’m just super women.) I had heard and read that caffeine during pregnancy was not a good idea. Really, a little bit isn’t going to harm your baby. I actually know many mothers who continue to drink their daily soda or coffee a day (by just cutting back a little) and have a baby of perfection!
I had raw fish. I survived and so did my baby. I will say though, that was the only piece of raw fish I ate! I don’t think raw fish is something to risk at all, so take precautions and avoid it if possible.
I am ridiculous enough to admit to you that I actually avoided baths- a deep love of mine- because I thought the water was too hot. For heavens sake mama- just get in the tub! The last few weeks I did take more baths. I made sure to never get too hot, have the room well ventilated, and get out when I felt too warm. And the bath’s felt so nice and relaxing. They made my huge self feel better and reduced my stress. Now that I think about it, the water in my birth tub at the hospital was hotter than mine at home!
Deli Meat is not recommend because of the bacteria Listeria. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of deli meet anyways because I think deli meet is sort of fake. How they start with a turkey and end with a slab of slimy leather is beyond me. If you choose to eat deli meat – warm it up first so it kills most of the bacteria. I did have a few Quizno sandwiches towards the end of my pregnancy. Because they were “toasted” I felt in the clear.
The most important thing to remember is that stressing about this stuff may actually be worse than doing! Stress is not good for your or your baby. So relax!
I’m not implying that it’s okay to eat raw fish, drink caffeine, take hot tubs or do any of the things we’re suppose to avoid- I just want you to know that a little bit of anything isn’t going to hurt you. Moderation is key. You should always take extra precaution during pregnancy and be as safe and healthy as possible. If you have done something that is on the list of don’ts – tell your doctor about it and he or she can let you know what you need to do and can (hopefully) make you feel better about it.
There are three things I believe should be avoided 100% during pregnancy no ifs ands or buts about it.
Alcohol. Drugs. Smoking.
Don’t know why those are bad? Google it.
What about you? Did you eat anything on the “don’t” list? Are you living to tell about it?