Post # 1
Some things I’ve seen a lot to avoid, such as high-mercury fish, raw fish, lunch meat, unpasturized dairy, raspberry tea, etc.
Other things I’ve seen randomly mentioned, mostly in people’s forum posts or comments on articles. Such as mango.
Is there a comprehensive list anywhere?
Post # 3
Post # 4
Mango? Really? Didn’t know that one. I didn’t know until we started TTC that I couldn’t have runny eggs, unpasteurized cheese or lunch meat. Should have been obvious, but I just never thought about it…big le sigh, since those are three of my favorite things…
Post # 5
Do you have a What to Expect When You’re Expecting book? I found that a great go-to resource and read it cover to cover.
Post # 6
Post # 7
I think I would look at the source. American Pregnancy seems a touch more credible.
I also second picking up a WTEWYE book. 🙂
Post # 8
I thought raspberry tea was supposed to be good for you durring pregnancy.
Post # 9
According to “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting”:
Some commercial herbal teas are considered safe to drink both during pregnancy and the preconception period (for instance, peppermint, citrus, and ginger), but others may not be. … Check with your prenatal practitioner or an herb-knowledgeable doctor who knows that you’re trying to get pregnant for a list of herbs to avoid (among those usually making the list: red raspberry leaf, southernwood, wormwood, mugwort, barberry, tansy, mandrake root, juniper, pennroyal, nutmeg, arbor vitae, and senna).
Post # 10
Sushi is also off limits. Except the kinds that are made with cooked fish. I’ve read to stay away from store bought sushi all together, cooked or not.
I’ve also been told to avoid herbal teas. Red Raspberry Leaf tea is often used at the end of pregnancy to induce labor.
Post # 11
I’ve heard that runny eggs are also a no-no
Post # 12
I also have learned that dairy fat is not good for women (three years before expecting) because it contains toxins, specifically dioxin. I tried to steer clear, but I am a WI girl and I love ice cream and cheese :/ Also beef contains dioxin. But it depends how “good” or hardcore you can/ want to be.
Post # 13
@Mrs. Menard to Be :
I’m very sad about the sushi. 🙁
Liquor obviously. 😀
Caffeine limited to under 200mg, don’t forget to account for caffeine in chocolate, coffee/chocolate ice cream, green tea, etc. HERE’s a good list with avg amounts of caffeine in daily items.I’ve pretty much taken myself down to 1/2 a cup of coffee a day and that’s it. That’s it.
Raw meat so if you like your meat more on the side of raw it should be more medium well now.
Deli meat, can cause listeria and miscarriage
Did someone post this list from APA already?
And to err on the side of caution I’m adhering to these rules during TTC as well. But that 1.5ish week period after Aunt Flo comes and before ovulation is fair game for me!
Post # 14
If you really want to be specific about what to avoid, you can always look up the rationale behind each one. For example, undercooked eggs are on the list because of the risk of salmonella… but if you can find pasteurized eggs, those are generally ok. Also, plenty of (usually midwives) practitioners actually recommend red raspberry leaf tea esp. during the 3rd trimester to help “tone” the uterus, and while some think it’s ok to drink throughout pregnancy, others will recommend that you abstain during earlier pregnancy especially if you have a history of, or increased risk of, miscarriage.
Post # 15
Most herbal teas tell you on the package whether or not they are safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
Re: raspberry leaf tea, you are only supposed to avoid it during the 1st trimester because it affects the uterus and can lead to de-implantation and thus miscarriage. My midwife practice (I am not preggo, just go there for well woman visits so far) is a huge believer in raspberry leaf tea (2 glasses every day!) during the 2nd and 3rd trimester – it is supposed to help prepare your body for birth… ? Anyway, here is what it says on their (my midwifery practice’s) website:
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: Important herb during pregnancy
Red raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries to promote fertility, relieve menstrual cramps, provide nourishment during pregnancy, and prepare for labor. It is full of calcium and acts to nourish and tone the uterus. It does not cause contractions; it helps the uterus grow beautifully and makes labor effective when it occurs. Its use is helpful in avoiding pitocin augmentation and postpartum hemorrhage. It can be started in the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
Post # 16
I’ve heard to stay away from frozen yogurt.
There are also ways around some of the things you are supposedly not supposed to have like lunch meats. If you heat it up for a few seconds it’s usually safe to eat. Plus, when you’re not feeling so hot sometimes all you want is a sandwich. 🙂