Post # 1
Darling Husband & I are in the early stages of TTC. Ditched birthcontrol, but not charting or doing ovulation tests.
I’ve been reading a lot of information about what is and isn’t safe during pregnancy. Some if it I know I will follow (no raw fish, no deli meat which I don’t eat anyway), but some of it sounds a little odd. Like only eating eggs where the yolk is completely cooked hard, so no over-easy or sunny-side-up eggs. And then some sources contridict each other, such as raspberry leaf tea, some sources say it’s great others say to avoid. Or flax seed is the same way, some sources say it increases fertility, some say it decreases.
How strictly did you follow the “food to avoid” recommendations while TTC/pregnant?
Post # 3
I have been TTC for over a year, I didn’t change my diet while TTC, and now looking back, I am glad. I have has enough to deal with, with it taking this long, and the stress that causes, without stressing over what I eat. When I finally get my BFP, I will probably stick pretty close to the recommendations for what to avoid, but it won’t be the end of the world if I sneak in a runny egg, or some soft-serve ice cream now and again.
Post # 4
I didn’t change anything while TTC, and while pregnant, the only things I changed were: no alcohol, well-done meat, and no runny eggs. Everything else I just had in moderation (caffeine, unheated deli meats, soft serve ice cream, etc…) or I didn’t eat before pregnancy, so I stuck with that (sushi, fish, etc…).
There seems to be two schools of thought on this: 1) everything in moderation or 2) avoid everything. It’s really a personal decision on what risks you feel comfortable taking and what you feel is too risky to chance. I’ve also noticed that some of it depends on personal experience in previous pregnancies or from personal ancedotes of what precations family/friends took.
Post # 5
There are a couple of rather lengthly threads about this already. There’s good stuff in them, so you may want to do a search.
I am the everything in moderation camp. Although there have been a few things that I didn’t change (one is I refuse to eat steak that isn’t med-rare). The raspberry leaf tea is something that supposedly prepares the cervix (I think) for birth. You may want to research that one a bit more but I know people tell you not to drink it before X date of pregnancy.
Post # 6
We didn’t change anything TTC. Now I watch my soft cheeses, take advantage f the excuse not to eat fish (I hate it) and heat my deli meats to steaming before I eat them. I also cut back my caffeine intake, but I still drink it now and then.
Post # 7
I didn’t do anything different while TTC.
Since being pregnant, I have given up alcohol and cut way back on diet coke (or anything with caffeine) and deli meat. That’s it. Most of the things you are supposed to avoid or eat in extreme moderation (such as tuna, or soft cheeses) I never cared for anyways, so that hasn’t really affected me.
Post # 8
For me, TTC is giving me a reason to stay on a healthy eating train. For example, I love all dairy food but I’m slightly lactose intolerant. I read a bunch online about the fertility diet and things that are supposed to help (especially for those with PCOS) and eliminating dairy was a big part of it. So even though I shouldn’t eat dairy anyway, having a baby is a good motivation for me to stick to that. I’m also not eating most processed foods, sticking to a high fruit and veggie diet, etc. for the same reasons (even though I ate pretty healthily before).
As far as eliminating I try to stay away from soft serve (I don’t beat myself up over having some fro-yo here and there), I’ve cut out caffeine and I heat deli meats. I also don’t drink alcohol but I never drank that much before anyway.
Post # 9
We’re getting close to TTC, so I’m enjoying my soft cheeses right now. I cut back a lot on alcohol in preparation for no alcohol. It helps that I love LaCroix because I’ll be able to manage better without lots of caffeine from diet coke then.
Post # 10
While TTC (the whole 1 cycle of it) I didn’t change my diet. Once finding out I’m pregnant I’ve cut down on caffeine, heat my deli meat, etc. I’m in the everything in moderation camp though! But, even though I LOVE sushi it’ll have to wait till the baby is born. But, I don’t really like soft cheeses or runny eggs, so I’m not missing out. And I’ve found I LOVE sandwiches with heated deli meat – I totally recommend it, lol.
Post # 11
@brox: I love LaCroix too!
The only thing I plan to cut out while TTC is alcohol during the TWW. Other than that I won’t alter my diet until I know I’m pregnant. Then I will probably be forced into total compliance with any and all stated guidelines because my husband is CRAZY : )
Post # 12
I’m going through and changing my diet now, I have PCOS and trying to limit the amount of carbs, change my portion sizes, and number of meals I eat so that I can carry this on through pregnancy and afterward. However, I believe in moderation. If you don’t have a BFP yet, having a deli sandwich wouldn’t be a big deal in my mind. However, when and if I can get a BFP, I’ll do everything in my power to avoid certain foods especially since I think it’s pretty easy to do anyhow.
Post # 13
I did not change anything while TTC, although over the past 6 months before TTC I had weaned down to one cup of coffee/day and if any, only 1 diet pepsi/day. (I used to have a ton of them). Now I am pregnant and am following all the rules but not really being obsessive: Watching my tuna, only pasteurized soft cheeses, avoiding soft serve, not having lunch meat (just don’t really like them anyway), wouldn’t ever eat runny eggs anyway, and I don’t like rare meat (or meat in general really). Oh, and I’m not having any coffee unless it’s decaf once in a blue moon, but every once in awhile I have a caffinated iced tea or a little bit of regular pepsi- that’s it.
Post # 14
I think people get too nuts about pregnancy diet. While pregnant I had a glass of wine once in a while, ate deli meat as long as it was fresh and refrigerated. And our little girl couldn’t be healthier both mentally and physically.
Post # 15
Oh, and I drank like 2-3 diet cokes a day, which is also way under the caffiene limits.
Post # 16
I really havent changed anything, I never drink alcohol anyway, I stopped drinking soda about 1.5 yrs ago and I only eat my meat and eggs well done, so I’m pretty much on track. I dont drink as much water as I should but thats changed since I’m sooooo thirsty these days.
BUt I really dont think you should drink wine during your pregnancy