Post # 1
My husband and I are not TTC but I still enjoy reading the message boards on here. I am sometimes suprised of the things you can/ cannot do, eat/ cannot eat while pregnant that I never knew or even thought of.
I just wanted to ask, what has everyone heard from doctors, friends, mothers, random people on the street about these “rules” of being pregnant?
Post # 3
My doctor gave me the basic guidelines.
My mother scoffed at them, since the guidelines were different when she was pregnant.
My friends don’t have kids and looked at me like I’m crazy.
Random people on the street will either publicly admonish you for doing something you “shouldn’t” or tell you you’re crazy for not doing something just because you’re pregnant.
Post # 4
Take them with a grain of salt and a pinch of humor 😉
Some are to be taken seriously, like no raw fish, rollercoasters, or boxing for exercise lol
But there are others, I heard that you’re not supposed to dye your hair, the chemicals can harm the baby, but my midwife said it’s not that bad, it’s a personal decision, talked to my stylist about it and she’s like everyone here has been pregnant and dyed their hair haha.
also the whole soft cheeses cause they’re not pasteurized thing is kinda silly, that is a stupid FDA thing that the more pasteurized dairy is, the better it is,but that’s not true. The more pasteurized it is, the more essential nutrients are stripped from it!
There is a million and one things, I follow the important things (I miss my wine and sushi!!!) but the rest I just try to make educated decisions about 🙂 like dyeing my hair lol i wasn’t going to go 9 months with awful roots 😉
Post # 5
@MightySapphire: I had one lady I had never even met before tell me that she was outraged that I would find out the sex of my baby before it’s born, “babies are a gift,” she said, “you can’t open a gift before it comes!” She was so demeaning! I was like good grief lady!
Post # 6
I thought of this question when I saw a previous post about no soft serve ice cream and several people agreed. I hadn’t thought of that before… and I love ice cream! I had a friend that said no sushi? And another friend that mentioned that she would not go in a pool with chlorine?
Post # 7
@miss-spunkin: One of my regulars at work is upset I am finding out, too! haha. She’s sais it is one of the biggest surprises ever and I am ruining it…I was like. “Um. It’s still a surprise whenever we find out!” haha.
Post # 8
@miss-spunkin: LOL! I had a total stranger tell me that I shouldn’t be bringing a baby into this messed up world. It was like, thanks Lady. Not much I can do about it now, huh?
Post # 9
Here is a great article on it! Some things are common sense…ie medications, always ask before taking because you don’t know if there will be side effects. Some things like being in MD and having to give up Blue Crabs…well I would rather be safe than sorry. Other things like caffeine I still have 30g a day which is well below the allotted amount.
Post # 10
@MightySapphire: Hahaha, what a thing to say!!
Post # 11
You will hear a million and one don’t’s for being pregnant. What you have to do is listen to your doctor, educate yourself and use your common sense. There are so many things that people say DON’T do, but in fact are fine, such as, you CAN eat fish, you just need to know which ones.
The point about other people…totally true! WHen you are pregnant, people think that gives them the right to judge and comment on everything that you do or don’t do.
Post # 12
These were what my doctor told me: No tanning beds. No laying out in the sun (it could over heat the baby). No soft serve ice cream. No hot dogs or lunch meat.
That’s mostly all I can remember…
Post # 13
Honestly – everyone is different. Each individual may have different risk/sensitivities. Not to mention living/working environments. Listen to your OB or Midwife, they’ll know what’s best for YOU because they’re treating/seeing/advising YOU. Google and all the pregnancy books in the world are not.
My OB told me many things were fine for me that I’ve read on here, Google and What to Expect, were not.
Listen to the professional that is caring for YOU.
Post # 14
My former boss ate sushi through her whole pregnancy and was fine. She was a scientist and did a LOT of research on it first, and said it seems to be a cultural bias because women in Japan eat sushi through their pregnancies and there aren’t any statistically significant effects. Makes sense, like a PP said, the US FDA doesn’t recommend eating ANY unpasteurized milk and cheese, but people do it on farms and in other countries all the time without problems.
Post # 15
My mom thinks all of the “rules” nowadays are a bit ridiculous. She said “When I was pregnant with you, I was anemic and the doctor told me to drink red wine every night and you turned out ok!”
Post # 16
The only ones I remember being told were:
No hot tubs
No flying in the third trimester
Oh, and no litter box changing, but I didn’t have a cat.
I never heard about rules about seafood, soft cheeses, hot dogs and luncheon meats, hair dyes, or soft serve ice cream. I did ask about artificial sweeteners, but when my ob/gyn told me he told his own wife it was ok when she was pregnant, I figured it was ok for me too. I just switched from Diet Coke to Caffeine-Free Diet Coke.