Post # 47
The fact of the matter is that they really don’t know the exact amount of alcohol that is harmful. Many, many, MANY women aren’t expecting to get pregnant when they do and have perfectly normal babies. I was one of those women, in fact. I was totally freaked since I got PG abroad in a country known for heavy drinking, but my OB told me that it’s quite common and as long as I wasn’t drinking everyday (and obviously stopped drinking in the first trimester and didn’t drink hard alcohol) then things should be fine. And they were.
With my second child, I had wine and champagne occasionally in my last trimester, but my XH is French and it’s very common. Yep, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it! lol… It is very common for pregnant woman to drink wine (not hard alcohol) during pregnancy OCCASIONALLY in other parts of the world. I, personally, would try to avoid it first trimester, but in the last trimester all best are off (for me, personally). lol…
As for foods you can’t eat, ladies, I hate to cause alarm but that also includes lunchmeat. Yes, you heard that right… LUNCH MEAT! My obgyn gave me a pamphlet and it was on it. You CAN eat it, but they want to you microwave it first and then you can put it in baggies or whatever until you want to use it. I just avoided it. Funny, this was only for my 2nd pregnancy, so I think as time goes on they’re adding more things to the list just to make it harder for pregnant women to eat.
And, whoever said you can eat soft cheese is right. It’s that you can’t eat soft cheese, it’s that you can’t eat any cheese that is UNPASTAURIZED (sp?) and most cheeses here are.
My hardest thing to avoid was sushi. I tried ordering only the cooked variations, but that just didn’t work for me.
Anyway, it’s really not bad. 9 months is really not THAT long.
Post # 48
Unpasteurized cheeses and lunch meet carry the risk of listeriosis which can be quite bad for baby.
Here’s the USDA fact sheet:
Post # 49
Wow, I had no idea you couldn’t eat ham salad… that’s all my mom ate when she was pregnant with me, lol!
Post # 50
I am not even close to trying for a baby yet, but I I love wine and sushi – so I am in trouble!!! I also had no idea about lunch meat and unpasteurized cheeses! Thank heavens I can still have pasteurized cheese, or I would die. I eat cheese EVERYDAY!
Great suggestion about the veggie sushi though!
Post # 51
My SIL drank “occasionally” with my nephew. He’s kind of special. Not in an obvious way, but secretly I blame her alcohol consumption on his problems. I mean, you wouldn’t give wine to your one month old, what makes you think it’s ok for a baby not even born yet who can’t even PROCESS it???
Post # 52
I often get concerned about this even though we wont be TTC for about a year or so (unfortunately… I’d love to have started yesterday but we want to wait til I’m done w/grad school!). I don’t drink often but when I crave a drink, I crave a drink! I used to smoke though and I finally quit and that is such a huge relief that I won’t have to deal with quitting that for pregnancy. Truthfully, I’m sure I’ll miss my alcohol (which I don’t intend to have any of, not worth even the most minimal of risks to me) — but I sure as (#@&# am going to miss my Diet Pepsi, ladies! I’m surprised no one has mentioned that?
Post # 53
I was worried about that too as I really enjoyed a glass of wine! the thing is, that I have no desire for alcohol now that I am pregnant. It just isn’t appealing to me at all. Same thing happened to my taste for coffee – I used to really enjoy a coffee every morning and now I have no desire (although my doc says one a day is ok). For sushi, I just eat the cooked variety and it works.
Even though I don’t want wine, I do miss enjoying the wine ….if that makes sense
Post # 54
@monalisa670: I was not happy with drinking only Sprite for the first three months, then I found out all the other sodas without caffiene: Rootbeer, orange sodas, strawberry sodas, and they make a caffiene free diet coke. I am careful to look at the labels because some sodas actually add caffiene. I was able to find a replacement I was comfortable with, maybe there will be more options soon!
Post # 55
I too am not a big drinker so I don’t and won’t miss it. It The only time I had thought about wine (not so much to drink it) was during Thanksgiving when my hubby was having a glass. It smelled oh so yummy. BUT I may be over cautious with our first baby but I am not taking any extra risks.
And yes, I have heard you can have lunch meat but it has to be steaming hot. I have stayed away from lunch meat entirely but I have had a steaming hot hot dog or two at my niece’s gymnastics competitions. Their menus are so limited and with me being lactose intolerant, the menu gets even smaller.
@MightySapphire – I too was very happy to see that there are many different sodas that are caffeine free. I don’t really drink much soda in the first place but when I craved it in the beginning I had to have it so I had my Sprite.
Post # 56
am i the only one who thinks that 1-2 drinks/night is a LOT? Drinking at all more than 2-3 nights/week seems like a lot to me, but maybe I’m just weird.
Post # 57
@Corgi – I don’t think you are weird. That is my personal opinion too. Some people see it as a problem and others do not. To each his own, I guess.
Post # 58
@Corgi, I don’t think you’re weird. I think 14 beers/week is a lot, too, but I am the first to admit I binged in college, too! I think your perspective on what’s “a lot” changes drastically in your 20’s, lol.
Post # 59
@ejs– hah you’re prob right. i’m sure there were weeks in college that i drank every day. lately i am lucky if i get to drink 4-5 times/month.
Post # 60
Maybe I’m a little old school, but I usually have a small glass of wine or a small martini or gimlet when I make dinner at night. Sometimes, I drink wine with dinner, and then my husband and I usually have a drink, usually a martini or a whiskey or a glass of wine after the kids are in bed. Not every night, but I have at least a glass of wine everyday. I’m nowhere near having a drinking problem, and neither is my husband. We enjoy food and we enjoy spirits. We enjoy pairing liquors and wines and beers with our foods. I was a bartender for many years, I’ve seen what drinking problems look like.
Since we’re trying for a baby, of course, that ^^ is not my consumption at the moment. Giving up the alcohol while pregnant was never really hard on me. I would occasionally have a sip of wine after 6 mos, but that suited me fine. I really like mixing tonic water with juices and nectars when a refreshing drink is warranted. I don’t really drink soda, so that was a good stand in. I don’t expect my husband to abstain from drinking while I’m pregnant, and I’ll still have a drink waiting for him after work!
Post # 61
@mellissa- haha you have me cracking up too! I hope I have twins when my time comes too so I only have to deal with all of this crazy stuff once!
@Mrs.DG-Im glad I can have cooked sushi! See there are ways around things. Non alcoholic beer and cooked sushi! : )