Post # 1
Curious for those who are currently pregnant, or already have kids, how strict are you / were you with avoiding foods on the “do not eat list”?
I don’t have my first appointment for almost 3 weeks, so I’ve basically been relying on google for what to avoid. I know some people who are super paranoid and avoid basically everything they read is “bad” while others are more lax and go with the “everything in moderation” mindset.
- How did you come to your decision?
- If you splurge or eat most things in moderation, is there anything you 100% avoid?
I think I’m more cautious at this point because I’m only 5w and haven’t had my first appointment yet. I’m so worried about doing or eating something that could affect this pregnancy, espeically so early. I drink A LOT of coffee, while I know a small amount of caffine is ok, I’ve given up regular coffee totally right now and have only been drinking decaf. My other huge hurdle is deli sandwiches (the thought of having to heat the meat grosses me out, so I just haven’t eaten any), and sushi – specificially tuna. I live in a coastal fishing town, so fresh fish (espeically tuna) is a huge part of our diet and I almost miss it soooo much.
Post # 2
Second pregnancy. Did same with my first. I eat almost everything – I avoid raw things like seafood, undercooked meat. I do eat deli meat – try and heat it up first if I can but not always. Avoid alcohol but will drink a few sips of beer or wine now and then. I drink one cup of caffeinated coffee per day. My first pregnancy I drank decaf until about 20w then had one cup per day.
Post # 3
I would say I’m pretty good but “cheat” now and again. I have a cup of black tea every morning as it settles my stomach. The thought of coffee makes me sick but last pregnancy I drank about 4 cups a week. I’ve had sandwich meat once this pregnancy (12.5 weeks) and had it a couple of times last pregnancy. I only eat sushi that’s cooked but if you are so close to fresh fish and know how it’s prepared, I would think its ok to splurge from time to time.
Post # 4
I see my pregnancy “diet” as having two aspects: things I should be eating/intended to eat, and things to avoid.
For the first one, I intended to eat lots of fruits, veggies, complex carbs, and lentils/beans/proteins. I thought this was going to be easy because that’s how I eat normally. It wasn’t! First trimester I felt like dying unti labout week 18ish and ate a lot of simple carbs and potato chips to keep the nausea down. I’m better now, but I still don’t eat as many veggies as I should due to food aversions. I try to sneak spinach into smoothies at least, and do the best I can.
For the second category, I try to be sensible. I have avoided all raw fish, high mercury fish, unpasteurized dairy, essentially all alcohol (had literally a sip or my husband’s drinks probably 3 times). Soft cheese, as long as it is pasteurized, is totally ok in my book. I eat canned light tuna once a week and lots of salmon, etc because like you I love fish and it is so good for the baby!
I avoided caffeine for the first 20 weeks, partly because I was averse to it, but also because I knew the first 13 weeks was a vulnerable period for the embryo and didn’t want to drink caffeine during that time. I know we are permitted to, but I just didn’t. Since then I’ve had a small cup (8oz) of half decaf half caffeinated a day. Again, less than what we are “allowed” to have, but enough for me to feel comfortable and feel like I’m having my usual cup a day.
There are so many conflicting opinions (and lack of good studies, for obvious ethical reasons) on what guidelines to go by, so a lot of this is just what you personally are comfortable with and what your provider recommends!
Post # 5
At beginning I was really strict (as was/is DH). I downloaded the Ovia App which is awesome…lots of great stuff including food and medicine look ups.
Coffee was an aversion first trimester…and sometimes still is (literally makes me gag). I never did decaf because there are a lot of chemicals in it to make it decaf. I wish I didn’t want it because when I looked up effects it says that it stays in baby’s system in womb for 100 hours. UGH
I used to heat up deli meat….not anymore. I should..read bad article on that too (still birth). Ugh again
I avoid the specific seafood that are higher mercury (halibut) and no raw sushi (though my gf’s dr said she could eat raw sushi from reputable place…she was pregnant with twins AND was high risk prgenancy for auto immunte so I’m surprised she did).
I don’t drink alcohol but have had a *small* sip of hubby’s bear or wine..not even mouthful (heck when my mom was pregnant with us 5 kids she was told to have a beer to get labor to stop). Apparently alcohol was okay because when I was talking to my dad about something he said “Oh, is no alcohol a new thing??”. We were born in 70s and early 80s. Yeesh
Post # 6
I’m pretty strict with myself, but luckily most of the things my Dr said not to eat aren’t appealing to me anyway. I’m almost 19w. I had 1/2 glass of wine last weekend because we went to a fancy steak place and I neeeeeeded some red with my filet! Deli sandwiches, I do miss, but I’ll just get a cheese sandwich or get a hot sandwich from the deli if we end up eating somewhere like that.
I never really drank coffee before getting pregnant, but I’ve been craving some stuff with caffeine like Coke and iced coffee. I drink regular Coke because there isn’t very much caffeine in a can anyway, and I’ve been getting decaf coffee which doesn’t bother me at all.
I also eat soft cheese and runny egg yolks with abandon, since my doctor told me they are perfectly safe if they are pasturized.
Post # 7
Im planning to be strict but I think its easier for me. I dont drink caffeine, alcohol or eat seafood/ fish anyway so its easy for me to avoid most of the list. Cheese is my weakness but I can live without it for 9 months as long as I still have cheddar and parmasan.
Post # 8
I’m fair to middling.
im veggie so a lot of the pate and sea food etc isn’t an issue for me anyway.
Ive avoided booze and artificial sweeteners. I have maybe one coffee a day.
Ive eaten various cheeses. Not getting too het up about it. Just taking extra care to eat well.
Post # 9
I’m not pregnant yet but for me it’ll depend on the science and the why.
caffeine, alcohol, sushi.. moderation is fine. (also, beyond the science, just look at Europe and Japan.. where miscarriage rates are in fact lower)
unpasteurized cheese.. that’s a strict no. Listeria is no joke. Same goes for unwashed veggies if I come back negative for toxoplasmosis.
Post # 10
I’ve weaned off all caffeine (that was HUGE for me – I drank at least a pot a day before pregnancy). This is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile though, so pregnancy just helped me along.
I haven’t had any deli meat. I occasionally would love a salami sandwich, but I’ve never been a big sandwich person anyway so it hasn’t been too hard.
Ive been eating cooked sushi and no tuna (only salmon, crab, shrimp), which has been the biggest challenge. I looove raw sushi.
Last week I went to my favorite restaurant and had to skip their amazing Brie, avocado and arugula baguette because of the cheese. I’ve also been ordering my burgers medium well instead of medium rare. I’ve definitely not touched alcohol. I can’t stay away from fro yo and just hope they’ve cleaned everything.
So for the most part I follow guidelines, but I do make some exceptions.
Post # 11
carolinabelle : fwiw CDC announce pasteurized brie is fine somewhat recently.
Post # 12
I dont eat the “no foods”. Hot deli meat is gross to me and not even worth it, I dont eat the soft cheese, I limited caffiene (but sometimes drink a little more when I have tea or something during the day), hot dogs are on the no list but I have had 1.
What I struggle with is trying to eat healthier because junk food just sounds so much better, but when I do eat it I get super sick after – ugh the pain!
Post # 13
amanda1988 : I’d assume their cheese is pasteurized but not 100% and I was too embarrassed to ask 😝 Now that I’m at 35 weeks I figure I can just hold out a little longer, made it this far…
Post # 14
So I did find out that many U.S. soft cheese are in fact okay if they are pasteurized and most are…just look at the label! 🙂 Even the food portion of my Ovia App says this
Post # 15
I eat normally, like I did before I was pregnant, except I do not eat fish high in mercury. Lots of organic healthy fruits, vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and lots of water. I have a single shot of espresso in milk (well under the 200 mg of caffeine deemed safe) when I’m in the mood. I never drink soda (I’ve never liked it) and I don’t eat junk food, but I do have dessert. I havent eaten fast food like McDonalds since I read Fast Food Nation in college. It’s rare to see cheeses in the U.S. that aren’t pasteurized so I’m not worried about that, although moldy cheese grosses me out even when I’m not pregnant so no worries there. I eat sushi (again, just no high mercury fish) and eggs not fully cooked fairly often. I had the occasional tiny glass of beer or wine with my first pregnancy but haven’t been in the mood this time around-I’m 32 weeks pregnant with my second.