Post # 1
I’m not pregnant (yet) but I’ve been reading the boards. I noticed that pregnant women shouldn’t eat soft serve ice cream and was really surprised. Which led me to wonder, what else shouldn’t they eat/do?
So I figured I’d make a thread for you wonderful pregnant ladies to post your knowledge. I think it’ll be really helpful to those of us TTC 🙂
Post # 3
Oh gosh the list is so long! Really its all about what risks you are willing to take and having things in moderation.
These are the ones I avoided at all costs during the first timester but found myself becoming really lenient later on.
- No Caffeine
- No deli meats
- No Sushi
- No fish high in mercury (my doc said I can have 2 cans of tuna a week, though i don’t eat that much)
Other things thats i’ve pretty much avoided all together
- Raw Eggs (no cookie batter waaa)
- Soft Cheeses like Brie, Blue Cheese, Feta, Etc…
- Undercooked meat
- Artificial sweetner
- Herbal Teas
Post # 4
Honestly it is a case by case or person by person what a pregnant woman should and shouldn’t do. If you are really concerned talk to your doctor, don’t rely on the internet.
Post # 5
Another thing would be medicines – doctors will give you a list of what you can and cannot take over the counter. I found that really interesting. You CANNOT take Advil but Tylenol and Tylenol PM is OK.
Post # 6
Question about soft cheeses… can I eat baked brie? It’s definitely heated until steaming. Or does this rule only apply to deli meats? And everywhere I read it says goat cheese with a rind, does this mean creamy goat cheese is ok? I’m french and totally struggling with this cheese concept haha.
Post # 7
@Lyndzo: I have been cutting down on high mecury fish. Normally I would eat fish everyday (erm hence the user name) and a lot of the fish I like is high mecury fish. Mecury stays in your body for a number of months so I have been cutting down and getting used to substituing fish for other things, even though I am just TTC and not pregnant yet.
When/if I do fall pregnant then I will stop having non-pasturized cheese and undercooked eggs.
I use this guide for mecury levels, hope it helps.
Post # 8
When people say no caffeine, does that mean no chocolate? I am crossing my fingers it is somehow exempt.
Post # 9
@MrsSawyer: Yep you can eat brie if its cooked all the way through and not just melted.. That kills the listeria. As for chevre etc my doctor says its a no no as it is mould ripened cheese (same for brie and camembert). Obviously its up to you, the risk of listeria from cheese is quite small.
Here is a pretty useful guide to which cheeses are ok or not.
Post # 10
@Fairy Penguin: You are supposedly allowed 200mg of caffeine a day. So some chocolate here and there will be fine. I switched to decaf coffee in the beginning but now I have a cup of regular every morning as well as eat chocolate every once in a while and baby is doing great. Everything in moderation 🙂 just don’t go overboard.
@MrsSawyer: I wish i had an answer about the cheese but I dont 🙁 def something to ask the doctor about.
Post # 11
@Fairy Penguin: No.. someone would get stabbed. 9 months without chocolate?! Hahah
Post # 12
@Fairy Penguin: It depends on how much chocolate and what type… They say you should have less than 200mgs of caffine a day when pregnant. One 50 g plain chocolate bar has about 50 mg caffeine. Milk chocolate has about half as much caffeine as plain chocolate. So you can pretty much gorge on milk chocolate if thats your thang… 😉
Post # 13
Oh, thank goodness. I gave up chocolate one year for Lent…never again! I love it so much. It hadn’t occured to me that it would be limited during pregnancy. Thanks for the info!
Post # 14
@Fairy Penguin: Hehe I gave up chocolate for lent once too. Thing is I pretty much dont like chocolate… I am bad like that
Post # 15
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly certain that soft cheeses are to be avoided because they were originally unpasteurized (and many still are in Europe). In the states, it is very rare that even a soft cheese is unpasteurized, so this is really not an issue. Ask your doctor for clarification, but that was my understanding when I was pregnant, and I didn’t avoid soft cheeses (though I don’t really eat them much, anyway).
The amount of caffeine that reaches the fetus is debatable, though most research indicates that it is a very, very small amount, so I would probably not worry about chocolate in that regard. However, there are many studies that indicate high sugar intake during pregnancy is dangerous (and, actually, it is even dangerous for non pregnant adults), so I would be more worried about the sugar than the caffeine. In my own humble opinion, I think good quality dark chocolate in moderation during pregnancy is fine, but I tend to be very moderate about what I avoid.
Post # 16
A lot of the pregnancy information out there is misrepresented, misleading, or misinterpreted.
Soft cheese – The risk in soft cheeses is if they are UNPASTURIZED. In the USA, almost all the soft cheese is pasturized; to even find unpasturized soft cheese you’d have to specifically seek it out at specialty stores/markets. If you’re buying your soft cheese at a regular grocery store, or getting it at a chain restaurant, it’s pasturized.
Raw eggs – Hugely overblown/exaggerated risk. The rate of contamination of salmonella is 1 in 30,000 eggs. Based on the average egg consumption of an adult in the USA, this means you might come across a contaminated egg once every 42 YEARS. (I ate raw/runny eggs without fear or guilt during pregnancy.)
Chocolate (specifically the worry of caffiene in chocolate) – Not something to worry about. In fact, studies have shown that women who eat dark chocolate are LESS LIKELY to have a miscarriage. No need to avoid chocolate because of the caffeine content, you’re allowed up to 200 mg caffiene a day while pregnant.
Sushi – Choose rolls with cooked fish (California roll, shrimp roll, etc) and you’re fine.
Deli meats – No need to completely avoid, just heat to steaming in the microwave, kills listeria.
Fish – Fish is GOOD FOR YOU AND BABY. Avoid high-mercury fish, but don’t avoid all fish.