Post # 1
Hi all, I’m sure this has been brought up many times, but I have a couple specific questions regarding things to avoid while TTC and/or pregnancy. It seems like there are many different opinions on complete avoidance vs. moderation, but I’m curious if I’m missing anything.
For instance, while pregnant, I’ve heard to not eat undercooked meat/eggs, no soft serve ice cream, no raw sushi, no/very minimal alcohol, limited caffeine, no lunch meat unless heated, etc… Do the TTC-ers avoid these items too before getting a BFP? Any other big things I’m missing?
Another thing that has me concerned is things like salicylic acid – I LOVE Carmex, but just realized it has salicylic acid as an ingredient, as do most of my facial moisturizers and/or body products. I’m currently trying to figure out new products that work for me prior to (hopefully) getting PG, that don’t include salicylic acid, but do TTC-ers also avoid products with this ingredient?
Anyone have good guidelines RE: cleaning products, nail polishes/removers, non-ingestible chemicals that I may come into contact with? Other precautions to take?
I trying not to be paranoid, I just want some general guidelines to be aware of. Any and all opinions welcome! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I limited my caffeine intake, and don’t drink alcohol or eat sushi in the TWW. Other than that, I didn’t change anything.
My dermatologist wanted to prescribe me something with salicylic acid and asked if I was pregnant. I told her, not pregnant yet but trying, and she said in that case I shouldn’t use it.
Post # 4
Cleaning products should be fine. Same with nail polish, as my doctor does not even caution against these for me (and I am pregnant). I would use them in a well ventilated area if you are concerned, but by all means, do not use this as an excuse to make your poor husband do all the cleaning! 😉
When I first found out I was pregnant, it was right after the holidays. My nurse practitioner told me that the wine I drank over Christmas was just fine, because you’re not sharing much of a blood supply in very early pregnancy.
So, for what it’s worth, I think you can carry on with most things that you would do in your normal life. 🙂
Post # 5
Things I avoid (pregnant or not, but especially while TTC/pregnant)
I did not avoid raw/undercooked meat/fish/eggs, lunch meant, etc. before getting BFP. There’s no reason to, they only cause problems if you’re already pregnant, and even then it’s very very rare. I still eat my steak medium-rare and my eggs with runny yolks even while pregnant.
Things like caffeine and alcohol can effect your fertility, so I started cutting back (but still having some) while TTC.
I already use natural personal care products and cleaning products, so I didn’t make any changes there.
Post # 6
@abbyful – I hadn’t heard that about flax seed! Im going to see what my acupuncturist says on Friday when I see her. I eat a lot of flax every day and I’m TTC.
Post # 7
@Miss Root: Haha husband do all the cleaning? That’s a foreign concept 😉 I think he’ll start scooping the litter box after I get PG but that’s probably the extent of it. Glad I’ll be able to paint my nails though 🙂
Post # 8
@abbyful: I read the link you posted – have you heard anything else on why flaxseed is bad? It reference an animal study but doesn’t say what the effects were. I’m just curious.
Also, I’d never heard about avoiding soy. Do you the reasoning behind that? I don’t eat overwhelming amounts of soy by any means, but I do enjoy a little soy sauce in a few dishes I make.
Post # 9
One thing I wasn’t aware of were dandruff shampoos….I was using Selsun Blue and that was a no-no, my doctor recommended head and shoulders instead. As far as cheeses my doctor said no deli cheeses and no raw milk cheeses (I was happily surprised I could still have most store-bought soft cheeses) unless they were cooked to bubbly.
Post # 10
@abbyful: do you know the reasoning behind the soy? I’m a vegetarian and I eat it all the time – I mentioned my diet to my doctor and she never said anything. Eek!
Post # 11
I personally believe an alcohol free and caffeine free diet is healthier whether you are pregnant or not so i never had these in my diet even pre pregnant. Honestly aside from limiting or if possible cutting out alcohol and caffeine I dont think you have to avoid anything else until you are actually pregnant.
Post # 12
I didn’t cut out anything until I was pregnant, and cut out everything you mentioned once I found out I was. We were trying for awhile, and I got sick of not being able to enjoy some simple things in life and still not having a baby.
EDIT: I do still eat soft serve ice cream.
Post # 13
@xstine515: I don’t do caffeine or alcohol during the TWW but that is all that I’ve cut out. I know that this is Cycle 1 for you (YAY!) do you think you’ll set an appointment with your OB/GYN to discuss TTC? When I told my doctor that Darling Husband and I were going to start trying, he suggested that we do a full run down of my medications to make sure non would be harmful, and suggested that I call if I start any new medications.
He also advised that VERY LITTLE of what we ingest can make much of a difference in the first two weeks of life for baby. Since you’re actively TTC, it would be reasonable to assume that you’ll know pretty soon after your missed period, thus not spending TOO much time being pregnant without knowing it.
Post # 14
@abbyful: My midwife encourages eating organic soy. Why are you cutting it out?
Post # 15
I’ve started cleaning everything with vinegar…I put it in a spray bottle and add a little bit of scented oil…I love it, and it’s wayyyy cheaper too!
Post # 16
@bells: Oh I definitely agree that alcohol-free and caffeine-free are healthier choices, and I absolutely respect those who don’t consume either, but I’m more moderate in my views on consumption for me personally. I will definitely have little to none of either once I’m actually PG. Thanks for your input 🙂
@mwitter80: I have a feeling that’s what I’ll be doing too. I’m thinking that during the TWW I’ll avoid them, but prior to ovulation I don’t think I’ll worry too much about a glass of wine or a sandwich 🙂
@MRSLMA: Yeah, cutting those items out during the TWW is my plan so far. I had my annual OBGYN appt last month and mentioned we had been discussing TTC, and she basically said “congratulations on your decision, make an appointment once you’re PG for about 8-10 weeks out. Take a prenatal.” Haha not much more detailed than that. I don’t take any medications now. I think Darling Husband will be all on my case about any meds though, he’s through his 2nd year of med school now and is pretty well versed on what is safe vs. what could potentially be harmful.
@saskgirl: Where do you get scented oil? I have a spray bottle of vinegar that I use for cleaning sometimes but it’s a bit harsh smelling. Any tips for not inhaling it while cleaning the shower? I haven’t figured out a good method, lol.