What no-no foods did you continue eating while pregnant?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
407 posts
Helper bee

My ob said most of it is unnecessary hype other than raw fish. I’m still eating soft cheeses and soft eggs. 

Post # 3
923 posts
Busy bee

This is my mom’s favorite topic because when she was pregnant with me, there weren’t nearly as many restrictions as there are now and I “obviously turned out fine.”

Other than raw fish and alcohol, she continued to eat normally. 

Also, my best friend who was pregnant last year was always drinking pop/soda even though she was supposed to be limiting caffeine. For whatever reason, her biggest pregnancy craving was Dr. Pepper and she always had one of those huge plastic cups of it.

Post # 4
15042 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was completely by the book (other than mistaken prosciutto).  My baby took almost 5.5 years to conceive after multiple rounds of IVF and loses and we were taking zero risk no matter how small with food.  It was the one thing I felt I could control and do “right”.

Post # 5
681 posts
Busy bee

I ate everything while I was pregnant, including raw fish sushi, soft cheeses, deli meats and sunny side up eggs. 

Post # 6
2112 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i still eat occasional deli meats, because i cant live without publix subs in my life.. i do drink the occasional coke when i work, simple for the sugar pick me up to get me through the late night shifts. 

i do crave sushi, but id rather stay on the safe side when it comes to raw fish. Is sushi really that unsafe to eat?? ive been craving a spicy tuna roll forever….. 

Post # 7
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m 27 weeks and eating runny eggs but they have changed the advice here and it’s considered safe as long as the eggs are lion marked.

ill eat cold meats and smoked salmon if I’ve got them from the supermarket or they have come from a outlet with 5 star food hygenie. Stuff from the supermarket has been frozen so is safe.

i do have some Diet Coke too but no other caffeine (you can have 200mg a day). I don’t eat the fish we’re not supposed to and I don’t like blue cheese. 

Post # 7
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Deli meat and fish. I just heated the meat in the microwave for 45 seconds and limited my tuna to 1 or 2x a week.

Post # 8
9464 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Only a few pieces of sushi 3-4x from legit Japanese restaurants. 

I couldn’t stand eggs during my whole pregnancy so that wasn’t an issue and I don’t eat deli meat anyway.

I love love LOVE soft cheeses (and we were in Paris for part of our babymoon), but I held off…! I’m sure it would’ve been fine though.


ETA: Oh and I had a few sips of champagne now and again 🙂

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Post # 10
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You should read Expecting Better! The author digs into the data on things like the restricted foods. It’s really interesting. 

For what it’s worth, I haven’t been very strict about avoiding any of the no-no foods, other than alcohol. But I also haven’t really wanted many of them. I am more careful about expiration dates than I was before but I’ve eaten a ton of deli meats and soft cheeses during this pregnancy and I’ve had sushi a time or two.  For the first trimester, I didn’t have caffeine but once I started feeling human again, I started wanting soda and coffee sometimes and let myself have them. 

Post # 11
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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Kslim13 :  My understanding is that the restriction on sushi is related to risk of mercury (and maybe some small risk of parasites, but that’s more likely with deli meat). My friend had sushi occasionally while she was pregnant, but stayed away from high-mercury fish (like tuna, unfortunately). 

OP, I think Expecting Better by Emily Oster is the book most commonly recommended among my friend group. She looks at the data and studies behind a lot of the advice pregnant women get, so you can decide for yourself based on statistics.

Post # 12
3196 posts
Sugar bee

I continued to eat everything during pregnancy. Soft cheeses are always pasturized in the USA, so that was a non-issue, though I wouldn’t have hesitated in Europe either. I ate sushi for places like King Soopers and upscale sushi joints (both having reputations to protect, I figure that they’d take good care of their products). I ate deli meats when I wanted a sandwich, which wasn’t too often. I even had a few glasses of wine or sips of beer during the course of pregnancy. 

I believe that since Japan has plenty of healthy babies, even with their fish consumption, and Europe does as well with their cheese and wine…there’s nothing wrong with having a common sense approach to eating while pregnant. 

Happy to report my 2 month old is perfectly healthy and happy. Not to mention that I think he’s probably predisposed to be more laid back because I didn’t get too uptight about things or let things cause me excessive anxiety. 

Post # 13
7594 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve eaten raw fish sushi throughout (only at reputable places), though have stayed away from tuna and other “big fish” high in mercury. I don’t really eat deli meat anyway so that hasn’t been an issue. I found that pretty much all cheese in the US is actually pasteurized – even most soft cheeses – so haven’t held back there either. I’ve been having my one cup of coffee throughout just as I do when not pregnant. An occasional half glass of wine after i got out of the 1st tri. And i order eggs “over medium” now rather than over easy so they still come out a bit runny…I can’t handle solid yolks! 🤢

Post # 14
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I ate all sushi my first pregnancy and this one as well about once a week or two! After doing my own research I found it low risk. Most, of not all cheeses are pasteurized and fine to eat. I think many of these restrictions are overly cautious and pregnancy is hard enough. Eat what you like! A lot pregnancy is out of our control and complications can arise no matter what you do. My first son was completely healthy though, and I had no issues.

Post # 15
945 posts
Busy bee

Not preggo, but I always wonder how this works with women in other countries where things like soft cheeses and raw fish are a huge part of the diet (i.e. Italy and Japan). Are the recommendations different over there?

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