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37 weeks - more relaxed about 'banned foods', caffeine and alcohol

(18 Posts)
CailinDana Tue 11-Dec-12 19:29:55

I haven't take much notice of the food restrictions to be honest, even less so now with DC2. They are far too strict IMO - I have never ever heard of anyone losing a baby due to salmonella, toxoplasmosis, listeria, or any of the other nasty bacteria that's supposedly lurking in all the food millions of people eat every day. I'm sure it does happen, of course, but I don't think the risk really warrants cutting those foods out fully. I just eat what I want, pretty much.

I have cut down on caffeine but more because I've gone off coffee rather than it being a conscious choice. I still have about 3 cups of tea a day. I'm not a big drinker generally - I've had a couple of beers and couple of glasses of wine in this pregnancy.

monsterchild Tue 11-Dec-12 18:51:04

I've been confident enough to have a glass of champers, and have been drinking no more than two cups of tea since start of third trimester.
Haven't ever stopped eating hamburgers, though! But well done.

I did have coffee to day, but still a bit paranoid about it. Kidlet is pretty active because of that too!

happygonicky Tue 11-Dec-12 14:10:08

Result re the brie! Thanks, Rrreow!

rrreow Tue 11-Dec-12 14:05:07

I found some pasturised brie at Waitrose!! Over the moon.

happygonicky Tue 11-Dec-12 09:17:14

Katiecubs, I think I'm with you on that front. Having said that, going through the first trimester again, I'm sure I would veer on the side of caution again. Even while thinking rationally that the risks are so minimal as to be negligible.

And yes, Baublesandbaileys (great name!), that logic works for me!

stowsettler Tue 11-Dec-12 09:14:36

Haven't restricted anything at all throughout (now 30+6) except alcohol. Have eaten pate, blue and soft cheeses, seafood, etc etc - all in small amounts. I have not included runny eggs in this list because there's nothing wrong with eating them anyway.
I haven't had a drink since midsummer, but that's only because I see no point in just having one drink. I'll keep my powder dry and enjoy myself properly in February thanks!

sundaesundae Tue 11-Dec-12 09:10:35

Boursin is allowed, so eat your heart out! Stay away from unpasteurised and mould ripened soft blue cheese.

Steak has changed from pink to fully cooked in the last set of guidelines due to a toxo risk apparently..

lauraellajane Tue 11-Dec-12 08:01:44

I'm not as far along yet (17 wks today) but caved last week and had some Boursin cheese with crackers. It said it's pasteurised on the label so figured it couldn't be too dangerous...?

I'm also going along with the occasional alcohol view too. I'm not a great drinker anyway (probably averaged about 1 unit a fortnight before pregnancy) but had a traditional 1 Baileys-while-writing-Christmas-cards treat and no doubt will give into a little glass of mulled wine sometime over Christmas too!

Lora1982 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:54:02

Im the same. Ive stopped worrying about tea. I did have some wine at a couple o weddings and a party too but i think its a case of just being sensible and moderation. Ive not touched shellfish cos its gross anyway.

baublesandbaileys Mon 10-Dec-12 18:00:54

IMO at full term you can have as much caffine/alcohol as you would have if breastfeeding - does that logic work?

baublesandbaileys Mon 10-Dec-12 17:59:40

smoked meat and fish are allowed anyway BTW, and meat that's pink on inside so long as sealed well on outside, so not burgers but steak is okay IYKWIM

katiecubs Mon 10-Dec-12 17:58:52

So much more relaxed this time round - having looked at all the evidence i really don't think the risks are that great, in fact they are very minimal.

baublesandbaileys Mon 10-Dec-12 17:58:44

yes with some things, the ones that are linked to premature labour like caffine looks around at empty chocolate wrappers

I think alcohol is okay if you're sensible about it but have taken that attitude throughout.. as in half a glass of mulled wine if you really fancy it! I've only had about 6 or 7 drinks in total throughout but don't deprive myself of it totally, IMO its dose related whereas the bacteria foods aren't so much, just one is all it takes!

still washing lettuice and avoiding delis and stuff with lots of vit A

Snowflakepie Mon 10-Dec-12 17:56:33

I've been much more relaxed with DC2 as a whole. Nothing from a buffet tbh, and no alcohol, plus I don't like pate, fish, Brie etc. But the occasional lion marked runny egg has been a pleasure, and I have cooked steak maybe a bit more than normal but still pink in the middle, when I have known it is from a good source. I have declined smoked venison for Christmas lunch though, that is a step too far. Unless you're getting wasted on the booze I very much doubt it matters by 37 weeks!

Salukigirl Mon 10-Dec-12 17:56:18

I am 37 weeks on Wednesday and I am a little bit more relaxed but then I wasn't mega strict anyway. Eaten runny eggs throughout and had the odd cup of caffeinated tea/coffee/coke. I had a prawn risotto at the weekend figuring that the prawns would have been well cooked in a risotto. It was beautiful!
I had a couple of drinks earlier on (e.g. birthday/my wedding) but not had anything for a few months now, think I can do the next three weeks.

happygonicky Mon 10-Dec-12 17:52:18

Funnily enough, soft cheese is the one thing I'm still rigid on. And yet I can't see that a supermarket brie is likely to cause any problems!!

StrawberriesTasteLikeLipsDo Mon 10-Dec-12 17:49:37

I am 36+2 and being delivered at 37+6 so not long for me... Im still not drinking at all - i dont think its justifiable, even though i really fancy wine. i dont smoke. Im resisting patè smoked salmon soft cheeses which I've really bastard missed but knowing I'm being delivered on 21st I'm going out to buy these as part of our christmas shop knowing i can eat them. Im also buying extra for DP to bring to hospital if I fancy it.
The only thing I've actually relented on (as I've had runny eggs throughout) is that last weekend I had a medium rare steak. I couldn't get it out of my head and it was very enjoyed smile

happygonicky Mon 10-Dec-12 17:28:30

Just wondered if it was just me, really. Am still trying to stick to NHS guidelines on the whole, but definitely more relaxed than I was in, say, first and second trimesters. Anyone else the same? Just wanted to make sure it's not just my willpower weakening...

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