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Kateliztmum2be Sun 17-Mar-13 09:45:46

Hi ladies,
Congrats to all expectant mums2 be!
I'm 19+3 with 1st baby and so new experiences every day! However I'm having a huge craving for eggs, not just any eggs, poached eggs with a dippy yolk, (wipes druell from chin) ! It's the only item on the "avoid eating" list I'm really missing! Breakfast just isn't the same with scrambled or an omelette or a, god forbid, dry fry with hard yolk... I was just wandering if I'm alone in my irrational food desires!?
On the flip side I've never been a sweet tooth or fruit eater, but seem to be craving both!? And I'm completely off red and cooked meats, I had to make a sharp exit from the meat aisle of the supermarket!

Are you having any strange cravings or missing anything in particular!?

Just interested in the myths and old wives tales really


Iheartcrunchiebars Sun 17-Mar-13 12:21:05

I'm rubbish too! I always thought I would be really strict but I've had pretty much everything on the banned list.

My midwife said runny yolks are fine just make sure all the white is cooked and the yolk is hot.

Kelly1814 Sun 17-Mar-13 12:23:56

i had eggs benedict at the weekend, runny yolks were delish!

other than that i'm missing wine, wine and wine.

some people told me that the smell/thought of booze during pregnancy turned their stomach - i do wish that was me!

smallsmith Sun 17-Mar-13 13:13:49

I've been merrily eating eggs, runny or not, and quiche is one of my cravings, so very much hoping that's ok!

Only thing I'm missing is sushi - have read mixed opinions on this one, so not sure whether it would be ok or not - any thoughts?

andadietcoke Sun 17-Mar-13 14:13:32

small most supermarket sushi has been frozen beforehand and so is fine. I've read differing reports about Yo Sushi - I thought that they froze all their sashimi apart from the salmon but have since read that it's fresh, so no idea!

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Sun 17-Mar-13 14:59:32

Yes, sushi is fine if it is frozen beforehand. In a shop it should have been. In a restaurant it is less clear, but you can always ask. I found with a sushi restaurant that is enough that isn't a problem or is cooked that you can normally get your fix - unless what you are really keen on is the sashimi.

CareerGirl01 Sun 17-Mar-13 15:53:29

I miss being able to eat and really enjoy my food. For things to taste good! Everything has a metallic or sugary aftertaste - and did during my first pregnancy too. I enjoy feeling hungry and then eating something that not only fills me up but makes my taste buds sing!

dizzy77 Sun 17-Mar-13 17:37:24

I'm dodging liver and seafood which is no massive hardship. I do find the rules hard to fathom and still enjoy runny eggs and rare steak. I'm with Zoe Williams that (I paraphrase) a lot of the "rules" are an invention of the patriarchy to keep women infantilised BUT last time I read one of these threads a poor lady came on who'd got toxoplasmosis from a rare steak and worried the heck out of me.

I am very pleased to have the excuse to not have to deal with the car litter. I'm happy with supermarket shrink wrapped charcuterie but won't have anything extra tasty hanging in a deli or (sob) raw cheese.

cupcake78 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:32:18

I miss proper goats cheese, Camembert and stinky blue cheeses. I've tried them cooked but its simply not the same.

I could do with some liver for iron replacement. It's much better absorbed than from veg etc.

I also miss tea! It doesn't taste the same as it used to.

Everything else I've eaten but only if I've prepared it, know where it comes from and made sure its been well within date.

I don't eat out alot and if I do I'm careful with what I order.

Salmonella doesn't bother me as much as listeria and toxoplasmosis. The last two can affect the baby, salmonella doesn't, it just makes you very ill.

Jenjen85 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:41:10

After reading this thread this morning I had 2 poached eggs on toast for my breakfast and it was heaven grin it's the only thing Iv really missed and been craving (24wks) does anyone know if roulade cheese is out of bounds when pregnant?

Creamtea1 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:50:24

I've eaten everything off this so called banned list, whenever I like just not in massive amounts. The only thing I haven't had is alcohol and that's because the thought of it makes me feel sick!
I had blue cheese yesterday and smoked salmon last weekend, eggs often, chorizo once a week in Spanish casserole type dish, basically taking no notice!

weeblueberry Sun 17-Mar-13 18:52:49

I think the only things from the list I've been properly avoiding are booze, Liver and pâté. Oh and soft rinded cheese.

The only one I'm actually missing though is pâté. DP makes an amazing liver abs onions which ill be having shortly after having the baby wink

PeachActiviaMinge Sun 17-Mar-13 18:59:28

A can of beer, I don't even like beer but I would murder someone for a can of it I'm 35 weeks and pretty sure its just a random craving because I'm not allowed it.

Otherwise I've only avoided pate and liver.

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Sun 17-Mar-13 19:04:07

I'm sticking to the NHS guidelines as I'm not a medical professional, neither do I have the time/inclination to do my own research to challenge what they say. So I'll stick with what the medical professionals tell me.

That said, I miss brie and pate the most.

FoofFighter Sun 17-Mar-13 19:05:42

[bang head on wall emote]

I do wish people would educate themselves about the real risks of food and not trot out stupid things like quiche and blue cheese isn't allowed fgs!!

ilovepowerhoop Sun 17-Mar-13 19:22:34

soft blue cheese isnt recommended but hard blue cheese is ok. Quiche should be ok as it is cooked through. UK doesnt say to avoid chorizo or smoked fish either. Seaafood is also fine as long as it is cooked.

Beamae Sun 17-Mar-13 19:31:26

Where can we educate ourselves? All the official guidelines say blue cheese isn't safe!

ilovepowerhoop Sun 17-Mar-13 19:37:52

from nhs:

Don't eat mould-ripened soft cheese such as brie, camembert and others with a similar rind. This includes mould-ripened soft cheese made with goats' milk. You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort. These are made with mould and can contain listeria, a type of bacteria that can harm your unborn baby.

Although infection with listeria (listeriosis) is rare, it is important to take special precautions in pregnancy because even a mild form of the illness in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in a newborn baby.

You can eat hard cheeses such as cheddar, parmesan and stilton, even if they're made with unpasteurised milk. Hard cheeses don't contain as much water as soft cheeses so bacteria are less likely to grow in them. Many other types of cheese are OK to eat, but make sure they're made from pasteurised milk. These include cottage cheese, mozzarella, feta, cream cheese, paneer, ricotta, halloumi, goats' cheese and processed cheeses such as cheese spreads.

also see here

lurcherlover Sun 17-Mar-13 20:12:11

A few myths abounding on this thread...absolutely fine to eat smoked salmon. Runny eggs fine too. They are "reviewing" the guidance on rare steak at the mo, so I am choosing to follow the advice from my last pregnancy (2010, not a million years ago) which was that rare steak is fine as long as the outside is seared.

All sushi sold in this country must be previously frozen by law and is therefore safe to eat. Avoid swordfish and marlin altogether (for the mercury levels) and watch the tuna, but other than that you're fine.

You can eat any shellfish as long as it's cooked. In practice this means you can eat anything except oysters (when was the last time you ate a raw prawn?)

I have today eaten scallops and beef wellington made with rare beef. Yum yum yum. And I had half a glass of champagne too...I'm 35 weeks now and have been very good in terms of avoiding alcohol, so I treated myself today.

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Sun 17-Mar-13 20:34:10

The sushi thing is a bit complex though as some restauranteurs claim freezing ruins the flavour and refuse to do it. So are flouting the law. Which apparently is reasonably often not well enforced. There was an article in the national press a while back but I can't find it now.

Quilty Sun 17-Mar-13 20:38:06

Pâté! Although I really don't see how a little bit every now and then would hurt.

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Sun 17-Mar-13 20:41:54

It's not a quantity thing with pate - although that would apply on small amounts of liver. It the fact that the nature of the food makes it a risk food for food poisoning. so although you are reducing your risk simply by consuming less frequently, it's not like alcohol where a glass once in a blue moon won't hurt, or a big mug of strong coffee the day you really fancy it.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 17-Mar-13 20:45:26

its not just food poisoning with pate as the vitamin A is a danger too.

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Sun 17-Mar-13 20:47:12

Depends on the pate. I did say that portion size would apply to liver. No vitamin A problems in vegetable pate (which is explicitly included in most guidance).

lurcherlover Sun 17-Mar-13 20:58:22

I always wonder how much pâté you'd have to eat to OD on vitamin A...loads of it daily, surely?!

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Sun 17-Mar-13 21:34:10

The NHS website still says eggs should be cooked until the yolk and white is solid although all lot of people (on here) seem to disagree. I'm sticking with their guidelines, however small the risk, because I feel safer to do that and it's no hardship to do that.

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