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Lent and pregnancy - am i mad?

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AyeAyeFishyPie Tue 13-Feb-18 09:08:46

I usually give up cakes, biscuits and chocolate. I definitely could do with losing a bit (I’m only a size ten but I have gone up from an eight and there is a definite tummy there). I’m 11 weeks pregnant. Would I be setting myself up for misery if I gave up my usual three?

awankstainonhumanity Tue 13-Feb-18 09:09:50

Depends how hard you'd find it. You certainly won't do yourself any harm and I'm very much a carry on as normal person when pregnant though.

FrizzyNoodles Tue 13-Feb-18 09:12:13

Pick your favourite out of those 3 and give up the other two? Although just eat a reasonable amount of the one you keep smile

BarryTheKestrel Tue 13-Feb-18 09:12:51

It entirely depends on your cravings/if you are willing to break lent for a craving/if you are willing to drive yourself mad in a self imposed ban on a craving?

I'm forgoing lent this year as I'm 6 weeks pregnant and know that last time I developed a lot of cravings/only foods I could eat without being sick and I don't want to limit myself when I have no need to.

kirinm Tue 13-Feb-18 09:15:18

None of those foods are required so I can't see why you shouldn't. Do you crave them a lot?

AyeAyeFishyPie Tue 13-Feb-18 09:16:17

Thanks all. Problem is i ‘crave’ chocolate all the time - pregnancy or no pregnancy!

I think I will start out with all 3 and see how I go. Biscuits are the killer because there is an infinite supply at work. Thankfully my morning sickness seems to be getting better so I might not need my serruptitious Rich Tea stash...

DiscombobulatedWomble Tue 13-Feb-18 09:21:10

I am a MASSIVE chocolate eater (by that I mean I eat a lot if it, not that I am massive) I always give it up for lent & had no problem doing so whilst pregnant last year.

However, now it's that time again & I'm breastfeeding a 10 week old there is no way in hell I'm giving it up!

I would say give it up, it'll help keep the weight gain at bay which makes things a lot easier after birth!

AyeAyeFishyPie Tue 13-Feb-18 09:24:44

Ok so I am scrapping pancakes tonight and plan to eat all the chocolate I can get my hands on. I’m going to start with a Double Decker then move on to Aero. Then maybe a peanut butter Kitkat Chunky. Maybe I can make baby hate it?!

kirinm Tue 13-Feb-18 09:32:16

I gave up sugar last year and I would say, it is easier to cut it all out than just a bit as you'll still crave it all.

Mummyloves09 Tue 13-Feb-18 10:37:05

I'm 23w 5days and I'm giving up fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolates. I guess I will be ok as I only have them when I crave them. Good luck op I guess we will both need it 😆

AyeAyeFishyPie Tue 13-Feb-18 11:27:14

mummyloves good plan!

gryffen Tue 13-Feb-18 13:49:35

This year is wacky for us - ash Wednesday is tomorrow on V day and April Fools day is Easter Sunday.

So tomorrow we are having pancakes as it's a holy day and tonight it's Fajhitas and chocolate pizza.

Confused much lol

Ps - you can break lent for reasons - our priest tells us all the time that passing out from low sugar is frowned upon lol

Botanistinhiding Tue 13-Feb-18 13:53:17

I'm pretty sure that you can get a pregnancy related giving things up for lent exception. I'm sure that was DEFINITELY mentioned to me smile

I agree it's harder to lay off the sugar when sleep deprived and bf.

Someone suggested we should try and do a nice kind thing/act of love every day in lent rather than giving things up.

Dinosauratemydaffodils Tue 13-Feb-18 13:58:39

I'm 23 weeks and am giving up chocolate, sweets and crisps. The only year I haven't managed is when Ds was born on Shrove Tuesday in rather dodgy circumstances and I wouldn't have survived his NICU stay without Fry's Turkish Delight.

Buxbaum Tue 13-Feb-18 16:01:37

FWIW, pregnant women are exempt from Lenten fasting.

Botanistinhiding Tue 13-Feb-18 17:49:57

Yes in the same way we’re exempt from other fasts that some Christians might do

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