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How careful are you about observing pregnancy rules? i.e. food, lifestyle etc

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flyingcloud Thu 25-Jun-09 20:16:02

I know it's a case of weighing up the risks, but coming on MN scares me sometimes! Today I read that dying my hair and eating chinese food are bad. I just wondered what experienced mothers' individual takes on this were. My friends are split between the strictly observant ones (no caffeine, no chocolate and not a snifter of alcohol) and the ones who don't really bother to find out what to do and what not to do, so eat pâté, drink a glass when they feel like, dye their hair, fly as late as they can, etc, etc.

I have done the following while pregnant, mostly unwittingly: not knowing I'm pregnant or not knowing it wasn't allowed and I'm feeling increasingly guilty:
Drink coffee (one cup a day, can't do without)
Eat chocolate
Have eaten steak tartare before knowing I was pregnant
Drank like a fish for the first two weeks (when I didn't know I was pg) blush
Smoked for the first two weeks (ditto)blush
Eaten packaged service station sandwiches
Dyed my hair
Eaten chinese food, undoubtedly stuffed with msg

etc, etc

I am not immune to toxoplasmosis either.

You may think I'm stupid for asking all these questions, but would love some real motherhood experiences.

Thank you!

WowOoo Thu 25-Jun-09 20:21:58

Um, I'm more like the people who think a little bit of what you fancy does you good.

I was fairly relaxed with ds1 and he's turned out OK.

Soemtimes, I honestly didn't think and had lots of sushi or smoked salmon but i always inspect my food closely and if it's off I would not have touched it.

Eggs and steak too, but only good quality stuff. (what a snob)

Do what you feel safe and comfy doing and weigh up the risks then.


meemarsgotabrandnewbump Thu 25-Jun-09 20:22:59

chinese food is a new one to me. Since when has that been bad?

<put's away the takeaway menu...>

I follow the ones about pate, uncooked/unpasturised eggs etc. I am more careful with washing salads. I don't eat peanuts as we have ezcema in the family.

I drink one cup of full caffiene tea a day and would eat chocolate if I hadnt gone off it grin

I don't drink, but I'm not really a drinker anyway so don't miss it.

I generally have quite a healthy diet anyway.

meemarsgotabrandnewbump Thu 25-Jun-09 20:24:12

blush excuse the rouge apostrophe in "put's".. it's pregnancy brain wink

meemarsgotabrandnewbump Thu 25-Jun-09 20:24:44

and I can't even spell rogue blush blush

pooka Thu 25-Jun-09 20:27:38

I am 30 weeks pregnant with third.

Am v. relaxed about diet. Limited caffiene in the first 3 months, but have gradually upped intake, since less of miscarriage risk.

Readily and willingly eat pre-packed sandwiches. Have had brie. Have had a glass of wine now and then. Will be having my hair dyed in a few weeks (not new colour type/salon, so know that don't react adversely and never have before).

gussymooloo Thu 25-Jun-09 20:30:10

Whats wrong with dying your hair when pregnant?

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 25-Jun-09 20:35:46

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CurryMaid Thu 25-Jun-09 20:37:54

What's wrong with chocolate?

CurryMaid Thu 25-Jun-09 20:39:09

Oh, and to answer the question I cut out: caffeine (except in chocolate!), painkillers, alcohol, soft cheese, runny eggs, pate etc.

CurryMaid Thu 25-Jun-09 20:39:37

Ooh yes, artificial sweeteners, I cut out those too.

fizzpops Thu 25-Jun-09 20:54:26

Is smoked salmon bad? I wondered and so avoided it but could never find anywhere that specifically said yay or nay.

I probably had too much caffeine, two cups of coffee a day and more chocolate than was probably good for me but I didn't see much anything advising me to stop entirely - just in moderation.

I had no alcohol at all - can never just have one so had none at all.

Was careful with eggs, cheese and fish, but thought the bagged salad advice was silly till I realised it was about toxoplasmosis.

Currymaid - painkillers as in paracetamol? I had four horrendous colds and it was only the thought of allowing myself another 2 paracetamol before bed that got me through them...

itsalwaysthequietones Thu 25-Jun-09 20:56:26

I'm a 'little bit of what you fancy does you good' kind of person. Only thing I adhere strictly to is the listeria stuff (soft cheese, pate etc) - Have the occasional glass of wine, coffee, dye my hair, eat seafood (from reliable sources)

maxbear Thu 25-Jun-09 20:56:28

huh? brocolli and other veg that do harm??? Since when exactly?

minxofmancunia Thu 25-Jun-09 20:58:23

I'm pg with number 2

I have 3 cups of normal tea a day (although no caffeine for the 1st 3 months)

Veggie, so meat/fish rules not an issue

Eat cooked brie/stilton/goats cheese and have had the odd cold slice of brie especially when on holiday in France recently

Eat M&S and Boots pre-packed sandwiches plus bagged salads (wash them first).

Drink 2-4 glasses of wine a week, no more than 1 at once, this is my biggest weakness and has been the hardest struggle (no alcolhol for 1 st 3 months tho).

Have read a lot and weighed up the risks and these are the choices I've made. Have had a stressful pg (work and study wise)and the wine helps me relax and sleep, so be it.

itsalwaysthequietones Thu 25-Jun-09 20:58:27

Oh and the stuff about chinese food and chocolate is completely new to me. And I ate smoked salmon too.

CurryMaid Thu 25-Jun-09 20:59:20

Fizzpops, I used to take nurofen but stopped as I think it's an NSAID which can be a miscarriage risk.

Just didn't bother taking paracetomol instead - until I went into labour, then I took a couple, followed by some hardcore anaesthesia!

preggersplayspop Thu 25-Jun-09 20:59:28

They invent new rules all the time! Never heard the ones about chinese takeaways and pre packaged sandwiches and it wouldn't enter my head that they would be a risk. In fact I had an egg mayo sarnie today from a service station and it doesn't worry me (perhaps it would if I understood what the risk was).

I eat mayo where its obvious its from a jar. I try to stick to one diet coke a day, and feel a little guilty if I have 2. Giving up chocolate wasn't something I thought about, though I have gone off it a bit.

I don't drink, but for my first pregnancy I did go on an all day session when I was probably a week or two pregnant. I tortured myself reading horror stories on the internet until the midwife set my mind at rest and told me not to worry about it.

Not sure what I think about peanuts, I've read conflicting things about it. I don't eat them but I never really did, and if it was in my food then I would probably eat it and not be too concerned about it.

I don't have painkillers but never really needed to - would have paracetamol if I needed them. I make sure my eggs are well cooked, as well as my meat.

preggersplayspop Thu 25-Jun-09 21:02:15

Oh gawd, is brie bad? I've been eating brie and tomato sandwiches for lunch loads recently!

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 25-Jun-09 21:06:47

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itsalwaysthequietones Thu 25-Jun-09 21:10:49

minx - out of interest, why did you avoid alcohol completely during the first 12 weeks? Is it thought to carry more of a risk then? I've heard a couple of people suggest that but wasn't sure what it was based on.

giraffescantdancethetango Thu 25-Jun-09 21:12:59

I follow the rules religiously - but then thats because I have lost 3 and so will try anything to make a baby stick.

bigchris Thu 25-Jun-09 21:15:07

i was quite relaxed with coffee and wine but my mum ate brie when preggers with me and i had listeria when i was born, not pleasant so please be careful

preggersplayspop Thu 25-Jun-09 21:19:11

bigchris, just googled brie and its off the menu for me from now on.

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