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Foods to avoid during pregnancy - how did you cope - share your tips with PG tips Decaf and you could win £250 NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Mar-14 10:27:26

We all know that there's lots of advice out there about what food and drink (and ingredients in food and drink) to avoid during pregnancy.

For the Mumsnet guide to this please click here.

The team at PG tips Decaf say "With PG tips decaf, you can still enjoy the splendid luxury and taste of a nice cuppa, without having to think about the caffeine as it contains less than 10mg per cup - available in packs of 40, 80 or 160."

PG tips Decaff would love to know how, when you are pregnant, you managed to find substitutes for the foods and ingredients you were avoiding.

For example: did you use a strong pasteurised cheese in place of Stilton on a salad, did you try sparkling fruity water in place of wine etc?

Decaff tea and coffee is perhaps an easy one: do share what you did - they'd also love to know if you tried their tea what you thought!

Please share your tips and stories relating to the food changes made to your diet when you were pregnant on this thread - everyone who does will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £250 voucher for the store of their choice.

thanks and good luck

1intheoven Wed 02-Apr-14 08:32:21

I went off tea with my first but I bought decaf anyway as I drank it when I was breastfeeding. This time tea seems to be ok.
This time I discovered a delicious non alcoholic beer. It's a wheat beer called Bavaria and is really fruity. I don't usually drink beer at all but this stuff is lovely and was great over Christmas and new year.
I really miss Stilton. There aren't any good substitutes really. I found some crisps in Italy called fonzy's and they were about the closest.
With my first I found that sour sweets and junk food were the only way to keep the sickness at bay. I was also a bit of a meat fiend although I went off chocolate. This time I am delighted to be able to eat fruit, vegetables and soup. Funny thing is I'm off meat and have been eating a bit of quorn instead. I've also had a craving for Alberto balsam's apple shampoo - luckily not to eat - just the smell. So strange how different these pregnancies are. I know I'm having a boy this time and I have a little girl, I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

Keepcalmanddrinkwine Mon 31-Mar-14 18:55:38

Thank you ever so much! I'm really chuffed.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 31-Mar-14 10:35:21

Thanks everyone for your tips
Am pleased to say Keepcalmanddrinkwine wins the £250 voucher. Well done!

starfishmummy Mon 31-Mar-14 08:49:36

Most of the restrictions didn't bother me too much - there was one moment when Mil served up pate - we hadn't told people at that stage so I just had to pretend that I didn't like it!

Went off tea and coffee anyway - had the odd cup but not my usual amount. That said I don't recall caffeine being flagged up as a problems back then!

Treaclepot Mon 31-Mar-14 07:51:30

I missed mussels more than anything, and ate some about an hour post labour. I also craved pate though hate it normally.

Drank lots of decaf tea, but post birth found it vile!

I dont buy PG Tips as I only buy fair trade but on the occassions I have drunk it it seems nice, not as strong as I prefer but good,

BornOfFrustration Mon 31-Mar-14 07:49:39

I can't drink tea when I'm pregnant, it's the first thing I go off unfortunately. I get low iron reserves, and I think it's something to do with the tannin in tea that stops you absorbing iron as efficiently. I usually hate fresh orange juice, but go through gallons of it when I'm pregnant, and that helps you absorb iron I think. Amazing thing the human body, how it knows what it needs and makes sure you get it.

Thunderpantsarego Mon 31-Mar-14 07:38:09

I might as well have taken out shares in digestive biscuits and ribena for the amount I consumed in pregnancy.

Yes to decaff tea and was very happy with PG Tips. My tip for decaff tea is to leave the bag in- just needs longer to brew.

Otherwise I didn't really do any tricks to substitute the foods I'd decided not to eat. My husband substituted my customary fillet steak valentines present (usually 'cooked' blue) with lobster this year. I was happy enough with that smile

deels Sun 30-Mar-14 10:48:09

there was nothing i stopped eating to be honest... however i developed a craving for exotic fruits.. mango, pineapple etc

OsMalleytheCat Sun 30-Mar-14 09:23:30

I loved my wine pre-pregnancy and tried non alcoholic stuff but found it didn't quite cut it! Same with most things including decaf tea!! So for the most part I completely avoided food/drinks I wasn't supposed to have or found alternatives that weren't the same iyswim, Ie fruit teas and hot chocolate instead of decaf; and I completely over indulged in my other favourites and my cravings!

And I made sure DH had a giant steak waiting for me as I left hospital, practically still mooing!

Dolallytats Sun 30-Mar-14 07:35:18

I didn't need to make any changes as I am teetotal, I already drink decaf tea and my IBS flared up meaning cheese and pate of any kind were off the menu! smile

Marbleroses Fri 28-Mar-14 20:17:06

I suffered the decaf...I didn't mind it but missed the kick.
I missed Bree soo much and smoked salmon. I dreamt of it.
No drinking was a no brainer ... I only missed the Xmas tipple

nerysw Fri 28-Mar-14 13:18:58

I continued drinking normal tea and cut out booze completely - strangely I didn't miss it at all and didn't go back to drinking really (apart from the odd glass of wine) afterwards. The tea thing was tricky but I drank less than normal (and a lot more squash) as I wasn't as keen on the decaff options.

daisybrown Thu 27-Mar-14 23:34:58

Gave up coffee as I seemed to be more sensitive to it whilst pregnant.
I've never really liked soft cheeses so that was no great loss to me.
Did develop a rather un-social habit of eating over cooked sprouts.

janekirk Thu 27-Mar-14 22:49:20

Never liked decaff so stayed with my usual. Although I did give up the wine which surprised even me!

MotherOfDragon Thu 27-Mar-14 22:03:28

I lived on cups of tea with no milk and mashed potatoes for about three months.

Once that passed I was desperate for blue cheese. I didn't avoid i totally ( I will often have a blue cheese sandwich when non preggo) But I used to make a blue cheese salad.

Handful of rocket,
5 or 6 quartered strawberries,
Some diced cooked bacon lardons,
A handful of cashew nuts,
A tiny bit of blue cheese crumbled over,

If I was feeling decedent some balsalmic glaze.
I know it's only a tiny bit of cheese but TBH it did the trick,

custardcream1000 Thu 27-Mar-14 21:17:43

I didn't crave any food during either of my pregnancys. I had the opposite problem; due to having morning sickness until the day both my sons were born the only foods I could tolerate were mushrooms and tomatoes.

I did struggle to cut out caffeine drinks though. I switched my normal tea to decaf, and switched from Dr Pepper to lemonade.

lizboo87 Thu 27-Mar-14 20:53:53

I am pregnant with number four and have always coped by making outrageous sensible substitutions for the things I can't have.

For example, I can't have wine with my dinner, so I allow myself half a cheesecake for afters a little extra dessert.

The only thing I really miss is the forbidden cheeses, but that is remedied by a lovely baked Camembert, (cooked to bubbling to kill off any nasties) with crusty bread for dunking.

My other saviour is a bag of wine gums in the glove box of the car, for emergencies such as when I'm hungry or annoyed.

As long as you get lots of good healthy stuff first, having a bit of what you fancy does you good.

themitch21 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:01:24

My one craving during my first pregnancy was iced coffee, I was obsessed with it! Obviously not the best thing to be craving when you're supposed to be reducing your caffeine intake. As my partner got fed up with having to trawl the shops to find decaff options he ended up buying a blender so we could make our own at home. This allowed us to use decaf coffee as well as reducing the sugar in the drinks.

CrewElla Thu 27-Mar-14 11:23:18

I didn't need to find substitutes because I went off so many foods! During my first pregnancy it was a struggle to take anything more than tree ripened mango from M&S (couldn't be from Waitrose, oh no, just M&S!) and Appletiser (which is weird because I really don't like it when I'm not pregnant). My second pregnancy I had to try and avois chocolate because it was the only thing I wanted.

sealight123 Thu 27-Mar-14 09:08:02

I was very lucky that most of the things that you can't have when you're pregnant I don't like anyway lol I think the only substitute I had to make was from alcohol to non-alcoholic drinks

I did enjoy a nice sweetcorn sandwich or too though :P

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 26-Mar-14 18:45:53

Instead of beer I had grapefruit and bitter lemon. Yum! I didnt go caffeine free but I have to now. Don't miss it with tea (but would really like decaf tea leaves please!!!). I do miss it with coffee. Decaf coffee is nothing like the real thing.

GetKnitted Wed 26-Mar-14 18:40:08

peppermint tea is my favourite hot drink anyway, so not particularly a problem for me

Noon2 Wed 26-Mar-14 15:06:36

I have to say I have always been a big PG Tips decaf drinker! I am very sensitive to caffeine so literally cannot have tea after 3pm. PG tips have been my saviour and they do taste the same as normal tea.
Now that I am pregnant I drink more infusions but still will have my cup of decaf tea at the weekend.
In terms of other food to avoid, I find this really hard actually. I tend to cook whatever I can't have as is (such as unpasteurised cheeses) and then look at having food in moderation as they say. That or I replace everything with chocolate :-)

Sparklesandglitter Tue 25-Mar-14 19:55:53

I generally ate what I wanted in moderation. If I ate out I still occasionally had pate, prawns and rare steak. I also still drank tea with caffeine but cut down to one or two cups a day. Moderation is the key I believe

Apanicaday Tue 25-Mar-14 19:51:51

I tried several brands of decaf tea, but didn't like any of them as much as the caf stuff!

I spent a disproportionate amount of time planning my post pregnancy banned foods feast - the thought of all the yummy things I was going to eat on my first night home from hospital helped to make having to give it all up a bit easier (and it was as good as I anticipated when I did get to eat it smile )

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