I’m all for eating the right foods in pregnancy and avoiding the ‘no no’ foods but when I had a couple look at me side ways when I was tucking into my massive bowl of ‘oh so needed’ chilli mussels I thought right, enough is enough!
I mean, I thought I new it all, I thought I had done my research.…..were chilli mussels really a no go zone?
I was at a girlfriends house a few weeks back and she had made this gorgeous cheese platter. I didn’t hesitate to tuck right in. About half an hour into our catch up she looked and me and said “Rayne, should you be eating that cheese”? I immediately had a mini heart attack and asked whether it was Australian, she replied ‘yeah’ and we both cracked up. Now this girlfriend is definitely not one to tell me off, she is one of those gorgeously relaxed non-judgmental friends but was merely shocked at the pregnant woman tucking into at least 1/3 of the glorious brie cheese that was oh so close for the taking.
To be completely honest, it’s irresponsible to at least not check I know, but I just forgot. I honestly forgot! I will admit there was a definite guilt that followed but it really got me thinking about all these foods we ‘are not aloud to eat’ and why??
Being part owner and manager of restaurant Beluga in Claremont, I see it all the time. I can’t eat that, I’m pregnant. What’s in that? I’m pregnant. I’m pregnant, I’m, pregnant, I’M PREGNANT!
Please don’t think I am being disrespectful, I am very proud of women who take care of what they eat while they are growing another human being. You must ask questions, you must be informed about what is going in your mouth but I just think we could do a little research first.
I think back to see if it’s the third pregnancy that had got me. Was I more careful the first and second time around? Am I being irresponsible? Neglectful? Am I becoming too relaxed? I mean, I couldn’t find anything to tell me that chilli mussels and pasteurised cheese was not ok.
Surely those hot chips, battered fish and burgers that are whoffed down are 50 times worse than a freshly cooked prawn or a bowl of steaming hot chilli mussels, or even a little bit of Australian brie cheese!
Surely one coffee is nowhere near as bad as a can of lemonade or coke is for the baby. Think about all that sugar! What about the huge amount of extra butter we allow ourselves when buttering our deliciously fresh bread, what goodness will the baby will take out of that? Nothing. Baby says “I don’t want that crap, you keep it”. Baby is smart!
Dr’s orders; If it’s fresh and cooked, including shellfish, it’s fine. If it’s Australian cheese, it’s pasteurized, if it’s freshly sliced prosciutto go ahead (but discard the first piece as it’s been exposed to the air). Have one caffeine drink a day and please drink plenty of water.
Most important, EXCERCISE!!!
I AM STILL A MASSIVE BELIEVER IN LITTLE TO NO ALCOHOL
I know why we get so caught up in what we eat, we want to do everything that we can to protect and encourage the growth of our baby. I just think it’s too easy loose sight of all the other positive things we could be doing for our bundle of love and concentrate on what we ‘can’t’ eat.
Exercise produces endorphins, endorphins make us happy, and endorphins cross the placenta, happy baby!!!
BUT!!!! I want to hear from you!!
Are there any first time mothers reading this? What are the foods that you avoid and why?
What about second and third time mothers. Are you more relaxed this time? Does that mean we are being irresponsible or are we better informed?
What foods has your obstetrician or midwife asked you to avoid at all cost and what have they said is ok?
Please comment, I would love to hear from you all x