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#1 of 45 Old 04-30-2009, 04:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I keep forgetting - lunch meat! When I was pregnant with DS, I would microwave the lunch meat before eating.
Also, soft cheeses. I LOOOOVE Blue cheese dressing, go figure I buy the good stuff, and get pregnant, lol
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Sushi. I missed it so much when I was pregnant with my son... I suppose I can have the cooked stuff though.
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sigh... I'm going to miss sushi so much... It's worth it though! And goat cheese. Oh well, plenty of other stuff to go around. :

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I know I am going to probley get grief for this but I having been craving sushi like something crazy...I had some this weekend

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Apparently soft cheese is fine as long as it's made with pasteurized milk - which kills the listeria (which is why we're told to avoid it).

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so for lunch meat, I thought that was for processed meats, right? I looked at the ingredients on my lunchmeat, and it is roasted sliced turkey breast...

For me right now, I have to avoid cow's milk, talk about noxious gas! but that's just a temporary thing hopefully.

the sushi really makes me sad. oh well, plenty of cooked rolls to enjoy!

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As long as the cheese is pasteurized -- 99.9% of the stuff sold in the U.S. is -- you're fine. And you CAN have sushi...just avoid the raw stuff.
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For sushi you don't have to avoid the raw stuff... I really hate that myth!!

the fish that is used in most Sushi has been previously frozen to be transported and stored (it is the freshest that way) and the freezing kills as efficiently as cooking...

I buy my Sashimi grade Salmon and other fish frozen at the local fish place and make the most amazing sushi... and I will not hesitate for a second to eat sushi at any good restaurant...

Also... Soft cheese... as was said... most cheese that you buy in the grocery store has been pasteurized and there is no worries at all in that case, it is the raw soft cheeses that may be a problem, especially if you are not used to eating them...

I wrote this a few years ago... What not to eat while pregnant...

 
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so for lunch meat, I thought that was for processed meats, right? I looked at the ingredients on my lunchmeat, and it is roasted sliced turkey breast...
That's what I thought too.

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The only food/drink I'm avoiding is alcohol, which is a personal choice that I do not wish to debate. As for food, I can't think of something I'm not going to eat. My avoiding-because-I-have-no-interest list is long, though.
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For sushi you don't have to avoid the raw stuff... I really hate that myth!!

the fish that is used in most Sushi has been previously frozen to be transported and stored (it is the freshest that way) and the freezing kills as efficiently as cooking...

I buy my Sashimi grade Salmon and other fish frozen at the local fish place and make the most amazing sushi... and I will not hesitate for a second to eat sushi at any good restaurant...

Also... Soft cheese... as was said... most cheese that you buy in the grocery store has been pasteurized and there is no worries at all in that case, it is the raw soft cheeses that may be a problem, especially if you are not used to eating them...

I wrote this a few years ago... What not to eat while pregnant...
Thank you Paxye!
It's so weird, as soon as I get a BFP, I start feeling like I'm no longer in control of my body and my choices; I'm so ready to let anyone who's an "expert" dictate what's right for me. I'm going to have to work really hard to remember that everything has its risks and rewards, and that I'm the only one who gets to decide what MY beautiful, fun, stress-free pregnancy looks like. Common sense and moderation is what makes most sense to me... until the next 'lastest' study comes out and has me running scared all over again!:
So, a few my own little rules, for now:
-Stay away from coffee (mostly), but allow myself some black tea.
-Avoid all those great, gooey, stinky cheeses, and stick to hard and pasteurized.
-Bring on the chocolate!
-Eat cooked sushi, or make my own at home.
-Choose hot sandwiches, if possible.
-I'm OK with a half glass of wine a couple times a week after 1st trimester.

I'm sure I'll be adding to this, but that's a start! And again, these are just for me. We all have to listen to our own bodies.

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Tuna - at least not too often anyway. DH and I researched it last night and light tuna is okay, but not more than twice a week.

So, no goat cheese, for real? DD3 is allergic to cow's milk, so I've occasionally treated myself to goat/sheep cheese.

I'm not really giving up too much, definitely not coffee unless morning sickness dictates otherwise. I've never eaten sushi, so nothing to give up there. No alcohol for me, I'm just not comfy with it. We rarely eat lunch meat, but if I do, I'll just nuke it. And I don't like anything the least bit raw anyway, so no problems with eggs or meat.

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Being a vegetarian there isn't much I have to give up. I just have to be a bit more careful about protein and calcium than I usually am.

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Scheelimama, nothing to do with food, but I just have to say that I love your kids' names!

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So, no goat cheese, for real? DD3 is allergic to cow's milk, so I've occasionally treated myself to goat/sheep cheese.

Goat cheese is no problem if it is pasteurized... I personally wouldn't even avoid the raw stuff from a reputable source...

 
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The only food/drink I'm avoiding is alcohol, which is a personal choice that I do not wish to debate. As for food, I can't think of something I'm not going to eat. My avoiding-because-I-have-no-interest list is long, though.
Yes this, though I'll probably have a small cup of wine or beer in labor...it really helped me calm down last time.

Last time I went totally decaf for at least the first couple of months but this time I'm keeping one of two morning cups of coffee. Other than that, I'm not really worried.

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Scheelimama, nothing to do with food, but I just have to say that I love your kids' names!
Awww, thanks! I have to admit that dh picked them all. It will be hard to find another name to go so well with the first three. :

So, I'll have to check and see if the goat/sheep cheese I occasionally get is pasturized. I doubt if I'll give it up, since I only eat it perhaps once a month anyway.

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Thank you Paxye!

So, a few my own little rules, for now:
-Avoid all those great, gooey, stinky cheeses, and stick to hard and pasteurized.
Just saying again... most of those gooey stinky cheeses are pasteurized also especially if you are buying from a grocery store...

All these restrictions are just another way to control and make pregnancy look like an illness... do you really think that Japanese women don't eat raw sushi? or French women don't have cheeses and a glass of wine at times? If you make conscious choices of what you eat (buy sushi from a reputable place and if you are scared ask if the fish was frozen... if you don't live next to the ocean most likely it was for freshness... buy a pasteurized cheese instead of going for the raw whether it be cheddar or brie or blue, have a half of glass of wine once in a while but not more...

As women we need to take control of our bodies... make informed choices for ourselves instead of just listening to the "experts" that would rather ban everything 100% then just tell women what to look out for...

and just to say... my choices... I haven't been drinking coffee lately but I do drink tea, I avoid alcohol in the first trimester but will permit it in small amounts after... I eat raw cheddar cheese (the only cheese I eat) in small amounts... we don't eat processed meats or most other processed foods so nothing to avoid there, I eat peanut butter, I will make veggie pate and enjoy it, and I eat raw Sushi and Sashimi like there no tomorrow...

 
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I just ate some really delicious goat cheese mashed potatoes. And when I was pregnant with my son I had an odd craving for gas-station hot dogs. Haha! How gross!

My biggest vice is soda! So I'm cutting back and sticking with mainly decaf variations when I do choose to drink it.

And check this! Dark chocolate to prevent Pre-E!

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/dark-chocolate-during-pregnancy-may-prevent-preeclampsia.html


I also read somewhere that dark chocolate can result in a happier and healthier baby! I loaded up on dark chocolate truffles my 3rd trimester last time. lol

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I have a decaf coffee in the am with a small amount of regular coffee. I really miss having an occassional soda. As far as deli meats I know they say to avoid, but I read a book written specifically on infertility and pregnancy loss and it stated that the chances on someone having a miscarriage due to eating deli meat was extremly rare.

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...I'll probably have a small cup of wine or beer in labor...it really helped me calm down last time....
Very clever! I may have to think about that.
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i agree with absolutely everything paxye said. i just had some sushi the other day...

i also still have coffee. a cup a day. unless it doesn't sound good. i really prefer to listen to my body and follow my cravings. seems more sensible that way.

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Very clever! I may have to think about that.
It was kind of spur of the moment...about an hour after my water broke and I was in the bathtub, freaking out, and I thought, STOP, you're tensing up -- I need a drink! The sheer intensity of it kind of caught me off guard. So DH brought me a Bud Lite and I nursed it for awhile...after that, I was really able to wrap my head around the contractions and the next few hours passed really quickly.

This time, though, I'm (1) not waiting until an hour into labor and (2) making sure I have Pacifico in the fridge.
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http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/dark-chocolate-during-pregnancy-may-prevent-preeclampsia.html


I also read somewhere that dark chocolate can result in a happier and healthier baby! I loaded up on dark chocolate truffles my 3rd trimester last time. lol

ha! I had a total 3 week chocolate binge before my son was born. Dark chocolate all the way, I couldn't stop eating it! More proof to follow your instincts and cravings

Very interesting about the raw fish and it being frozen. Right now the texture of sushi is sorta grossing me out, but I'll be happy to scarf it down in the 2nd trimester once I don't feel sick any more.

I was drinking a cup of coffee a day until the smell made me turn green. Now I can't even think of it, and black tea makes me queasy too, so I'm sticking with herbal if I crave it. Hot chocolate with marshmallows sounds yummy though! mmmmm...

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I pretty much only abstain from alcohol, everything else is fair game
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Maybe Ive been living in a cave, but I had never even heard about the lunch meat thing. (which isnt a problem because I dont care for it anyway)

I have been craving sushi like CRAZY! I really only like the cooked stuff anyway and Im not a fan of tuna either. There is a really great sushi place next door to the wine bar I work at and I have eaten it every day for 2 straight weeks!

As for alcohol, I am limiting myself to a sip of wine here and there. I work at a wine bar so it has not been much fun pouring all those wonderfully delicious wines and not getting to drink them! The other day I wanted wine so bad, I made my coworker let me smell her glass!

I am not totally cutting out caffiene, but I am definately cutting back.

I also just lost about 35 lbs from baby #1 so I am trying to eat healthy and continue to exercise so that its not such an uphill battle next time.
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Well I haven't had caffiene in about 8 months, so that one is not a problem. I don't drink alcohol for religious reasons and soft cheese gross me out.

The one I ever have problem with is Tuna, I LOVE TUNA. I could eat it ever day. Tuna rce patties, seared, canned with lemon joce. I am weird, I know but I love it...

Oh Tuna, how I miss theee.......!

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Pretty much just avoiding alcohol until about the 3rd trimester. Then I will have a half glass here and there. Could soooo use some sushi! Wish I knew how to make it myself. Also trying to keep away from refined sugars.

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Oh man...

You know, when I'm pregnant, it's all about what to ADD to my diet, not take away! I don't avoid anything, unless it's obviously from a ad source, undercooked or ridiculous. I have to make sure to eat more veggies and more protein, and I do that. Honestly, I tend to eat better while pregnant - a much more colorful diet.

And no...I don't avoid lunchmeat, sushi, goats milk cheese, anything really. Nope.

Ah - and just to show you - we went to KFC (huge mistake) last May, ate a bit and had the worst case of food poisoning I have EVER had in my life. I'm talking projectile. All over the living room. I'm talking we-never-went-back-there-again-ever - and it's been a year. Just thinking of fried chicken totally ruins my appetite nowadays. So there we go - supposed to be from a reputable source, but nooooo....

I totally agree with the blog entry as well - why is it that some of these everything-avoiding moms (I'm thinking of other boards here) have all the tests in the world done? It is so bizarre how someone can avoid caffeine and chocolate and all manner of yummy things throughout pregnancy, only to be doped up on demerol and an epidural during their elecetive cesarean at the end of it...crazyness.

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I have a decaf coffee in the am with a small amount of regular coffee.
Me too, I am like 80% decaf right now, and will continue to wean... but what I am really going to miss is margaritas. 40 weeks is a lot of mexican food without proper beverage accompaniment. Sigh... lonley, lonley queso dip.

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