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5 Really Bad Things You Did If You Were A Bad Ass Pregnant Lady

shutterstock_162477797I was such a pregnant bad ass. Correction, I was a pregnant BAMF. The funny thing is that I have never been the kind of person who likes to defy authority, but I felt so BOGGED DOWN by every little thing I wasn’t allowed to do while carrying a child. What a freaking drag.

But I had the power of the Internet at my fingers. Just to be contrary, I decided to research everything on the pregnancy don’ts list that was about a mile long. SHOCKER—a lot of the stuff that you are supposed to avoid in pregnancy is total BS, the perfect fodder for wildly circulating Internet rumors.

I did some bad, bad things while I was pregnant, but not because I’m a negligent idiot. I actually decided to think for myself and research my choices extensively. There’s no such thing as a pregnant saint, and there shouldn’t be. You can still be a normal person and enjoy the majority of your favorite things in moderation while pregnant, as long as you make an educated decision and feel comfortable with your choice.

Maybe you’re bad like me. Here are five of the worst things I did while pregnant:

1. Drank alcohol.

I absolutely refused to give up drinking while pregnant. This is such a hot button topic that I did tons of research on it, and I still read light drinking pregnancy articles with interest. If you want to argue with me, go ahead. I had two delicious glasses of wine a week with research to back me.

2. Drank coffee.

My husband and I have owned a coffee and espresso e-commerce website for five years, and I am the primary content writer. I know coffee and caffeine research inside and out, so don’t try to tangle with me. Coffee is fine in moderation while pregnant, unless advised differently by your doctor.

3. Ate a butt-load of sushi.

I am almost at the point where I want to punch every pregnant woman on my Facebook newsfeed who whines about her martyr-ly sushi craving. Just eat it. Experts recommend moderation at two rolls a week.

4. Slept on my back.

I love, love, love sleeping on my back, even with an 8 pound baby strapped to my stomach. I read all kinds of dramatic articles about how this could be harmful for blood flow, but the ultimate consensus was that your body will alert you of any potential danger to naturally shift positions in the night. Good sleep is the top priority for all pregnant ladies, regardless of position.

5. Flew on a plane.

Turns out you can fly whenever you want, as long as airlines are okay with it. My midwife was fine with it too. Hello, third trimester weekend getaway!

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  • Kendra

    I’m not sure why doing those things makes you a BAMF….therefore, I am wondering if I can still be a BAMF if I did not do any of those things, except for sleeping on my back sometimes?

  • ted3553

    I also rapelled down waterfalls in Costa Rica at 3 months. So tired of hearing of the cocoon that North America expects pregnant women to wrap themselves in for 10 months.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Hells yes.

    • OhHeyDelilah

      Ugh, I know! I’m 35 weeks pregnant now, and last weekend hubs and I went on a walking tour at this coastal site in Sydney. There were all these people saying ‘Wow! Are you coping okay? Aren’t you tired? Do you need to sit down?’ It was a slow-moving, 2.5 hour WALKING tour – it’s not like I was running a marathon or cage fighting or doing mixed martial arts. I was getting my husband to drag my fat ass up a few not-very-steep hills. And while I appreciated people’s concern (it actually was really nice that these random strangers were looking out for me), I did feel confused – am I supposed to be confined to bed or something??

    • AnastasiaMcNally

      When I was 37 weeks my partner and I went for a walk around our towns river, and the whole way around the woman a few metres in front of us would stop and rush back every time I even breathed a bit heavy. This wasn’t even up hills either just a few flat kms! It was weird and lovely all at once.

    • OhHeyDelilah

      Walking while pregnant? Bitchez be irresponsible!

    • JLH1986

      Most doctors say “If you do it now, do it while preggo” meaning don’t suddenly try to run a marathon because you wanna be a healthy preggo lady, but if you’ve been running marathons. Go nuts!

    • OhHeyDelilah

      HAHA how I wish I’d been running marathons. The closest I got was a 20-minute run through the park near our house and doing a pump class every week – but that stopped when I started busting out with a baby belly. It felt extremely weird to jog when my centre of gravity was so … off. So now I’m walking (read: hobbling around like an old woman) and feeling totally out of shape and READY TO GET THIS BABY OUT so I can have some semblance of my old life back!

  • Crusty Socks

    You drank alcohol and coffee? O_o

    I’m downgrading #1 from Yale to Dartmouth

  • Andrea

    Regarding sushi: I wish I would have known you when I was pregnant. I had a Cuban ob/gyn so he wasn’t about to limit my coffee intake (ha ha ha) and he told me a glass or two of wine every once in a while would be fine. But he drew the line in the sand at sushi and other raw foods. UGH how I missed it!! I literally gorged on sushi the NIGHT I came home from the hospital.

    Regarding sleeping on your back: as you got bigger and bigger didn’t this make it difficult to breath? It felt like the baby was lying directly on top of my lungs and/or esophagous or something because it was wildly uncomfortable.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I don’t know, I sleep like a corpse every night, so it felt weird after a while, but I couldn’t sleep any other way!!

    • Andrea

      Lucky you!

    • Jessifer

      I sort of compromised by eating vegetarian sushi or sushi that had cooked fish or seafood. It wasn’t as fulfilling but it served its purpose.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      From what I have heard from midwives, if you find sleeping on your back uncomfortable/impossible when pregnant, then don’t do it. if it doesn’t seem to affect you in any way, then you are fine. Basically, like the article says, your body will tell you. For me, I couldn’t sleep on my back – it made me feel like I couldn’t breath. I almost passed out during my 20 week ultrasound.

  • Joy

    Preach! I have done all of these things, with my doctor’s approval (including drink small amounts of wine on occasion and a single cup of coffee daily.) I’ve asked my OB about all kinds of “forbidden” foods and activities and she has rolled her eyes at each one and told me to use my brain, everything in moderation, and don’t smoke crack or anything, but if you’re smart about it and know when to quit almost anything is ok. Her advice on sushi was “don’t get it at a gas station or grocery store, but if you’re eating it from a reputable sushi place you really don’t need to worry, even if you eat the raw stuff, as long as you don’t go crazy and eat it every meal.”

    I thought it was funny that the only thing she’s straight up said she wouldn’t do if it were her own pregnancy is eat hot dogs. Not because they are any worse for a pregnant woman than the general population, but because they are “disgusting and not a food any human should eat.” That said, if I really want a hot dog, I have the green light to eat it despite her personal distaste for them. I freakin’ LOVE my OBGYN and would be so much more stressed out if I were going to a less-chill doctor.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I love your OB too! And gas station sushi gives me the heaves…

    • Joy

      Yeah, I thought that was an odd thing to say since I’ve never actually seen sushi at a gas station, but whatever. I HAVE eaten sushi at a train station in Germany, which was probably just as bad, but that wasn’t when I was pregnant and it was just cooked rolls. It makes me sad to have to pass on the free sushi samples at HEB when I’m grocery shopping, but I hear samples at grocery stores are kind of germy in general! even if it isn’t sushi! and since that’s the ONE thing my doctor said to probably avoid for safety reasons, I just suck it up and make my husband take me to a nice sushi restaurant later instead. :)

    • Bethany Ramos

      HEB! Texas love! Those HEB sushi chefs are so aggressive. ;)

    • Joy

      They are! But I love them anyway because I am a PITA about my sushi and always ask for a fresh roll even if there is one of the type I want already made, and they never give me crap about it. I hate when it gets all cold and soggy (the ones with crunchies on top, especially) and I’ve yet to encounter a sushi chef at HEB that gave me side-eye for not wanting to eat the rolls that have been in the cooler all day. I lived overseas for about four years and I think I missed grocery shopping at HEB more than any other stateside convenience.

    • Larkin

      7-11 definitely has sushi. Not a gas station, but at about the same level quality wise. I always wonder who buys it.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Preggos that hate their babies!!

    • Andy

      I love HEB sushi-if I’m taking both kids grocery shopping I bribe the almost four year old with M&M’s, am sweating with the baby in the Ergo, and get a fresh tuna avocado role as my reward for the drive home :)

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      I’m trying to imagine what gas station sushi would be like!

    • echo7341

      It’s the principle I think more than anything. Not actually raw sushi.. they use artificial krab meat (literally spelled k-r-a-b). I think it’s like how people wouldn’t order a burger at a seafood place ya know? And the yucky factor of how many people go in and out of a gas station per day

  • Jessifer

    I don’t think it’s unsafe to fly during the 3rd trimester, it just depends where. I work in travel insurance and sometimes have to deal with pregnant women who go on a babymoon to the Caribbean and end up going into labor prematurely. People have to be mindful of that stuff when they travel and think about whether they want to risk giving birth at 32 weeks in a country that doesn’t have a single hospital with a NICU.

    • Joy

      As much as I wanted to go to Jamaica, that is exactly why I didn’t book the trip. My super-chill OB is fine with pretty much everything but she recommended I skip a trip to any place without great NICU facilities available. She was willing to give permission for airline purposes anyway but suggested we not go to any of the places I wanted to go, so we went to NYC instead. Now that I’m 7.5 months preggo I’m glad I didn’t pay to go somewhere I would be in a bikini in public, because that shiz sounded like a much better idea when I was 10 weeks, not showing at all, and looking at vacation packages for the third trimester.

    • Jessifer

      Not to mention how friggin’ hot it gets over there. I gave birth in mid-July and spent the entire month of June and July in my air-conditioned apartment hiding from the heat. Third trimester under the Caribbean sun? Sounds more like an icky, sweaty nightmare to me!

  • Kay_Sue

    I could not sleep on my back. In fact, with my youngest I could only sleep at an angle in the last month, usually our recliner…damned heartburn. *sadness*

    But the rest…rock on with your badass pregnant self (who is no longer pregnant of course). :-P

    • MaebykittyRN

      Sleeping on my back made me feel like I was being slowly crushed to death by a bowling ball. I marvel at pregnant women who sleep on their back.

    • Kay_Sue

      I know. I am a side sleeper anyway, though, so I think it makes me a little biased. I marvel at anyone who can sleep all night on their back, and at pregnant people more than most.

  • Lilly

    the sushi/raw meat or seafood/cured meat one annoyed the hell out of me. The reason pregnant women are recommended not to eat is because getting food poisoning is really bad (as in most meds to treat it are counter-indicated for preggos), so it is not that you can’t eat it but that you should make an effort to minimize your risk of food poisoning (eg no gas station sushi). The joke on all this is that some of the biggest food borne illnesses outbreak recently have been cause by: spinach, strawberries, fruit smoothies with carrots, cantelope, and one meat one — all their meat not just the cured stuff (listeria outbreak in Canada).
    tl,dr: I ate sushi, raw oysters, cured meats my entire pregnancy and mocked all who judged me for being ignorant when I asked them what in the food was bad for baby.

    • ted3553

      I told people who questioned me on sushi, “what do you think Japanese women eat when they are pregnant?” . Like you say, you’re more careful about where you get stuff from.

    • Joy

      Exactly! Most of the recent major listeria outbreaks were from fresh produce and nobody is telling pregnant women not to eat spinach. Getting in the car to drive to your doctor’s appointments is way more risky than eating Brie or a sandwich with cold cuts on it.

    • Guest

      So true. My husband is the king of food poisoning and it is always from the damn spinach!

  • SA

    I had a miscarriage in the same year that I got pregnant with my now kiddo so needless to say I was a wussy-ass pregnant lady. Anything that might have a slight chance of miscarriage or baby death I wouldn’t do. However, I did research it a lot and things like deli meat and hotdogs have ZERO risk as long as they are heated so I did have several hot dogs!

    Alcohol was a different story for me though. I did partake of a few beverages because a glass or two doesn’t pose a risk and as you could see I was through the roof anxious so I know that it helped me if anything.

    People are better just doing what they can to stay relaxed and healthy. I wish I could have been less anxious during my pregnancy. If I were to do it again I don’t think I would be as strict.

  • val97

    I did all of these, except I didn’t sleep on my back. It was so uncomfortable, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Also, during my first pregnancy, I worked in a bar all the way up to and past my due date. Second hand smoke and lifting 30 lbs of ice over my head FTW.

  • rrlo

    With the second pregnancy I have decided to follow the advice of my OB and ONE reliable website. I selected Motherisk. And followed their recommendations. I refrained from alcohol during pregnancy (not that I particularly think there is anything wrong with it) – just Motherisk recommends against it.

    However, according to Motherisk EVERYTHING else on your list is perfectly fine.. so it is not even that badass haha.

    • rrlo

      Also, if any judgy mcjudge show up to this thread and start spouting how we are all horrible mothers, I have the links handy to shut them up.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I can’t wait for that… ;)

    • echo7341

      I am very disappointed. No judging as far as the eye can see. Damn!

    • Bethany Ramos

      Such disappoint. :/

  • echo7341

    No you can’t eat sushi when you’re pregnant! Because it’s mine. ALL THE SUSHI FOR ME. And the wine… Can’t forget the wine. :)

    Seriously, though, I plan to eat/drink all of this when/if I ever get pregnant. And if I get too hormonal, ragey, or feel like my head is going to explode, I may just have a damn cigarette, too.

  • darras

    I don’t drink coffee, I hate sushi… I did abstain from alcohol though, but I certainly wasn’t feeling very martyrish about it :) I totally slept on my back though! I LOVE sleeping on my back, and I flew.. So I guess I am a baby badass because I only did two out of five. A work in progress!

  • SusannahJoy

    I did all those things too! Except for the sushi thing. I was basically vegetarian while pregnant. Stupid super sensitive pregnant nose and stomach.

  • Emily Wight

    I did all these too! I liked this: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/the-list/ – that plus my old man OB really took the panic away from a lot of modern pregnancy ish.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      I am so team man OB, mine is much less judgy than the women I have been too. I think he has learned over his long career to step lightly around hormonal women. He must be such a good husband lol.

  • CMP414

    I did everything except fly on a plane because I got pregnant three weeks after we got back from vacation and I didn’t eat sushi because I have never liked it. I did everything else and both me and the baby were fine. I swear the forbidden list is just another way to scare moms to be. Anything using moderation and common sense should be fine.

  • lizinthelibrary

    I’ve eaten raw cookie dough! (Just a few spoonfulls). And bean sprouts! (Raw bean sprouts dumped in boiling hot broth at my favorite noodle place.) I literally never thought I would feel like a rebel for eating bean sprouts.

    • Larkin

      Yup! I’ve definitely eaten raw cookie dough. My husband made it, offered it to me, then exclaimed in a high, shrill old lady voice, “But the baby!!!! The baaaaaaaabbyyyyyyy!” And then we laughed and ate more.

      Bean sprouts are on the no-go list too???? Seriously, do they expect us to lock ourselves in a box?

  • kay

    I ran and did zumba while pregnant (knocked up zumba is HILARIOUS and I highly recommend it. twerking with a belly was the best) and it turns out people judge that a LOT. Pregnant women should go on nice walks or do serene yoga, not knock out a few miles?

    I didn’t drink because I wanted to see how long I could go without it. Friends didn’t believe I really had zero booze for that long. Because I’m a lush. Thanks friends!

    • Bethany Ramos

      I was looking everywhere for a pregnant twerking gif for my other post!!

    • kay

      IF ONLY YOU HAD STALKED MY GYM LAST YEAR!

  • Ife

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve done all of these too during my current pregnancy, and I give absolutely zero fucks. I also enjoy runny yolked eggs and sometimes I sit in the steam room at the gym for a few minutes after my workout since I’m pretty sure I’m capable of noticing when my core temperature rises to organ-and-baby cooking temps. Most of the recommendations for pregnant women seem to begin with the premise that I’m dumb as a box of hair and incapable of making common sense choices and…nope. I do indeed know the difference between a glass of wine and a bottle of gin.

    • JLH1986

      People have to be reminded to not iron their clothes while said clothes are on their body. So I think MOST instructions are meant for people who are just plain dumb…or like to have something to got all “sancti_____”.

    • Joy

      This is my theory too. The doctors can’t trust everyone to know that one small glass of wine and a pint-sized Long Island iced tea at happy hour are not the same thing, so they tell everyone “no alcohol at all.” Such stringent rules exist for the benefit of stupid people.

  • PregnantGuest

    As a currently pregnant woman I’m 50-50 on most these (but that’s me, I DGAF what other pregnant ladies do). A glass of wine here and there, research shows it’s really not going to cause harm. And even doctors are okay with caffeine. Again there is a lot of research showing that those things are okay and have really no affect on your developing baby, when done in moderation.
    But when it comes to sushi and deli meat i just can’t. It’s totally a mental thing for me, but the “what ifs” totally ruin the experience for me, so I couldn’t personally enjoy it. Since the research shows that if you get food poisoning from those things it is dangerous, I can’t get over that (personal things really). So even if the chance of it happening are low, I would just never forgive myself if I was on the unlucky-side of the chance and it did happen. And because of all that “what-if” I just avoid it, because the crazy head-stuff ruins it anyway. For those women that do eat it, more power to you – enjoy a roll for me!
    That being said, I’m not one of those people that public complains about not being able to eat those things. I just don’t eat them. And now there are lots of non-raw fish sushi rolls I am enjoying eating while pregnant (and I’m planning to stop for salmon rolls on the way home from the hospital).

    • SA

      That was me. And it isn’t like eating deli meat in moderation helps, it just takes one time. It was the worry that the listeria passed on to the baby can result in death and while I have never in my life had food poisoning from deli-meat, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy a singe bite of the sandwich.

  • aCongaLine

    I did #s 1, 2, and 4. That makes me 60% BAMF. I’ll take it.

  • SmrtGrl86

    I missed out on a summer of trail riding last year because no one thought it was a good idea for my clumsy self to be four feet in the air on a 1500 pound prey animal. Since I fell off my hay burner and broke my leg two years before (my fault) I really didn’t have much ground to stand on in terms of an argument. Told hubby he will be babysitting all summer while I traipse off with the horse trailer in search of adventure.

  • MaebykittyRN

    I enjoyed diet coke and deli meats while I was pregnant. Gimme that ham sandwich!

    • SmrtGrl86

      Same here diet coke and turkey sandwiches for the win!

  • http://mother--bored.tumblr.com/ Aimee Ogden

    I did all of these things except flying. I don’t even LIKE sleeping on my back when I’m not preggo, my enormous mass just kind of naturally flopped into that position! I blame gravity.

    The people who refuse to even drink a cup of coffee while pregnant, or eat even NON-RAW sushi rolls, enjoy carrying that pregnancy cross a little too much if you ask me.

  • Larkin

    Yeah, you can pry my sushi out of my cold, dead hands. I also think it’s ridiculous that they say you can’t eat lunch meat. Neither sushi nor lunch meat have ever given me food poisoning in the past, so I don’t see why I should suddenly start worrying now. I’m not going to eat gross sushi that’s been sitting out at a grocery store, but I’m totally still hitting up the restaurants I love (but keeping it a secret from my mother, who is not only convinced sushi will kill my unborn child… but also that it might not be safe for me to walk around our neighborhood because the sidewalks are sometimes uneven). The research I’ve done has shown that I’m probably more likely to get listeria from spinach or cantaloupe, and no one’s freaking out about those, so I’m not too worries.

  • Amanda

    Same thing here. I never understood all the crazy pregnancy rules. Eating lunchmeat was my big pregnancy sin. I think I’ve told this story on mommyish before, but once when I was about 7 months pregnant my husband and I stopped at a subway while we were on a road trip. I ordered my favorite: a COLD roast beef sandwich. The worker there (the only one in the store as far as we knew) basically refused to give it to me unless I toasted it. I was so shocked that I argued with her for a minute, and then gave in. Ugh. I like my roast beef sandwiches cold, OK!!

    My other big pregnancy sin was not taking my prenatal very religiously. Or at all. Because it made me throw up. Both my kids are healthy and normal, for the record.

    • Guest

      When I discussed with my doc the possibility that we’d start trying she basically just told me to limit my caffeine to one drink a day and to “do her a favor” and nuke any lunchmeat. I was like gross, I don’t want microwaved lunch meat…I would like some delicious cold meats with bacon, mustard, and…yummm

    • Guest

      Also, I’m so sorry I wasn’t there for your Subway experience because I would have made that woman rue the day she decided to input her toasting decisions on someone else’s sandwich.

  • Williwaw

    The one forbidden thing I faithfully (and joyfully) didn’t do during pregnancy was scooping the cat’s litter box.

    • BethAZ87

      My friend’s husband was such a dramatic jerk about cleaning the box, it would’ve been easier if she just did it herself. It was a constant battle during her first pregnancy.
      This is the biggest “forbidden” thing that no one could explain to me, so I did the research. And you know what? Scooping the box while pregnant is SO not a big deal. AT ALL.
      According to the CDC and ASPCA, cats who eat raw meat can become carriers for the disease, and there’s a 24 hour incubation period for the bacteria. Meaning, if your cats don’t go outside and hunt, and you scoop the box every day (which I was doing anyway), your chances of getting toxoplasmosis are nil – at that point, you have just as much a chance of getting it from eating undercooked meat you cook yourself. Wear gloves if you want and wash your hands afterwards. But seriously, nothing worth fighting over and no need to give up your cats.
      And for the record, I totally plan on going on a 2 day hiking trip to the Smoky Mountains when I’m 26 weeks.

    • Williwaw

      Haha, yeah, I briefly considered just having the cat (an inside cat) tested for toxoplasmosis when I got pregnant so that I could confirm it was okay to handle litter. Then I thought: why would I pass up nine months of my husband insisting on scooping the poo?

    • Lilly

      this one I just played along with — it has now been over 3 years since I have scooped the cat litter (except for a few odd days when hubby was travelling for work). I am responsible for cat’s food, water and brushing he gets the crappy tasks (pun totally intended), it is great.

    • SA

      Yeah, both my vet and OB said it was fine, but if I wanted I could keep up the charade to my husband. I did and I haven’t had to scoop the box since (kid is 18 months old!)

  • Km

    You’re an idiot. Try bragging about absolutely refusing to give up alcohol to your doctor. See where that will get you.

    You were blessed with a presumably healthy child and you took risks. I hope when they are older they may read this post and know how much their mom cared about them during a crucial time. You seem so proud of yourself, perhaps you could read it to him or her. Yes moderation is key, but in nine months you couldn’t make a sacrifice for your child. What a shame.

    • Bethany Ramos

      My doc okayed all of my choices. Thanks for your concern.

    • Guest

      “Kids, I was approved to do normal things while pregnant with you by my Dr. I hope you can forgive me.”

    • rrlo

      Yay, the judgement is here! Only it is so ridiculous and pointless that I can’t be bothered to pull out the links….

    • Bethany Ramos

      HA!

  • Badpreggo

    Can I brag, too? I’m 6 months pregnant and have had (in moderation) coffee, wine, deli meats, frozen yogurt (I mean, seriously?) and short jaunts in the hot tub (with a huge glass of ice water in hand). I’ve also downhill skied almost everyday, as well as backcountry skied, you know, in the backcountry. But I don’t eat fast food- all that sodium, saturated fat, animal cruelty and e. coli- why risk it? ;)

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I did all that stuff. Except the butt load of sushi. I only ate it twice. But Japan has one of the healthiest populations on Earth, so I was feeling pretty good about that one. I actually haven’t had any in over a year. This needs to be remedied.

  • aliceblue

    OK, I’m pushing 50 here. Booze,raw shellfish, and cigarettes have long been pregnancy no-nos. Thanks to a younger co-worker I learned about the “evils” of coffee and lunchmeats (not sure I understand the latter but whatever) but I’m curious when these got added to the previously short list? five years ago? 10? And what’s up with bean spouts and frozen yogurt? And how you sleep?? WTF is going on? People have had babies for years, but if they had all these rules for normal, non-risk pregnancies I’m amazed more people don’t say screw this shit.

  • angelina ♥

    I’ve been/was a pretty traditional avoid-anything-in-question kind of prego through both of my pregnancies (currently at 33 weeks with my second. On bedrest. In the hospital. For three freaking weeks now). I had never heard of avoiding soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt until really recently, though. So I had been eating frozen yogurt with my 5yo once every couple of weeks. I usually drink a fair amount of good craftbrews but surprisingly haven’t really missed or wanted it. With my first, I was totally repulsed by any alcohol or malt smell, which sucked since my husband was/is a home brewer so our house always smelled malty. This time I was bummed about no Champagne for NYE and one of the biggest things I miss is kombucha. I guess it’s a pregnancy no-no due to all the weird bacteria/probiotics. I’ve threatened more than once to go on a kombucha/raw fish/Champagne diet once this baby is born. And with the added hospitalization this time around, I’m sooo sick of the food here! When I get out I’ll be all stapled back together from a C-sect and will make my husband take me to In N’ Out or for tacos or something

  • Gretta

    Whatevs… If those things are so sooper important to you then I guess go ahead and do them.

    Me? Since booze, coffee and raw fish aren’t particularly good for the baby and could present a problem, I found it no biggie to give them up for a few months.

    But whatever, you’re a BAMF…or something.

    • rrlo

      I am sure due to your diligence and vigilance over sacrificing things that have shown to be perfectly fine during pregnancy your baby will grow up to be the supreme overlord of Earth and rule the babies of those of us that took a sensible approach and made decisions that simultaneously made us happy without putting our children in jeopardy. Go YOU!

    • Gretta

      … another BAMF…. or something.

    • rrlo

      No – just not into “sacrificing” harmless things for no reason.

  • BethAZ87

    I recently read somewhere that women in Great Britain aren’t told to avoid deli meats like we are here. So I wonder if they have stricter regulations as to what kind of deli meats/deli meat ingredients can be sold in general? Or if they just aren’t hopping on the “OMG, you can’t eat that” bandwagon.
    It’s become ridiculous how delicate everyone thinks pregnant women are. My various friends have all been told different things by their OBs, and there’s so many contradicting studies out there, you just have to use some common sense and do whatever you feel is best. If you don’t care about eating soft cheese, give it up. If you can’t live without it, go for it, since odds are (at least in America) it’s made from pasteurized milk and is safe. That sort of thing.

  • Jell

    Glad to hear the sushi/raw meat/deli meat thing is a big hype. I always suspected as much. As someone who partakes in sushi and carpaccio when it’s available I figured it was just common sense to get the highest quality stuff you could get and use your best judgement whether you were pregnant or not.

  • Guest

    Thank you! Everytime I see my fb light up with “Man, wish I could go to Subway!” or “Wish I could have some sushi!” I wanna slap a B.

  • meghancnyc

    Read “Expecting Better” and feel all your worries melt away. #science #data

    • Bethany Ramos

      Yes, love Emily Oster!

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    i remember asking my stepmom at 5 months pregnant was she not supposed to eat fish, as she was stuffing smoked salmon into her face .

    the cackling could be heard for miles around….