If Anyone Tells You Not To Enjoy Coffee, Wine Or Sushi During Pregnancy – Tell Them To Shove It

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shutterstock_63893440__1405108348_142.196.167.223There certainly is a laundry list of things you are told not to consume when pregnant, and a lot of it is bullshit. If you are a reasonable person who can reasonably assess the difference between a little bit of something and too much of a good thing – you can have almost all the things people tell you to avoid. Being pregnant can be enough of a drag without constantly policing yourself – or worse – being policed by others.

When it comes to caffeine, the March of Dimes suggests pregnant women limit their intake to 200mg a day, which is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee. This means you can pretty much enjoy every drink that Starbucks offers, as the espresso drinks actually have less caffeine then the regular coffee. If you like to stick to regular coffee, you should stick to the tall size instead of going for the grande. Everyone knows regular Starbucks coffee is basically crack, so I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear that you probably shouldn’t order up a Venti. I brewed my regular coffee at home and had a cup pretty much every day with both of my pregnancies. If you enjoy coffee and don’t overdo it, there is no reason not to have a cup.

Nothing makes some onlookers more judgy-judgy than seeing a pregnant woman partake in booze. There have been several studies done on the effects of moderate drinking while pregnant. Your doctor will generally recommend that you steer clear of it entirely, but several studies have proven that a couple glasses of wine a week have no adverse effect. Again – everything in moderation. If you feel like having a glass of wine when you go out to dinner – go for it. There is no study that has conclusively proven that this type of light drinking is harmful:

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says no amount of alcohol has been shown to be safe, but the U.K. equivalent (the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) says that while not drinking is the safest option, “Small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy have not been shown to be harmful.”

Since all women metabolize alcohol differently, it’s easy to see why doctors err on the side of “just don’t do it.” But that doesn’t mean, according to several studies, that light drinking will have adverse effects. I think it’s just safer for doctors to assume that not everyone has the same definition of “light drinking” – and avoid the matter all-together.

Sushi. This is another thing I indulged in during both pregnancies. Not all sushi is raw – there are plenty of cooked options; crab, shrimp and eel for example – not to mention vegetarian rolls. When I was pregnant I was honestly just craving the amazing soy/wasabi/ginger blend so the sushi itself just served as a vehicle to get that in my face. Some worry about cross-contamination of other raw goods in the kitchen, but if you subscribe to that paranoia you should just not eat out at all – as there are certainly raw elements in every kitchen.

Basically – don’t freak yourself out. If consuming any of this stuff causes you any stress or worry, it’s probably better to skip it. But if you are one of the ones who isn’t worried about consuming small amounts of this stuff – don’t let anyone guilt you for your decisions. You’re not a baby – you’re just carrying one. Pregnant women are perfectly capable of deciding what’s best for themselves.

(photo: Sergey Peterman/ Shutterstock)


  1. EmmaFromÉire

    July 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    You’ll have a serious job prising california rolls from me….

  2. dragonzflame

    July 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I always assumed the ‘no-alcohol’ recommendation was for a couple of reasons: one, there’s no ethical way to conclusively determine exactly how much alcohol causes FAS and at what stage of gestation, and two, if you say ‘drink in moderation’ then women who would habitually drink a bottle of wine and eight vodkas a day might just cut back to half a bottle of wine and four vodkas a day and call it good.

    Not that I think it’s wise to drink all you want in pregnancy, but I don’t think ladies who have a sip of their husbands’ beer or a splash of champagne at a wedding deserve the death glare.

    (Also, isn’t the sushi thing less about the fish and more about the rice? Rice that’s cooked in bulk and cooled too slowly can grow bacteria. But then, surely just go to a reputable sushi place at a busy time. What do Japanese women do?)

    • Larkin

      July 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Interesting… someone else mentioned the rice above, too. All the warnings I’ve seen have specifically said to not eat raw fish. There’s never been any mention of rice whatsoever.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      That’s my understanding of the alcohol guideline too–just simpler for doctors to say not to have any because there is no way to determine what is/isn’t safe.

    • AP

      July 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      I’ve read that about rice, too. Apparently cooked-and-cooled rice is like nature’s petri dish, the perfect temperature, moisture, and nutrients for growing bacteria.

      I also read a thing recently saying that women planning on conceiving and small children should eat rice at the same frequency as tuna due to the arsenic in rice, and if you do eat rice, you should boil it like pasta and dump out the excess water. I haven’t heard of this catching on though.

    • jen27

      July 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Apparently the raw fish issue is that 1)raw fish can have certain bad toxins and 2) it’s rare, but apparently wrong fish can carry a parasite that’s very dangerous to a fetus (it seems that it prevents fetus from absorbing essential nutrients).

  3. Erin

    July 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    My friend got listeria at 31 weeks pregnant from eating soft cheese because everyone told her not to freak out and that “a little won’t hurt”. Both she and her daughter nearly died. Whilst I get your article is playful, medical/scientific advice should always be prized over anecdotal evidence (a view most agree to when talking about vaccinations but for whatever reason you’re choosing to ignore now). And rice has one of the highest food poisoning rates in the world so cooked sushi can be dangerous as well. Please be careful when writing a “fun” article not to put people at risk.

    • Larkin

      July 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      So… you’re saying that actually pregnant women shouldn’t eat any rice? Because obviously it’s not just in sushi.

    • Erin

      July 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      No of course not but you need to be very confident in how it is cooked, stored and if it is reheated or not. So at home you can be much more in control of these factors. My second pregnancy I spent in Dubai and my Arabic doctors warned against eating any pre cut salads etc. not because pregnant women cannot eat salads but because of it’s storage/contamination risks.
      Obviously one would hope we could all employ common sense but there’s a general feeling of invinsibility that comes from people spreading these types of “my kid is fine so what the hell” views and sadly not all sense is common anymore.

    • DB

      July 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      So don’t eat anything that I didn’t cook myself.

      Uhmmm, no.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      You can get listeria from anything though. The last 2 outbreaks around here were linked to cantaloupe and spinach. Should those be restricted now too?

    • Erin

      July 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      If you read my other reply you’d see I did say there are risks associated with the prep and storage of a number of foods. My point is that incorrect food handling can lead to illness. You should be conscious of this at any time but obviously more so when you’re pregnant. Unfortunately when people feel criticized for their choices they usually react and become defensive and sometimes feel a statement of fact is more an accusation of guilt.
      People should be careful full stop. And if this was a discussion about advice for granted.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      I think the problem a lot of people have is that once you are pregnant, plenty of people–not their doctor, just random people–feel they have the right to comment on your food choices. All food everywhere at all times could possibly kill you or make you ill. Guidelines are fine, but how far do they go? A pregnant woman doesn’t deserve to have her food choices questioned just because someone somewhere thinks that what they’re consuming could dangerous.
      Like Maria said in the article, if you aren’t comfortable “risking it” with any of these foods, then don’t. But if someone else is, that’s their business. And I won’t assume that they just need to hear my advice and then they’ll change their mind.

    • FF4life

      July 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      I have never known anyone who has gotten listeria. But I know plenty of pregnant women who have eaten soft cheese and sushi while pregnant. It’s a risk assessment scenario. I was 38 weeks pregnant and exposed to measles at my oldest child’s well visit last year. Even though I have been immunized, i still had to receive preventative treatment because the immune system is suppressed during pregnancy.

      It was a terrible experience. But it will not stop me from taking my children to the doctor during my next pregnancy.

    • sudden_valley

      July 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Listeriosis is incredibly rare. 1700 cases a year, and only about 17-27% of those occur in pregnant women. Personally, I felt very comfortable eating lunch meats and soft cheeses knowing how small the risk is, and I didn’t appreciate being shamed for it–which I was, many times. Everyone needs to make their own informed choice, when that choice only affects that person.

    • FF4life

      July 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      In before sanctimonious, “it affects baby too!” Reply.

    • sudden_valley

      July 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Yeah, I’m hoping this is the wrong website for that 🙂

    • KarenMS

      July 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      The difference between this and vaccinations is that medical professionals are nearly unanimous on their position regarding vaccines. The things mentioned in this article; there just isn’t a consensus.

    • Dr. Apothecary

      July 12, 2014 at 3:14 am

      This article is pretty consistent with medical advice. Yes, some of it is considered controversial, but some doctors are okay with very light drinking during pregnancy, more so now with research coming out in the past few years. Most all doctors and nurse practitioners are okay with low to moderate caffeine amounts.
      There was nothing mentioned at all in the article about soft cheese being okay. I personally believe women should be told of the very severe risk of listeria, how to reduce that risk, and also that it’s rare (but obviously the safest way is to reduce your risk as much as possible). A clearer outlining of potentially infective foods would help, too. The amount of foods listed is a large amount of a diet, especially when dealing with morning sickness and trying to keep anything down, and some foods are definitely more risky than others.

      I don’t know where you’re getting the rice thing. Yes, rice is a risk for food poisoning, but that’s usually more of an issue in a buffet or something. Also, the food poisoning coming from rice is no more harmful than any other type of food poisoning (not counting Listeria obviously) during pregnancy. If you avoid rice in a sushi place because of a risk of food poisoning, you might as well not eat out the entire nine months.

    • Psych Student

      July 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Is it possible that rice has such a high food poising rate merely because the rate of consumption is so high? Additionally, with it being a staple food in so many countries, it is likely often produced without oversight, resulting in a great many unsafe practices.

  4. Ursi

    July 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I’d totally be the preggo bitch kicking back half a glass of vinho verde with a rainbow roll. Man, now I”m craving exactly that.

    • Katherine Handcock

      July 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Yum, rainbow rolls. I was supposed to go out for sushi with my husband and his family a week ago and the place in town was closed for vacation 🙁 How long until our anniversary again?

  5. Momma425

    July 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Okay, this is me:
    When I was pregnant, I did have caffine, but avoided all other foods I was “supposed” to. It was a long sucky 9 months of no drinking alcohol.
    But that was my choice.
    I am not anyone’s doctor, nor do I know what a random pregnant woman I meet plans to do with a pregnancy (for all I know, she has an abortion scheduled tomorrow). I am not the pregnancy police, not do I make the assumption that people around me are completely uneducated and it is up to me to educate them about what they “should be” eating. Honestly- what they put into their mouth is really none of my business and none of my concern.

    • Spongeworthy

      July 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      I so agree with you about not “educating” pregnant women. I hate the assumption that a pregnant woman is public property and anyone can offer their 2 cents on what she should or shouldn’t be doing.
      I don’t know what is wrong with people that they feel comfortable telling a stranger that they are wrong for eating/drinking something.

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  6. Bethany Ramos

    July 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    YES I did all of this moderately while pregnant. Great points.

  7. Valerie

    July 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I was not a coffee drinker at the time I had my kids but I am now. And the world would certainly prefer that I keep drinking it if I’m ever pregnant again.

  8. Visharoo

    July 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I have been lucky enough to live overseas for both of my pregnancies- Italy for my first and Japan for my second. It is funny to see what pregnant women in these countries are and aren’t “allowed” to eat. In Italy they are told not to eat salad or any raw veggies, but wine, soft cheese, and even smoking is deemed ok. In Japan, I am not the only preggo woman who goes to the sushi-go-rounds 🙂

    • Sailor Fruitpunch

      July 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I was in Okinawa for a few years and I would KILL to go to a sushi-go-round right now.

    • Elizabeth Licata

      July 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Haha, yeah. I was told to stay away from salads unless I made them myself and washed them conscientiously, but my doctor didn’t say anything about raw milk cheese or even alcohol. I think she did say no raw eggs and no raw meat, though.

  9. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    July 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    The amount of food items that could potentially be a problem during pregnancy is, frankly, ridiculous. And medical professionals can’t seem to agree on everything that’s safe or not. I worried so much about all of that during my first pregnancy, to the point where I didn’t have any caffeine among a lot of other things, but by my second I wasn’t nearly as concerned. (I did get mild food poisoning during my first trimester with my 2nd, which sucked; I probably shouldn’t have eaten that hoagie.) But there was no way I would have been functional throughout my second if I had abstained from caffeine again.

  10. alp

    July 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I quit drinking coffee before I got pregnant and you wouldn’t believe the flack people give me, its like they get offended because they drank coffee when they were pregnant and I am not. My good friend recently gave me crap for taking morning sickness meds (dilectin) because I was hospitalized twice for extreme dehydration and couldn’t keep anything down, and for eating deli meats once and awhile (from reputable places) but she was the first to tell me I am being “silly” for not drinking coffee because she drank 3+ cups a day when she was pregnant and nothing bad happened.
    I choose to do/or not do things that I think is right. I don’t care what you did while pregnant its up to me to weigh the risks. For me, I choose no caffeine (I was NEVER a hard core coffee person and barely drank it when not pregnant) it wasn’t something I missed cutting out of my life. I choose to take morning sickness meds even with the tiny chance they could cause a problem because its too hard for me to be sick all day. If you are ok with being sick lots, and choose not to take the pills but cant quit caffeine then that’s fine too! (ps. I also sometimes has a sip or two of wine, wine is amazing)

    • KarenMS

      July 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I was always too sick for coffee and alcohol while pregnant; even the thought of them made me sick. But I always felt compelled to qualify with “But I WOULD have them if I wanted them!” to avoid offending. And I totally would.

  11. jendra_berri

    July 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I hear the no raw sushi bit all the time, but you can totally eat raw sushi while pregnant if it’s been flash frozen. Flash freezing has the same effect on meats as cooking does. Parasites and bacteria cannot survive that process.
    So I wish people would stop telling women only cooked sushi is okay. If the place is reputable and they flash freeze, you can eat it. I mean, heck, women in Japan don’t switch to cooked sushi. Their population is healthy and sizeable.

  12. jen27

    July 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    As with everything else this is a ‘moderation is key’ issue. I just hate that mommyshaming starts before the kid is even out of utero.

  13. Abby

    July 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I think people get very sensitive about their own pregnancy, and rightly so. I mean, your hormones are going CRAZY, plus you’re spending a lot of time thinking about your own autonomy vs. your upcoming role as a caretaker for another person. I think especially for first pregnancies, it’s SUCH a big change to go from no kids to suddenly having to make those types of calls.

    As such, I think that those decisions, which we start making from pregnancy on, feel really really personal. I found it really hard to have any of my own decisions questioned, and I hated having to defend myself when anyone reminded me (for my own good? or just to be jerks?) that it’s not just a decision for ME anymore, it’s for my baby! Every time I heard that, it made me really flabbergasted and overwhelmed that I was entering a world where people weren’t necessarily giving me the benefit of the doubt that I was capable of making my own good choices.

    Now, personally, I veer WAY towards the opinions expressed in this article — that you can actually do/eat a lot of things that people traditionally think that you can’t. However, just as I’d not want someone to tell me to shove it if I expressed what I was choosing to do, I try to listen and be understanding too when others tell me that they opt to cut something out while they’re pregnant. I mean, I don’t think ANYONE enters into those decisions lightly; we’re all thoughtful people (I hope!).

    So while I don’t think you were necessarily saying that we should yell at people who make different choices, I also try really hard to keep my own decisions to myself and take any criticism I may receive with at least a smidge of good grace (but honestly, just a smidge. See: hormones!).

  14. Rachel Sea

    July 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Food poisoning and parasitic infection can occur from any food that is not cooked to steaming hot and eaten immediately, but it is just not possible to eat that way. Don’t eat at restaurants where the staff have obviously bad hygiene, and if any of your friends or relatives follow the 5 second rule a little too enthusiastically, maybe you cook for them instead of the other way round.

  15. tk88

    July 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Excuse me, I need to stop reading online articles to go check in with the teenager with Fetal Alcohol Effects that I mentor. I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to know she can drink wine if she gets pregnant and her child won’t have the effects and disabilities she and her sisters have.

    • DB

      July 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Because one glass of wine will totes cause problems… Le sigh.

    • KarenMS

      July 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Well, she can and the child won’t….surely you know that her and her sisters’ condition wasn’t caused by a glass of wine a week. You must have to know to be in that sort of relationship with her.

    • Maria Guido

      July 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      OH GOD. This is why we can’t have nice things. Good try on the guilt trip, but I have a Greek mom – so I’m pretty much a pro at ignoring those.

  16. Youthier

    July 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I am surprised by how little caffeine is in most caffeine beverages. Most cans of pop have about 55mg, meaning you could have 3 and a handful of Hershey Kisses. I stick to one a day myself during pregnancy (I don’t do regular coffee and I can’t afford daily lattes) but I know someone that acts like half a can of Cherry Coke should be a monthly treat and anything more is irresponsible.

  17. Youthier

    July 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Emily Oster has a really cool book about pregnancy risks. It helped me make my own personal decisions about what to avoid (soft cheese and deli meat) and what I shouldn’t sweat.

  18. Jill Loutas

    July 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I put down the smokes (both the funny and serious kind) the moment I found out I was pregnant. Had probably three sips of wine (to taste it!!), no beer or anything else the whole time and stopped all unsafe medications without hesitation. Coffee? Coffee is my dark mistress. I just. couldn’t.

  19. Sailor Fruitpunch

    July 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I was so, SO pissed off when I found out that I actually can eat sushi. I had already gone six and a half months believing it was purely off-limits to me. My life felt like such a huge lie.

    I don’t drink much coffee, but they will have to pry my daily can of Coke out of my cold dead hands. It’s my one source of happiness these days. I refuse to drink alcohol no matter how safe a little bit may be because beer and margaritas are too delicious for just a “little bit”.

    • KarenMS

      July 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      I picked up my daily can of Coke habit while pregnant! I was never a soda drinker but I still haven’t kicked it 18 months later. (Well, it’s more bi-weekly now, but so good.)

  20. Amanda

    July 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I had hyperemesis do badly in my pregnancies that I literally went weeks without eating at all. I was eventually fed by tpn thru a central line, meanwhile still vomiting my own stomach acid. When several months into my pregnancy I could finally consume any food I wanted on the correct drug cocktail my dr told me he’d bring to my hospital bed any good I wanted. I wanted a cold turkey sandwich and a my dew , god bless the man he brought it to me. For some of us these guidelines are a matter honey you eat what you CAN while pregnant. People who offer to educate or scold women seem to forge that a pregnant women is still a PERSON not just a walking incubator with a right to choose her own meal or beverage

    • sallyjone

      July 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Ugh, that’s so awful. I’m sorry you had to go through that. What a sweet doctor though.

  21. NoMissCleo...JustMe

    July 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I had a friend from college recently post a picture on Instagram of her and her husband on date night at a sushi restaurant. The caption read “First bite of sushi in two years!” When another person asked why, she responded that since she had been pregnant and then breastfeeding she couldn’t eat sushi during that entire time.

    I rolled my eyes. I mean, yeah…I guess it’s better safe than sorry, but this is also the woman who buys the $600 stroller and $300 swing so everything she does is kind of ridiculous.

    • Melissa

      July 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Why would breastfeeding mean no sushi? Is it because of mercury? First date hubby and I went on after I had my first was out for sushi, and I was breastfeeding at the time–never even knew some would consider that a no-no. While I was pregnant with my second I said screw it after reading there was no more danger in eating sushi than any other meals prepared at a restaurant and indulged more than once in sushi and a little saki too.

    • NoMissCleo...JustMe

      July 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I have no idea. She said she “heard” that you couldn’t eat sushi while breastfeeding….so she didn’t.

    • BexleyS

      July 12, 2014 at 3:25 am

      I’m about to give birth and my brother has promised me that as soon as I’m done he’s going to buymme champagne and sushi and bring it to the hospital. I can’t wait : )! Sushi is the only thing I haven’t eaten during pregnancy because I like the really fresh, raw, mercury filled stuff. Thankfully the “rules” are a lot more relaxed here so we don’t have to worry too much. My midwife did tell me to avoid feta when I went to Greece though! That was never going to be an option… I figured that Greek women eat feta when they’re pregnant, why can’t i!?!

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusBitch

      July 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

      CHEESE!! When I read that I was supposed to avoid feta and mozarella.?? BOOLSHEET! That’s …so… not even.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      July 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Same here. I ate all the cheese. ALL of it! Also all the hot dogs (even cold because I like them that way) and all the deli meat. #rebel

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusBitch

      July 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I’m a vegetarian and goddamnit cheese! All the cheese! Also… Riesling. I friggin’ love Riesling. I didn’t drink often, because I don’t usually drink often, but if I wanted a cold glass of refreshing Riesling in August at 6 months HUGE, I was gonna have it with a massive hunk of mozzarella on a tiny cracker (aka the insignificant cheese delivery system).

    • EmmaFromÉire

      July 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      At this point crackers are just a socially acceptable way of shovelling cheese into my mouth.

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusBitch

      July 13, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Exactly….and the bigger the cracker, the more cheese.

    • BexleyS

      July 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Thankfully we don’t have a “ban” on deli meats etc. it just shows how different countries do things and it makes no difference to babies. It does actually say on the NHS website that the US recommends no deli meat during pregnancy and we can follow that if we want to but they have found no evidence to prove it necessary.

  22. DB

    July 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I was actually quite happy to find out that seaweed salad is okay to eat while pregnant, and packs quite a bit of nutrients. As far as sushi goes, anyone who tries taking it from me will get stabbed with a chopstick.

  23. Melissa

    July 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    My health insurance actually required first-time newly-pregnant moms to attend a pregnancy wellness education class soon after the first prenatal visit. I sat there at 9 weeks pregnant through endless questions by my fellow super-paranoid preggos, wondering if I would be able to hold down my lunch and how much longer the damn thing would last, when thankfully the nurse practitioner running the thing stopped and said, “Look–pregnancy is not a terminal illness. For the most part, just go about your daily life. These are just recommendations, but you need to use your own best judgement”. I never forgot that–best pregnancy advice I ever heard!

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  24. Zettai

    July 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I gave up on most of the food rules before the first trimester was over. Stopped microwaving sandwiches and washing most fruits and vegetables, ate over-medium eggs, had some sushi and a glass of champagne, and stopped drinking the low caffeine SHIT that is instant coffee and went back to a cup of the real stuff.

    The hormone hell that is that first trimester was stressful enough and not making myself crazy worrying that everything could make me and baby sick was a huge relief. I feel fine and the better I feel the better baby does, so I don’t feel guilty about it.

  25. Helen

    July 12, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Just because you can’t control yourself doesn’t mean you should write an article telling women to not listen to their doctors. Really?? Are you trying to make yourself feel better? Of course, there are a ridiculous set of “rules” for pregnant women and yes, moderation is key, but I’m pretty sure they are generally there for a reason. You just said it was cool to drink while you’re pregnant. What? WHAT? Get a hold of yourself. Articles like this make me want to leave mommyish

    • The Actual Devil

      July 12, 2014 at 2:35 am

      This is a joke, right?

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusBitch

      July 12, 2014 at 7:36 am

      That’s what you took away from this? I thought Maria’s article was thoughtful and well presented. She used credible sources to provide a balanced perspective that allows readers who may be freaking out over every little thing to become a little more empowered to make informed decisions. If you’re happy with following your doctor’s behavioral outlines, that’s great! Good on ya. Many people prefer a more moderate and realistic approach to how they live. Settle down, she didn’t tell you do go do Jell-O shots off your pregnant belly and then make Buttery Nipples with your breast milk to serve your friend’s husband who is terrified of breast milk (I may have said too much).

    • CrazyFor Kate

      July 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Helen, you’re a sanctimommy if there ever was one. Lighten up.

    • aliceblue

      July 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      If you read the article I’ll assume you read the title and therefore know what the general response to you is?

  26. M.

    July 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I’m 6 months pregnant right now and last night I had one sour beer and sushi (cooked) from a food truck for a good friend’s birthday celebration. I allow myself one drink (beer or wine) when in social situations, which is like once a month, all the judgey judgeersons out there can suck it.

  27. Lauren

    July 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I think saying “don’t eat sushi while pregnant because there’s a tiny chance you’ll get food poisoning and kill your baby” is about the same as saying “don’t get into a car while pregnant because there’s a tiny chance you’ll get into a car accident and kill your baby”.

  28. Alice

    July 14, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I’m one of those weird picky eaters who genuinely doesn’t like most of the things you aren’t ‘supposed’ to have. Coffee, tea, alcohol, soft cheese, sushi, I won’t miss them at all. I’ll miss rare beef and smoked salmon though. You can hate me if you like, I have it coming.


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  30. Kite

    September 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I’m pregnant and I’d go all those if I could. However, right now sushi makes me queasy, alcohol makes me feel vomitous, and caffeine makes me not sleep for two days. So, eh. Moderation if you can hack it.

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