So, last night, I was on a work outing…and I was asked if I’d drunk at all since being pregnant. The truth, in total about a glass of champagne, and a few sips of wine. Some people drink, some people don’t. There was a news report in June 2012 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18506174) that said moderate drinking in early pregnancy is OK….but if you drunk during pregnancy and there were any kind of abnormalities with your child, how much would you blame yourself? I know I would blame myself. I’ve kept away from pretty much everything that is recommended…
I haven’t eaten Pate, even though I love it, and I could really go for a toasted English Muffin with a thick layer of Pate on it right now…
Cheese – cheese with rind, cheese with mould, all those lovely smelly cheeses that are really strong and taste great!! My favourite kind of cheese is goats cheese. I’m now 5 months pregnant, and I haven’t eaten goats cheese in about that long. Or brie, or camembert, or any other cheese apart from parmesan (after researching to find out if it’s a safe cheese), halloumi, and cheddar.
Shellfish – well, I don’t really like shellfish, or many kinds of fish in general, I ate scampi once, forgetting it originates from a shell rather than a frozen packet…and I did worry, but the baby seems to be ok so far!
Rare meat – I haven’t eaten a steak for months, though I’ve wanted to, I just can’t do well done steak!! I ordered a burger from the pub across the road, they serve them medium, and I sort of ate around the outside where it was cooked more, I completely forgot about asking for a well cooked burger.
I also love runny eggs…I have eaten a few semi-runny eggs, but whenever I go out I always ask for eggs to be well done, and I try my best to make sure any egg that I cook is well done, though my boyfriend is terrible for not wanting to ruin my food and sometimes leaves it a bit runny.
I don’t usually eat fruit, I eat vegetables, but not nearly as many as I should, so recently I’ve tried my best to get as many vegetables as is possible into my diet. We also bought some frozen fruit, which I eat with ice cream, or yogurt. I know the ice cream isn’t particularly healthy, but getting the nutrients is important, and I need something with fruit to physically be able to eat it. We have also now started buying natural/greek yogurt as fruit yogurts are all sweetened with extra sugar or artificial sweeteners, which is obviously not quite as good for you as you might intend! I love all kinds of yogurt, and milk, so there are never any worries about lack of calcium, this baby is going to come out with super strong bones!!
The other thing about pregnancy is medication….I have terrible sciatica, which you would usually take ibuprofen for as it’s an anti inflammatory. You can’t take these when pregnant, so I’ve been suffering through (from about 8 weeks pregnant). Yesterday our work outing took us to a bowling alley, and I had worked a late followed by an early shift prior to bowling. By last night I could barely move, then I worked another early today, and when I woke up this morning, I could barely move. I took 2 paracetamol; it’s the first time I’ve taken any kind of pain relief since finding out I’m pregnant. I know paracetamol is safe, but I just feel I’d rather deal with the pain than rely on paracetamol daily. Surely that would not be safe? Again, if anything bad happened, I’d blame myself! I tweeted about my pain, “99% sure that by this time tomorrow I won’t be able to walk
#pregnancy #sciatica #hospitality #badmix“. Today when I went onto my twitter page, someone had retweeted me, from that tweet you’d expect it to be a pregnancy forum or something similar, but it was a guy who is a ‘medical cannabis user’. I was truly shocked. I know there are people out there that use cannabis for medical reasons, but for someone to be on twitter promoting it, and retweeting me, when it is a tweet directly related to pregnancy, I was genuinely shocked. As far as I was concerned, the only people that used drugs during pregnancy were those that are addicted. The kind of people that I would not like to associate myself with. I am as anti-drugs as you can get. I’m not naive, I know it happens, and I know people have terrible lives etc, and my uncle has been on drugs ever since I remember, and I have a cousin who was a heroin addict. I have no sympathy for these people, and I especially don’t think they should be allowed to have children. A person can ruin their own life, but what right do they have to ruin a child’s before it has even entered the world?! My uncle’s child was removed from him and his partner. Quite rightly. Somehow my cousin still has all of hers, I don’t even know how many there are these days. She’s already a grandmother in her 30’s though, surprise surprise.
Some might say my not taking paracetamol, being cautious with foods, and not drinking alcohol is over cautious. I want to give my child the best start in life, my own mother smoked whilst she was pregnant with me, and I’ve been plagued by weak lungs forever. I truly believe this is a a side effect, my mother seems to feel no guilt, but I know I would, if my child had an underlying health problem that could have been prevented by a little more self control… I know people have addictions, but if you can’t quit something for your own child, then how important is that little thing that’s growing inside you really? It’s annoying I can’t eat what I want, and drink what I want, or take ibuprofen when I’m in pain, but the little person I’m growing inside me makes it all worth while, it’s the most important thing in my life right now, and the unconditional love I have for my child begun a long time ago, and I haven’t even met him/her yet.