1. Smelly Cheese
4. Runny eggs
5. Rare meat
Ok, so I do miss these things, but I thought my life as I knew it was over when I found out I was pregnant, I LOVE food, and Summer is about a nice cold glass of something in a beer garden, and winter is about Baileys hot choc, and alcoholic honey & lemons. Not to mention the 7 cups of tea that I was used to each day, as well as a few cups of coffee.
Caffeine was the hardest, at first I felt SO rough, especially at that point in the day after lunch when your energy lulls, when you just need a coffee to perk you up to keep you going. It was taking me ages to wake up, and then I’d get tired again, so on an early shift the busy part of the day was over by the time I’d woken up, and on a late shift I was going to work tired. It was made easier by the fact that I went completely off tea, which is how I’d normally get caffeine. Now I’m back to drinking it, I have decaf Yorkshire tea, which tastes pretty much the same as normal tea. I also got some decaf coffee beans, so I can still have a good cup of coffee, and don’t have to use the freeze dried instant coffee in a jar. I did start to have normal tea again for a little while, just one or two cups a day, but then with the problems I’ve had with my heart I was told to steer clear of caffeine, so it was back to the decaf!
Smelly cheese and rare meat are difficult when I go out for dinner; we went to our local on Sunday night, and they’ve recently updated their menu, which has venison on it. I LOVE venison, but you’d ruin it if you cooked it through; I ended up having fish and chips. I love goats cheese, and it’s often on menus as a starter, or in a main course, I always want it, and I do miss it a lot, but I’ve got used to not being able to eat it. I don’t get annoyed when I see it in the supermarket anymore. As with brie etc, I used to really want anything that had cheese I wasn’t allowed, but now it doesn’t even appeal to me as much as it used to. I was very pleased to see I could eat camembert if it was heated through to be piping hot, so I have eaten that a couple of times.
Runny eggs are a little annoying – sometimes you just want a dippy egg, a nice poached egg on whole grain toast would be great, but I stick to scrambled eggs now or egg mayo sandwiches to get my egg fix! Lets face it, the usual reason I’d want a runny egg is with bacon when I’m hungover, and obviously it has been a while since I’ve needed that fix!
Finally, alcohol, I can honestly say all I have drunk since finding out I’m pregnant is a few sips of wine the boy’s Grandma forced in to me ‘because it was ok in her day’, and about a glass and a half of champagne between the two weddings I went to in June, who are close friends of mine. It was very strange seeing my friends from Uni without drinking – Sheffield = excessive alcohol usually. I’ve also been on an evening out to the bowling alley and the pub for food and drink with my work mates, and been to various other social occasions where people have drunk a lot, and I have been stone cold sober, and it really hasn’t bothered me – apart from the time at my best friend’s wedding when the boy got so drunk he annoyed the hell out of me, and everyone said it was ok because he had been so good all day helping out!
I honestly thought I’d miss all of these things so much that I’d be miserable. The only thing that does really annoy me, is pate! It’s one of those things that I’ve always really loved from a young age and I crave it on toast and on crumpets and on fresh crusty bread… I honestly CANNOT wait to be able to have a snack of pate on something when the baby has arrived, and to also be able to choose it as a starter when I go out for dinner. It doesn’t make me miserable though, one of the boy’s friends said his missus hated being pregnant because of the things she couldn’t have, but it really hasn’t bothered me all that much.
Having said that, only 5 and a half weeks to go!!