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29-11-2015, 22:00   #16
 
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i'm finding it harder to be honest to give up the foods i loved, like this no "cold meats" things is gonna kill me around Christmas, i LOVE eating ham sandwiches and leftovers for the whole week after Christmas!

i was so mad at my husband for banning me from eating a jambon during last week... (apparently deli food is bad???)

there seems to be so many do's and don't's, i find the easiest ones to avoid are ones like alcohol....
Ehhhh what??? No cold meat? I think you are overdoing it. Be careful where you are getting your information as different countries have different guidelines due to different healthy and safety rules. The cold meat thing sounds American.

I followed the NHS guidelines and used my common sense. I didn't drink while pregnant and avoided blue cheese but pretty much ate everything else.
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I followed the NHS guidelines and used my common sense. I didn't drink while pregnant and avoided blue cheese but pretty much ate everything else.
Yep, this is my bible - NHS site is great. Also, if you're gagging for that blue/soft cheese hit, you can eat it if it's been cooked. NOMZ! But the NHS (bless them) say that you can eat hard blue cheeses like Stilton. I shall be picking some up for Christmas...
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Different perspective here, but a perspective all the same. My baby was stillborn almost a year ago at 41+4. I didn't drink anything or eat anything they don't recommend (or smoke or anything that's deemed dangerous).

On advice that will haunt me for the rest of my life I had one glass of wine the day before my son died. I've been told it had nothing to do with it (it was an undiagnosed placental issue) however I will always wonder if that one glass of wine might have made the difference that meant the placenta couldn't hold out that one extra day he needed. When I am pregnant again I will never ever touch anything that is even vaguely a risk. It's so not worth the risk.

For most people a glass of wine here and there won't do any harm, but the truth is there could be an underlying issue where it could make a real difference.

Best of luck for happy and healthy pregnancies girls X
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Different perspective here, but a perspective all the same. My baby was stillborn almost a year ago at 41+4. I didn't drink anything or eat anything they don't recommend (or smoke or anything that's deemed dangerous).

On advice that will haunt me for the rest of my life I had one glass of wine the day before my son died. I've been told it had nothing to do with it (it was an undiagnosed placental issue) however I will always wonder if that one glass of wine might have made the difference that meant the placenta couldn't hold out that one extra day he needed. When I am pregnant again I will never ever touch anything that is even vaguely a risk. It's so not worth the risk.

For most people a glass of wine here and there won't do any harm, but the truth is there could be an underlying issue where it could make a real difference.

Best of luck for happy and healthy pregnancies girls X
^^^This. When I was pregnant, I didn't drink booze or caffeine, and didn't eat anything I was told not to. Not because I'm preachy or holier-than-thou, but because I felt, why risk anything for a bit of food or drink? It's only a few months, and its no hardship, really.
Thumpette, I'm sorry about your wee boy xxx
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Ehhhh what??? No cold meat? I think you are overdoing it. Be careful where you are getting your information as different countries have different guidelines due to different healthy and safety rules. The cold meat thing sounds American.

It came from the midwives in the Cumh something to do with listeria I think?!?

As for the jambon I know he was right as it was what we were told when quizzed about foods I eat by the midwife (but tell that to my cravings) in that I could make them at home myself if I wanted, and at least know they were made/cooked properly!

Pregnant women have been known to eat coal after all,

But after a miscarriage we do want to do it right, and give baby the best chance and that means following all the rules for me anyways!
 
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I didn't have a drink while I was pregnant but I very rarely drink anyway so it didn't bother me. I have had one cocktail with dinner one night since my baby was born ten weeks ago and I fed her right before, plus had milk expressed for her next feed. Maybe that's OTT because I know a lot of people say you can have a drink or two and breastfeed but I dunno, I don't.
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Never touched so much as a drop of drink with my daughter, and had one mouthful of beer from a bottle 6 days before I tested positive this time (40 weeks now and it still troubles me). I never smoked, so no issue there. I cut down caffeine incredibly by switching to caffeine free soft drinks, cutting out the small amount of coffee I might have and only using my partner's used teabag. I dont cut it out completely as it makes me INCREDIBLY ill with vomiting and migraines.
With my first daughter, I did follow the better part of the eating guidelines. Only had packaged cold meats, not from the deli counter. I did only eat well-done steaks and only packaged eggs, but had them runny if I wanted. Theres an unbelievable extreme to what they tell you to avoid, coming from a science background!
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I stopped drinking from when I found out I was pregnant (at around 4 weeks.) I did have one West Coast Cooler when out for dinner at maybe around 6-7 months pregnant, but I'd done plenty of research into it and was confident that it wouldn't do any harm. I remember there was a news story a few months back about a waiter refusing to serve a drink to a pregnant woman ... the irony is that by the time a woman is visibly pregnant (i.e. 2nd/3rd trimester) the real risk for Fetal Alcohol Synrome is passed - the most dangerous time to drink is in the first trimester (although my understanding is that no alcohol passes to the foetus until the placenta is formed, around the 5th/6th week.) I wouldn't judge any woman for having a couple of drinks a week in pregnancy, although I completely understand why most women don't take the risk. Obviously heavy drinking during pregnancy is another issue altogether.

As for the other things you're meant to avoid ... I don't drink tea or coffee, but would have drank lots of Diet Coke before pregnancy. I didn't purposely cut down, but I completely went off the taste of it so didn't drink as much of it. I'm not a smoker, but it often crossed my mind that working in Dublin city centre I might as well have been, constantly breathing in other peoples' smoke and traffic fumes! I regularly ate deli meats, and also occasionally other crappy foods (fast food, cinema hot dogs, etc.) I had the odd runny egg. I definitely didn't do everything by the book, but I read up plenty on what was recommended and the rationale behind it, and made educated choices based on that.

The one thing that did weigh on my mind a lot was that around maybe 28 weeks pregnant, I had a chest infection and was coughing up blood, and I was sent to A&E for an chest Xray and PET scan, as the GP suspected a blood clot on my lung. Not recommended in pregnancy, as it can potentially harm the unborn baby, however obviously both my life and the baby's may have been in danger if it had been a clot (it wasn't.) I worried a lot about it afterwards, however no harm done, my baby was fine, thankfully.
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Drank tea and coffee as normal. Had the odd light beer with number two. I'd reached four months before I knew I was pregnant with number one and I'd been drinking and smoking a lot but everything was fine. I personally think the risks are over exaggerated and once you are sensible you don't need to cut out everything.
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My friend is currently carrying a child that will not survive outside the womb. This country's appalling rules on the treatment of women during pregnancy mean that she has to carry her poor little baby to full term.

If you're ever considering giving someone the riot act, like another poster's sister in law was given, consider than you've no idea what's really going on in someone's life.

I would have a glass of wine during pregnancy if I felt like a glass of wine, absolutely no bother. I see no harm in it, and I wouldn't think twice if I saw another woman do the same.
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I don't think there is any harm in one glass of wine or a beer. I would be more concerned about smoking although I can imagine it probably is very difficult to just stop.
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I don't drink at all during the 1st trimester, not a sip. But after that I'd have the odd drink here and there if I was out for a meal or at friends house for dinner etc.

Caffeine wise I was really good on first pregnancy, only drank decaf coffee & 1 cup of normal tea per day (the rest Rooibos) for most of the pregnancy, I might have relaxed this a little in the last 6 weeks.

This time around I'm being very bold. Not even keeping to the 200mg guidelines some days. On Sat I had 2 cups of coffee from a restaurant within a couple of hours of each other and I felt jittery and could feel my heart in my chest all day and had to go to bed. I saw a poster write there they were told only 1 cup of strong brewed coffee from a cafe per day, ooops! Won't be doing that again.

Last time I followed all the food rules as well, this time I'm following some and not others. I am having runny eggs and I've had smoked salmon twice I think. I'm avoiding blue and soft cheeses and am insisting on steak and other meat well done. I wouldn't touch pate or liver.
On the guidelines I was given it didn't say anything about cold sliced meats like ham. I've eaten rolls from delis and didn't even think about that aspect to be honest (that they are sitting around)...I wouldn't go for a salad bar though.

My Aunty told me that my mother and all of my aunties drank, as normal (which for them is a quite a lot) the whole way through pregnancy same in 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester. A good few of them also smoked. That really put things in perspective to be honest! All of my cousins are fit, healthy, intelligent with masters and PhDs to beat the band......
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I don't think there is any harm in one glass of wine or a beer. I would be more concerned about smoking although I can imagine it probably is very difficult to just stop.
When I had my 20 week scan the doctor doing the scan said she can tell instantly that someone is a smoker based on the cord alone. She looked at mine and could tell me I was healthy and exercised quite a bit. I was amazed that she'd be able to tell that without even looking at the foetus. She also said when she tells women she can tell they smoke based on the cord bloodflow and condition the explanations are equal parts shocking and funny. Lots of 'I've only had one a week' or 'It's himself that smokes' or 'My GP said it would be bad for me to quit'.

My mum smoked while she was pregnant with me. Not a bother on me.
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Not a smoker, so not an issue.I didn't drink in the first pregnancy and haven't (and won't )inthis one.I'm not a big drinker so it's not a big deal, and my reason is more to do with the fact that it turns my stomach to think about it!Personally I don't see anything wrong with the odd half glass of wine though.
Coffee...less good.I didn't touch it during no.1, again mainly because although I wanted it badly, it made me so unwell in the first trimester, I'd end up going off by about week 7, and not being able to stomach it again!!This time I manage a small latte about 1-2 a week, but only since about week 15 and I usually regret it afterwards!But...I have a toddler and I'm working full time and some mornings it's just very tough to get going!!I would only have one cup of coffee a day normally anyway (either instant or shop bought).I havent eased back too much on tea, but I don't think i drink huge amounts of that relatively speaking.
The problem with this country is our extreme relationship with alcohol....it's almost necessary to say no alcohol at all, rather than 'some' alcohol, because we have such a problem with binge drinking.
 
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I am not drinking while pregnant, and I won't miss it as I wasn't a big drinker before I got pregnant. I didn't go out much anymore anyway, the last time I had a night out was the end of June, so probably the last time I was even a bit tipsy!
I barely even drink tea at the moment, that and water make me feel ill...so alcohol is way down the bottom of even wanting it!
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