I first wanted to thank you guys so much for all of the amazing advice, tips and help that you have given me in the comments of these HRG baby posts. I read all of the comments about 4 times so that I can really learn from you and read about your experiences so THANK YOU!
When I first found out I was pregnant I googled the heck out of what I should and should not eat. Since the pregnancy was a surprise I remember feeling AWFUL because I had eaten a ton of sushi when I was actually pregnant but didn’t know it. I am pretty sure that kept me up worrying for 3 nights in a row. Thank you mother for passing down your lovely obsession of worrying to me.
(Picture of me and my favorite hot dog in the whole wide world…J-Dawgs)
Gone were my hot-dog days, medium-rare steaks, sushi, soft cheeses and deli-meats (along with the thousands of other foods that the internet tells you to cut out when you are pregnant…real reliable sources;) I have never actually had alcohol or coffee so I didn’t have to worry about cutting those things out but believe me, the lack of tuna tataki in my life has almost killed me.
At my first doctor’s appointment Billy and I asked what foods he thought I should avoid while pregnant. His answer was that I COULD eat hot-dogs, soft cheese (pasteurized) and deli meats as long as they were coming from a safe source and served at the correct temperature. REALLY? I thought he was kidding but he wasn’t. I wasn’t convinced and since I go to an OBGYN group I made sure to ask all of the different doctors and so far they have all said the same things.
I haven’t really craved any of the ‘no-no list foods’ that badly but I really can’t get enough turkey deli meat and so I have definitely gone to town eating that and I have also eaten lots of pasteurized soft cheeses. If I was craving a hot dog and really wanted one, I probably would eat one but I haven’t had that craving yet.
What foods did you avoid while pregnant? What were you told to avoid? What were the hardest things for you to give up?
PS Will someone give me some more details about what Braxton Hicks felt like for them? I think I have experienced it but I am not sure.