I have taken pregnancy very lightly (except for the first trimester, seriously, I’m never going to forget that hardcore and sick feeling!) I basically just floated through the second trimester like nothing was happening to me. When I first became pregnant, I was bombarded with information, from pregnancy books, nursery ideas, even ads on my Facebook (how does Facebook know?) and as soon as my friends found out, advice came pouring in. From the moms it was all: “don’t eat that” or “did you ask your doctor this and this” and from the single ones it was more like: “you have to keep your husband happy” “don’t let the baby sleep on the bed” “never stop having sex” (You can tell that my single friends are a little crazier) But the more advice I received and the more I read, I realized that some things were a little contradicting, and that I needed to focus on facts. Based on facts and not myths or maybes here are my pregnancy vices and what I’m actually doing: (Please talk to your doctor, this is what I’m doing based on my research, but it does not mean it might be right for you)
- Coffee: From 9:00am to 11:00am I drink 3 cups of Colombian coffee, with no sugar, and no milk, black. There is no proof that coffee is bad for you, in fact, many of the studies that tell you to avoid coffee are flawed and not really conclusive. I avoided big quantities of coffee during my first trimester simply because I was sick, but I did drink cappuccino, ate chocolate and even drank Colombian hot chocolate, which has caffeine in it. My family has always been big coffee drinkers and all of us drank coffee during pregnancy (my mom started giving me coffee at 6 when so I didn’t fall asleep in school). So far, the baby is perfectly fine and the doctor didn’t advice against my vice.
- Raw Fish: I occasionally indulge in sushi or ceviche. I don’t eat any shellfish (our kosher diet does not permit it and it is very high in mercury) but I do indulge in low mercury fresh fish. The danger with raw fish is intoxication. If you intoxicate while pregnant, one, is going to be very uncomfortable and two, you might face dehydration, as long as you are eating from a good place (no seven11 or shady corner place) why would this happen? It would be very rare. I avoid high-mercury fish because it does lower your baby’s IQ. And the only kosher fish that I know is high in mercury is tuna, so that’s the only fish I avoid.
- On drinking wine or any alcohol: My mantra during pregnancy is drink like an Italian granma not a crazy college spring breaker. In other words, an occasional 1/2 – 1 glass of wine won’t harm your baby, but drinking quickly and in big quantities will. I don’t crave alcohol unless I’m having a big family dinner, but when I do drink I’m very careful to do it in moderation and very slowly accompanied by dinner and never on an empty stomach. I also want to add, I wouldn’t drink anything that has a high alcohol content, stick to wine or champagne.
What I avoided at all costs:
- Turkey & deli style meats: Very high incidence of Listeria, which can really harm your baby.
- Sitting next to people who are smoking. Not good for you or your baby, specially since oxygen is extremely important to your baby.
- Gardening: There is a bigger chance to get Toxoplasmosis from gardening than from actual cats. Avoid it, just to be safe.
Wish me luck on my third trimester! And sorry I haven’t been posting again! We are re-modeling & moving to our new home. <3 pictures coming up!