Giving up certain things during pregnancy is to be expected. Whether it is foods or activities, pregnancy does change your life in little ways. I wouldn’t trade being pregnant for the world, but there are a few of my favorite things that I have had to give up while pregnant.
Caffeine: When we first began fertility treatments, I read in some literature from my doctor that caffeine can adversely affect fertility. (I also got the same information when I began acupuncture.) So needless to say, I haven’t had caffeine in quite some time. I am not a coffee drinker, but what I miss the most is iced tea and diet coke. Even before fertility treatments I wasn’t drinking much soda at all. The carbonation isn’t good for your bones, so I slowly was giving up soda. There are a lot of other beverages out there that I can enjoy, but I find that most of them are loaded with a ton of sugar, which then is just going to turn to fat. If I am going to have sugar, I’d rather have it in a dessert that a drink! I have been enjoying lots of water, reduced calorie orange juice and skim milk. The more I have thought about it, even if I wasn’t pregnant, the choices I am making are much healthier anyway.
Soft cheeses: One of my favorite things to eat is cheese, and I really love blue cheese and feta cheese. Unfortunately during pregnancy it is advised to stay away from soft cheeses (feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheese, and Mexican-style cheese like queso blanco fresco) unless they are made from pasteurized milk. Eating soft cheeses raises the concern for bacteria called listeria. I didn’t realize how much I was really eating these before I became pregnant. I have found that many of my favorite dishes in restaurants also include these types of cheeses. It hasn’t been too much of a problem; I can usually substitute something else for the soft cheese. It is also my understanding that while breast feeding I will need to refrain from eating these as well.
Deli Meats: If you were to ask my husband what I have craved the most during this pregnancy, he would probably say a sub sandwich. Whenever I think of something that sounds good, a sub sandwich comes to mind! It’s not that I crave the processed meats, but the meat, cheese, lettuce and fixings on a fresh whole-wheat roll sound so delicious. According to the FDA, deli meats should also be avoided during pregnancy, unless heated. (Ahh, I don’t want a hot sub sandwich!) I have found a perfect substitute for my sub sandwich craving. We have a local sub chain that is just down the street from our house. I order their vegetarian sandwich, pretty much everything I like but without the meat. It is soooo good and definitely hits the spot. Who knows if I will ever order meat on it again!
Here are some other things that I have had to monitor during my pregnancy:
- Fish – be careful of the amounts of mercury in the fish you eat!
- Cookie dough – I rarely eat it, but really love the half-baked cookie desserts!
- Fitness Boot Camp – this one makes sense, instead I have turned to water aerobics.
- Face wash – I have had to switch to brands that do not include salicylic acid.
- Botox – self explanatory!
If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, make sure to check out the “do’s and don’ts” of what to consume during pregnancy. I have found the FDA’s website to be helpful, as well as many of my pregnancy books. As always, your doctor will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.