So, I don’t want to sound like I think our situation is special. However, it was different.
I had the ideal pregnancy! My positive test showed up in late February 2012. I was only late one day and was never sick… AT ALL! Not even a headache! Everyone tells you what to expect and how things will be and how it was for them. Not that it isn’t appreciated or respected, but I knew better! This was MY pregnancy and I knew I needed to do what was best for me and MY pregnancy.
I chose to give up the following:
*All alcohol (Even though everybody was telling me it’s ok to have a glass of wine every once in a while. There are no studies proving it is or isn’t totally ok, so to be on the safe side, I didn’t drink. When in doubt, don’t do it! Simple as that!).
*Coffee and Tea (I was a 24/7 coffee in the morning and tea for the rest of the day drinker! I’d throw in a glass of water, milk or juice as needed. It wasn’t hard to give up and I didn’t get “withdraw headaches”. As a matter of fact, my only “craving” was water! It seemed like I drank it by the gallons.).
*Eggs (My preferred cooked egg is over-medium. Because eggs can carry ugliness (salmonella) for unsuspecting pregnant ladies, I gave them up. I still ate boiled eggs or scrambled eggs because they are cooked all the way through.).
*Lunch Meat (All lunch meats, deli meats and cheeses included, can carry listeria. It’s not so bad when you aren’t pregnant, but, like with the eggs, a pregnant lady’s immune system is lower and is more susceptible to ugly bacterias!).
*All Seafood/Fish (With all the different opinions out there about different breeds of fish and how much more mercury one carries than another, I couldn’t be sure. So, I limited myself to shrimp every once in a while and salmon a few times a month. Also, NEVER EAT RAW FISH WHILE PREGNANT!! That was the only constant fact I found).
For me it all basically boiled down to this:
Pregnancy is not an excuse to eat whatever and how much you want. I had read somewhere that you only need to increase your calories by 300 or so while your pregnant. That really brought things into perspective for me. Your pregnancy is not about you… It’s about doing the right thing for your baby. In my mind, I figured… How could my baby benefit from me eating 4 cheeseburgers in one sitting or stressing out about nonsense? I maintained the mantra “My body is a temple”. And I really believe that! Everything I’m going through, the baby is also going through. Everything I put in my mouth, the baby is eating. Every bit of stress I feel, the baby will feel. My idea of a good pregnancy was staying as calm and laid back as possible! And, it worked… For the most part…