Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:44 am
i was at the supermarket yesterdy & they had cheezes to try most were the smelly variety that i usually love but now on the "not allowed list" but the lady said i could have goats cheeze so bought that and intend to grill it on the many breads that i also bought !!
am going to order the pregnacare vits as i cant get them in sweden apparently - they are apparently fantastic
i have been eating snickers and they have nuts -but i cant be obsessing anymore given that i dont want to eat so much anyway !
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:28 am
I could be wrong but wasn't there a big thing on the news a few months ago saying that allergies to nuts etc are now becoming more common in toddlers etc because the mothers were encouraged to avoid certain things, and by cutting them out entirely when their children did have them, they resulted in allergic reactions?
I'm trying to find some articles because we had a huge discussion about it at work because one of the girls has a boy who is allergic to dairy, gluten, nuts, certain fruits.... amongst other things poor love
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:36 pm
Post subject: Fed up with being told what you can and can't eat!
I heard that on the news too. I think there's a grain of truth in it, think about it. In the days when most our parents were having children they didn't have all the technology they have now and people ate what they liked when pregnant and there WERE a lot less allergies! Now we're constantly being told we can't eat this and that and allergies have become far more common. It seems to me there's a link! I come from a European and British background and no lady in my family ever took a blind bit of notice about what you're supposed to eat and guess what? No allergies, asthma or eczema in our family!
I'm eating what I want when I want and it's my decision and I'm happy with it. But I don't believe other people should eat things if they are worried about them and I also think that if there ARE allergies in your family then it may be sensible to listen to the advice given by GPs etc and avoid taking risks. Allergies DO seem to run in families. Anyway that's what I think but you don't have to listen! Do whatever you feel is best and if in doubt, ask your doctor. Here endeth the lecture! xx
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:36 am
Post subject: I understand completely
Just wanted to tell you i completely understand what you are goin through. i absolutely adore peanut butter on toast, n now my fella will give me a tellin off if i go near the stuff. i bought a choc bar with nuts in the other day but he caught me with it n took it away. its torture. lateley iv got a thing for eggs too-but im not keen when there fully cooked. cant wait to have the baby n get back to eatin as normal.lol xx
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:31 pm
Hi, I'm new to this board, but just thought I add to your discussion. My son, who is now 2.5 years old, has allergies to milk, eggs and sesame and I'm 35 weeks pregnant with my second child. I recently went to a specialist at the Portland Hospital with him for a check up and the consultant said to me - seeing that I'm pregnant again - that I should be eating lots of peanuts, especially in my last trimester. He was of the opinion, that the current policy of advising pregnant women to avoid peanuts is not working as the peanut allergies are increasing all the time. He also said though that you should either eat a lot or none at all. So I've been stuffing my face with peanut butter and banana sandwiches at least 3 times a week.
I guess it's personal choice, unfortunately sometimes you just don't know who to believe with all this conflicting advice coming from everywhere.
Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:12 pm
i was told not to eat
Peanuts (any other nuts are fine)
Any cheeses unless they were hard cheddar
unpasturised dairy products (this also includes any cheeses made with goats cheese etc and also mayonaise has to be made with pasturised milk)
Large amounts of tuna, swordfish
Raw, rare meats
and also to wash all your fruit and veg
Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:17 pm
my mum in law is an old nurse and she said right from the beginning to eat a little of what you fancy often and that if you want peanuts eat them etc, in moderation, but oddly enough my body seems to be telling my what i can or cant eat, i have actually gone right off nuts fullstop and usually i love them - i dont know how long morning sickness/nausea last but i am in week 12/13 & i still cant eat lots of things i usually like, the only thing i seem addicted to is bread and butter
I tend to agree with some of the other ladies that perhaps its all got a bit out of control about what to eat and not to eat - it might explain why there are so many more children with allergies etc who knows- listen to your body and your baby
Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:38 am
Any cheeses unless they were hard cheddar
that seems a bit harsh. I'm sure you can eat other cheeses as well (marscapone, mozzerela, etc). The point is that a lot of soft and goat cheeses are unpasteurised. If they have been, however, they are safe to eat.
Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:36 pm
Post subject: Rare meats, cheese, tuna, swordfish.
Hi. About meat, red meat is ok to eat rare BUT NOT raw whether pregnant or not as long as the outside of the meat is cooked. This is because red meat like lamb and beef only has bacteria on the outside surface where it has been cut and handled, it does NOT contain bacteria inside the flesh unlike pork, chicken and most poultry which does. Cooking the red meat on the surface/outside kills the bacteria. Other meats (pork, poultry) need to be thoroughly cooked until the juices run clear.
Pasteurised cheese is ok to eat. I eat ALL cheese and have NEVER been ill but if you want to play it safe when pregnant, which is fair enough, then avoid unpasteurised cheese.
Tuna and swordfish contain mercury - here is some info I copied from the food standards agency website.
Find out more about our latest advice about mercury in fish.
What is the problem with mercury in fish?Nearly all fish contain traces of mercury and in most fish this is not a problem. But certain fish contain relatively higher levels of mercury.
Which fish are we talking about?Pregnant women and women intending to become pregnant should avoid shark, marlin and swordfish. They may also need to limit the amount of tuna they eat.
Who could be affected by the mercury and why?This is mainly an issue for pregnant women and women who intend to become pregnant. This is because of the possible risks to the developing nervous system of the unborn child.
Are other adults affected?High levels of mercury can affect anyone, but while no one else over 16 years of age needs to avoid shark, marlin and swordfish, the Agency does advise that people should not eat more than one portion of any of these fish once a week.
Can I still eat tuna?Yes, everyone can eat tuna. But the mercury that it contains means that the Agency is advising that if you are pregnant or intending to become pregnant, you shouldn’t eat more than four medium-sized cans or two fresh tuna steaks per week.
Hope this helps. Happy munching!
Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:24 pm
Hi, my midwife said that with regards peanuts, there are very few specialists in this and they are spilt in their opinion. Half say don't eat them, half say do. My midwife said it was up to me, but the current 'official' advice she had to say was that if there was any asthma, exsema or hayfever in the family you should avoid them. She was very relaxed about it though and said it was completely up to me. Having said that, I have avoided them, just in case. Would hate to have the thought in my head that I could have prevented it, if our child happens to have an allergy.
As far as the previous mention of coleslaw goes, I think shop-bought is ok, I've been eating it anyway, because I love it, and risks with that seem minimal.
I hate this whole debate though, I wish someone would make a decision and come up with a proper list of what we can and can't eat!!!!