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food during pregnancy. what's your guilty secret?

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    ctrbabe1 is offline Registered User
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    I haven't been "avoiding" foods in particular. I never eat sushi anyway (don't really care for it), and I don't drink alcohol or caffeine anyway either. So that hasn't been hard for me. Once in awhile I do crave a good sandwhich w/ deli meats and cheeses, but it's a rare occurance, so I don't think it's a big deal. Last night we went out to a big Chinese dinner for dh's grandma's birthday and they served shark fin soup. I've sworn off it for other reasons but when everyone asked why I wasn't eating it, dh played the pregnancy card.

    As for other snacks, though, (chips, cookies, chocolate, ice cream etc), I need to do better. I'm still doing ok w/ weight gain, though I'm very surprised because I've been eating so much junk. (Hello, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Chinese New Year... I never get a break! lol) The last week or so I've really been trying to cut back the sweets and eat more veggies.

    As for the cravings, I haven't had the "text book" cravings, I guess. W/ my dd I craved salty and sweet, and this time around I'm finding the same thing. Some days all I want is a big bag of doritos, and some days all I want is a bunch of chocolate or ice cream. :) (we don't know the gender this time around.)
    All the best,

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    ElaineCharlize is offline Registered User
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    Hihi, may I know why pregnant woman cannot take softcheese? I only know that pregnant woman can't take crab, spicy food, mutton, watermelon, mango etc

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    why not "crab, spicy food, mutton, watermelon, mango "?

    i ate loads of watermelon and spicy food when i was preggers!
    granted by the end of the pregnancy, the indigestion was so bad, i couldn't eat anything spicy. but i ate it right up to about 7 months! if i liked mutton, i would have eaten that too... just can't stand it though...same for mango.

    as for the soft cheeses, it's because of a bacteria that can grow on them and cause problems for pregnant ladies. but again, that said, i still ate my feta cheese!

    i think that the difference is cultural. i know taht according to chinese, there are loads of things you shouldn't eat during pregnancy that dont necessarily have a medical reason behind them. most things westerners don't eat have medical reasons behind them.

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    I just feel like eating all that my mother cooked when I was little. I guess that is comfort food for me these days. Just love junk food as well (though I try to eat less of it). Have been craving butter chiken a lot. I have always liked it, but these days when I think of chicken I think butter chicken. :) I guess my body needs more protein.

    A question......why is it not ok to eat papaya? It is wonderful source of vitamins and keeps you regular as well. I hear some ladies saying that they had it during their pregnancy, some say only during a part of their pregnancy and some don't have it at all.
    :cheerlead Almost time!!!!!!

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    I'm Chinese, we avoid Papaya during 1st trimester as we believe it can lead to miscarriage. It is however highly recommended during 3rd trimester as it helps disgestion.

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