During my first pregnancy I obsessed over Foods to Avoid. I steered clear of all soft cheeses (even though, it's really only unpasteurized cheese I could have avoided), I rarely ate deli meat (if any), I stayed away from coffee and wine. I had some wine during the last trimester but since it tasted like vinegar to me, it wasn't all that hard.
This time around I'm much more relaxed about it all. Not sure if ths is a good thing but it's definitely less stressful! I enjoy my soy chai latte daily, eat deli meats and cheeses in moderation and have even eaten sushi (gasp!). Anyway, I'm still having trouble with the wine part. Even though it tastes oh so good when it hits my lips there is still a little guilt associated. Like, is this hurting my baby?
I should also point out that during my first pregnancy I had an aversion to meat and craved sweets and carbs. This time around I crave meat, vegetables and fruits so overall I am eating a bit healthier.
That said, I honestly believe that I am not hurting my baby by having some wine here and there. Otherwise I wouldn't do it. The hard part for me is that many doctors say that there are no conclusive studies that show exactly just how much is ok vs. harmful. But just today I read that even a little drinking could lower a baby’s IQ. Oye vay.
Anyway, I didn’t write this post to get lectured on what I should and shouldn’t do. But I am curious… Were you more relaxed about the eating and drinking the second time around? Come on, be honest!
NOTE: I am not suggesting that women who are pregnant should eat sushi, drink wine and enjoy deli meat like it’s going out of style. I’m simply sharing my relaxed attitude on food and drink during my second pregnancy.