This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.This is a lighthearted look at pregnancy. I am not a doctor. Advice that I have read or been given by my doctor may not be the best for you, so be sure to ask your own doctor.
Why do the pregnancy rules have to be SO confusing?!
Ever notice how there are rules for everything now? And any rule you can find, there is always an opposite one to be found, thanks to the Internet.
Pregnancy rules are no different. There are just so many contradictions out there!
Here are some of my favorites…
Alcohol is a no-no. Right? Well, unless you have a doctor who tells you that 1-2 glasses of wine a week is perfectly acceptable throughout your pregnancy.
If you eat peanuts while pregnant, your baby will have a peanut allergy. Hang on. This rule just changed. You may now eat the peanuts!
Coffee is the devil. So you should switch to decaf. But only if the drink in question is naturally decaffeinated, because the process to make a drink decaf is a chemical process. And that’s even worse than just having the caffeine to begin with! Coffee it is!
Eating deli meats can make you and the baby sick. Unless you heat the deli meat to steaming hot. Then it’s okay. Mmmm steamy bologna!
No coffee for you! Drink tea instead! Actually, wait. Don’t drink that tea. It might have herbs that are dangerous to your pregnancy.
Go for a run! It will help you stay healthy. Don’t exercise! You’ll damage the baby!
Make sure you relax. Just not in a hot bath. Water that is too hot could harm the baby. Make it a cold bath, just to be safe.
Don’t empty the cat litter. Toxoplasmosis is very bad for the fetus. Actually, turns out it’s not so dangerous as long as you aren’t eating the cat litter or preparing your food in it. (This was one my husband specifically asked the doctor the first time I was pregnant. To my dismay, my doctor said I could clean the litter, so long as I washed my hands after. Duh.)
Be sure to eat lots of seafood that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. But no: shark, swordfish, tile, albacore tuna, mackerel, or bottom-feeders. Dammit! Guess I’ll have to throw out that shark I just bought at Shop Rite.
Don’t eat for two. Even though you are kind of eating for two.
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