Everyone has a different, and highly vocal, opinion, on what I should and should not (especially should not) be eating, as a pregnant woman.
For instance, I love coffee.
Really good coffee, properly brewed and all that, I drink black. Merely satisfactorily good coffee is supplemented with milk and sugar, on the principle that the milk is good for me.
The rest of the world: OMG, u r drinking c0ff33 while pregnant! R u insane?
Attention world, see this cup? It is Decaf. And the latest epidemiological study didn’t find any increase in negative outcomes from daily caffeine intake when it was less than 2 cups a day. So piss off.
This is only one example. I’ve gotten multiple lectures on coffee. I’ve also been strictured on:
- seafood (in general)
- salmon (in particular)
- salsa and/or pico de gallo
- cheese (not even brie, etc, just in general)
- chocolate (!!!)
Salmon because of mercury, later expanded into all seafood because ‘you can’t be too sure’. Salsas because they’re too spicy and might cause me to miscarry (wtf?) Cheese, because it’s made with bacteria (thank goodness they didn’t see me eating yogurt). Meat, because meat is ‘bad’ (hello, iron?). And chocolate, because it too has caffeine. Sadly the chocolate-disser expired shortly thereafter of a mysteriously unknown causes. In my imagination.
Pretty soon I won’t be allowed to eat anything except carrots.
Scratch that, too much vitamin A is also bad for the developing baby.