5. Random Things That People Tell You Are Bad For You But Probably Aren’t
Did you know that you shouldn’t eat nuts when you’re pregnant because it might make you future offspring allergic? No? Probably because that’s something that somebody made up. But these are the kinds of things that come out of the woodwork when folks start to give you unsolicited (and unscientific) advice on your diet.
4. Deli, Smoked and Cured Meats
I have to admit that this one was a complete surprise to me. Who knew? Actually, I don’t think that there’s inherently anything wrong with the sliced ham in your deli counter from a nutritional standpoint…I believe it’s more about the higher potential for infection from listeria. Let’s hear it for our country’s fantastic food safety regulations!
3. Good Cheese
You know how you can tell a great cheese because it’s soft, runny, slightly stinky and has gorgeous lines of blue streaking throughout? Hands off, moms-to-be. If it’s not pasteurized or if it has anything resembling a live microorganism in it, it’s off limits. Feel free to go to town on the Velveeta, though, because that shit is perfectly good for you and totally healthy.
2. Raw Shellfish
It’s funny, ladies, but those raw oysters that you might have used to “set the mood” on that night that got you into this situation are strictly verboten at this point.
1. Hot Dogs
Really? This is frigging AMERICA and if a pregnant woman wants to have the most wholesome mystery meat product that this fair land has to offer, who is the medical establishment to tell her “no?” I’m TVFF and I approve this message.