Good Food Blog
A pregnant pausePosted at 12:15PM, 24 August 2010 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
In the first few months of my pregnancy, my boyfriend and I couldn't study a restaurant menu without his iPhone ready to Google any suspicious sounding ingredients. Call us paranoid but there's just so much information out there, and so much of it conflicting, it's hard to know what's ok and what isn't. After all, I'm still not sure if it's peanuts or a lack of them that might give my unborn child a nut allergy.
And that's just from reading the books. When you take everyone else's advice into account too, I often find my fork dwindling mid-route to a tasty looking piece of ricotta cheesecake or some other tempting dish fresh from the Good Food kitchen.
A friend called down the table to inform me I wasn't allowed the parmesan on my pasta
People try to give you the best advice they can, it's just a pity it often tends to come as you're about to tuck into the forbidden food of choice, and a bit of research later the advice often turns out to be wrong. A friend at a birthday meal called down the table to inform me I wasn't allowed the parmesan on my pasta; I felt a bit like emptying the whole dish on my plate to prove a point.
People tend to feel quite strongly about the way pregnant women should or shouldn't behave, and before you know it your everyday decisions can become a topic of public debate.
Buying my sister a bottle of champagne for her graduation present felt akin to taking hard drugs at my desk; I'm sure I wasn't imagining the looks of disapproval from my fellow shoppers, or as my bag clinked away guiltily on the bus ride home. I did assure the shop assistant it wasn't for me, but he just looked bemused.
My sixty-five-year-old aunt was mystified when I turned down a treat of a Mr Whippy on a summer walk (I had read it should be avoided in case of listeria). She assured me that 'in her day' they used to get quite tipsy when they were pregnant and that none of this food advice even existed. It seems a wonder that children ever survived at all.
What are your pregnancy food experiences?