Over the weekend, this post did this to my stats:
Seems it made the rounds on Pinterest again!
So, I figured it needed an update, especially since it’s been somewhat controversial.
Let’s address how I wrote this post in the first place: When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time reading a lot of resources about a lot of things. I got the same list of foods to avoid from my doctor as everyone else did, but I came upon a few oddities when I was reading about food safety during pregnancy online. Some of these were cultural, others were due to potential side-effects from eating different foods.
So, being a blogger, I made a list of the oddities and posted it on the web.
Some people get really angry with my list! I’ve seen some really negative comments going around about it, mostly calling it “alarmist” and “over-the-top” or “excessive.”
Truthfully? I agree.
I didn’t avoid all of these foods. I think if pregnant women really avoided every possible food that could possibly maybe have a small chance of affecting their pregnancies, we would be left with nothing but air and water – but make sure they’re purified!
I just wrote this post to share the stranger foods I found on lists to avoid in pregnancies.
For everything we do, we have to measure the risk.
My need to stock my kitchen and feed myself and my family is greater than the risk of possibly getting in a car accident driving there.
My desire to eat soft-serve ice cream (from a clean, well-kept ice cream shop that I trust) was greater than the small potential of contracting listeria bacteria from said ice cream and passing it to my fetus.
Everyone has their own risk meter, you have to make decisions based on yours (and with the help of trusted health professionals, in the case of pregnancy).
In an attempt to calm the haters, I’m going to share my sources for the different foods that I have in my list of “10 weird foods you didn’t know you shouldn’t eat while you’re pregnant.”
- Predatory fish
- Fresh-caught fish
- Cookie dough
- Herbal teas
- Soft-serve ice cream
- Sesame seeds
- Black licorice
- Fresh-squeezed juice
- Papaya and pineapples
The listeria concern comes up a lot. Truth be told, the most recent outbreaks of listeria that I can recall were with tomatoes, spinach, and cantaloupe melons. None of those things are sprouts, soft-serve, or deli meat. Again – the risk thing comes in here, so calculate your own and decide for yourself.
Go forth, from here, and read, learn, and make your own decisions!