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Confession Time! What Pregnancy Rules Did You Break?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I’m generally not the type of person who colors within the lines. But in pregnancy—such an uncertain and often scary time for a first-time expecting mom especially—I played things pretty safe when it came to my diet and activities.

That meant, for instance, avoiding every last food item that might have possibly been unpasteurized during our babymoon in Italy, Spain, and France. Let me be clear: If you are a vegetarian, and you cut out cheese as well as undercooked eggs in Paris, you will eat nothing but bread, and you will look with hungry eyes at what’s on everybody else’s plate.

That said, I sometimes had a sip—or a couple of sips—from my husband’s wine glass. (When in Venice!) And throughout pregnancy, I did have my daily cup of coffee—well within my doctor’s recommendation to stick to 200 milligrams of caffeine a day. I even colored my hair in my first trimester before I realized even that activity in pregnancy is controversial (and then I panicked and called my doc and my M.D. dad). There you have it—my (borderline) transgressions revealed on the Internet!

The fact is, all moms-to-be make their choices about which rules to bend, and which ones to break. And frequently they keep those choices secret to avoid judgement. So I wasn’t surprised to see that a Reddit thread opened up the topic for a lively discussion, begging moms’ confessions regarding their pregnancy diet, drinking, and activity choices.

“I’ve been really bad. I never stopped eating lunch meat. I don’t even heat it up. I eat eggs with runny yolks and I ate raw brownie batter. Worst of all, I rode every roller coaster at my local Six Flags at 6 weeks pregnant,” the Redditor began, listing even more taboo behaviors before opening it up to other posters: “Leave your judgement at the door for this thread. Confession time! What have you done that you aren’t supposed to?”

And other moms delivered. They copped to eating sushi, beer, wine, bleu cheese, cookie dough, and more. Some did verboten activities like taking hot baths, horeseback riding, gymnastics, and cleaning the litter box. (By the way, I opted out of litter box duties—and didn’t miss it one bit.)

Sure, there are prevailing theories about food safety, caffeine, and alcohol in pregnancy, as well as about what exercises and activities to limit or avoid. But we all decide for ourselves—with our doctors and a huge dose of common sense, ideally—what’s O.K. and what’s a total no-no.

So let us know: What forbidden or controversial thing did you do while pregnant?

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World’s Most Impressive Pregnancy Cravings Food Run

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Food Cravings to Eat When You're PregnantEven though I’m sure your honey is awesome at being woken up in the middle of the night to satisfy yet another one of your pregnancy cravings, Yin Yong in Chongqing, China, wins the prize for most devoted husband. When he woke up at 2 am and saw that his two-story home had been flooded, and his kitchen was underwater, he swam 500 meters across a flooded river (That’s Michael Phelps-level swimming—five laps in an Olympic-size pool!) to find hot rice and salted vegetables for his 5-month-pregnant wife. Roundtrip it took him one hour of swimming, and on the return trip he was carrying a tray filled with food over his head to ensure nothing got soggy. Talk about a workout!

Pregnant women know that pregnancy cravings are no joke. They can strike at any hour of the day, and can range from sweet to savory to spicy and tart. Or you might even want all of those taste sensations at once—and that’s your prerogative!

I know I was craving donuts one minute and salt & vinegar potato chips the next, and I wanted to wash it all down with something spicy, so I’d add sriracha to a Ziploc bag full of chips and shake it up, Mexican street food-style.

It’s up to the poor guys in our lives’ to fill every last craving no matter how weird or how late it is, because you do not want to evoke the wrath of a pregnant woman in need of an ice cream-dipped pickle! (Cue images of Khaleesi’s fire-breathing dragons on Game of Thrones.)

Now test your celebrity pregnancy cravings knowledge of what Kate Middleton, Fergie and Jamie-Lynn Sigler are craving here in our fun pregnancy cravings quiz.

TELL US: What has been your craziest pregnancy craving you’ve sent your partner out to find?

Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.

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