..about pregnancy rules you’ve broken/adhered too and such and so forth…
Since I’ve been almost completely pregnant twice now (only 5.6 weeks of sleeps left before PlusOne arrives), I reckon have some Au-thor-o-tay to speak on this subject.
With Boobah’s pregnancy I may have been slightly more careful than I am with this one, but I never really completely adhered to any formal dietary guidelines during both pregnancies. I kinda figured, if I fell pregnant whilst living my lifestyle, then I can probably carry on doing my thang, getting my groove on…
But without further ado, here’s the lowdown:
Normally: I prefer my steak a nice Medium Rare, more Rare than Medium (sorry vegetarian-folk)
Boobah: If and when I did have a steak, TD or my FFIL would insist that it be cooked half to death, and what was presented on my plate resembled a piece of charcoal almost to the T! So I sort of stopped ordering steak, purely for that reason.
PlusOne: After seeing an episode of Carte Blanche where they tested all kinds of every day things for germs and such, it was found that a solid cut of meat is sterile on the inside. And you cook the outside, so that heat kills the germy things, which means my steak is edible, right? Right! So, lately that’s been my excuse/reason for having a steak almost as I like it. I have compromised some, and order it Medium lately, but that’s still MUCH MUCH better than before! (Oh, and 5c copper coins are sterile/germ free, just so you know. Something about copper being anti-bacterial or something. Who says TV isn’t educational?? )
Normally: I like my biltong the same as I like my steak, and I LOVE biltong
Boobah: My biltong intake was pretty much limited throughout the whole pregnancy, unless it was so uber-dry it looked like a piece of cardboard.
PlusOne: I have had craving upon craving for biltong and droe wors since the start of this pregnancy. In fact, that was one of the first indicators/symptoms/reasons-to-believe of my subsequent pregnancy. And I’ve been scoffing handfuls of it at a time. Initially, I was slightly concerned about it, and then tweeted about it, and vegetarian ExMi pointed out that she also had bucketloads of it during her pregnancy with The Kid, and her kid turned out pretty awesome! Also, I reckon all the salt they use is enough to kill any nasty that may decide to miff my vleis, you know?
Normally: I absolutely NEED a cup of coffee or tea when I wake up, or I can’t function for at least two hours
Boobah: I tried to do the decent thing and switched to Decaf Coffee (Jacobs I think) for the odd cup I then allowed myself to have. I tried to drink more water and failed miserably. I tried to cut out some teat-times, and replace normal black tea with rooibos tea – I also failed that miserably. It made me feel like such a terrible person, and I was constantly feeling guilty about being such a horrible mother-to-be
PlusOne: Screw that! I’m STILL drinking tea and coffee, however and whenever it is presented to me. Now and then I’ll have a cup of Green Tea (because I feel like it) and most nights lately, we’ve been having Milo – for Winter’s sake and all.
Normally: I smoke. I’ve been smoking for roughly half my life – shocking, I know, seeing as I’m not really all tht old yet…
Boobah: I cut down and smoked lighter smokes than my usual PS Blue, but I didn’t stop. I moved down to Number One’s or Infinites etc. I kept that up for a few months after the birth, and then gradually worked my way back to PS Blue.
PlusOne: I’m still smoking. Using the same method as with Boobah, I’m on No. 1′s again, but point is, I still smoke. This is the one thing in my life that I REALLY REALLY hoped would make me SO super sick with All Day sickness, that I would have no choice but to stop, but no such luck. I still smoke. **And if you have never smoked before in your life, you are not allowed to judge me on this! And if you were/are one of those people that stopped when they fell pregnant, I truly wish I had your kind of will-power!**
Normally: I would have a drink or two here and there, and can’t really resist a nice cocktail – Jam Jars and Teapots from Primi being my latest favorites
Boobah: Was conceived during my 21st Birthday Weekend Celebrations, where copious amounts of alcohol was consumed for the duration of the celebrations. Also, I was young and clubbing and just generally doing what people that age does. But as soon as I found out, I stopped. Completely and utterly and that didn’t bother me even one bit. I didn;t even have a glass of wine, even though some medical experts believe it’s okay to have the odd glass of wine here and there. If you’re someone who does/did that, great, but I couldn’t. That was the one uncompromisable thing for me throughout! And I’m not much of a wine drinker anyway…
PlusOne: Again, as soon as I found out the little man is swimming in my belly, I stopped all drinking promptly. No issues, no hassles, no questions! Except, lately, I’ve really really been craving a glass of Amarula, served over crushed ice, to be sipped slowly and enjoyed and savoured. But I haven’t yet, and I won’t either, until this boy has seen the light of day!
Yeah, yeah, I know, I’ll smoke but I won’t even sip a small liqueur, but that’s just how it goes in my head, okay? Okay.
Sproutsmom also mentioned something about runny eggs and viennas and such… I always eat my eggs sunny side up, and dip my chips in the runny eggy bit, but I don’t eat the whites. I don’t like the taste. And I still eat viennas. It forms part of Boobah’s staple diet, after all. And vieannas are pretty much the same as polony, right, and THAT I have almost daily – on my 1/4 bread or latest discovery from the cafe around the corner – vetkoek. Vetkoek, with polony, chicken or fried and cheese – for 7 bucks!! Bargain breakfast FTW!!
Anyhoodle, I have to run, seems it’s home time and they want to lock the office.
Much love x 3.5