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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 10:14 AM   11
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I think that moderation is the key really...

Pregnant women aren't supposed to eat sushi, but Japan is a nation of extremely healthy people. I am sure that French women probably continue to eat pate and soft cheese too.

With pregnancy it is a lot easier to say "no, you shouldn't eat/drink it", than to say "a little, in moderation, once in a while is ok". Prime example of that is alcohol... Doctors admit that a drink every now and again wont hurt the baby, but the official advice is "don't drink at all" (because some women don't know where to draw the line...).

As far as drinking... you can't go too far wrong with water... ok it is boring, but it works.

Does you wife like lemon? My in-laws (health freaks) swear on hot water with a slice of fresh lemon in it.

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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 10:26 AM   12
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I think that moderation is the key really...

Pregnant women aren't supposed to eat sushi, but Japan is a nation of extremely healthy people. I am sure that French women probably continue to eat pate and soft cheese too.

With pregnancy it is a lot easier to say "no, you shouldn't eat/drink it", than to say "a little, in moderation, once in a while is ok". Prime example of that is alcohol... Doctors admit that a drink every now and again wont hurt the baby, but the official advice is "don't drink at all" (because some women don't know where to draw the line...).

As far as drinking... you can't go too far wrong with water... ok it is boring, but it works.

Does you wife like lemon? My in-laws (health freaks) swear on hot water with a slice of fresh lemon in it.

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Aah the voice of reason, almost anything is OK in moderation :-)

Actually she does like lemon in hot water and drank that quite a lot before she got pregnant. Sometimes the best solutions is slapping you in the face



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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 10:45 AM   13
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Aah the voice of reason, almost anything is OK in moderation :-)

Actually she does like lemon in hot water and drank that quite a lot before she got pregnant. Sometimes the best solutions is slapping you in the face
Apart from the obvious things, like smoking, maybe...

I am sure there is probably an argument for avoiding everything if you web search for it ("studies have shown that eating brocoli during pregnancy...." etc).

A lot of pregnancy eating is about avoiding too much of a potential harmful chemical (i.e. too much mercury in tuna/salmon, too much Vit A in Liver, too much ginger perhaps?) or are about avoiding food poisoning (under-cooked eggs, raw seafood, cold meats, unpasturised milk/cheese/juices). Other things like peanuts can be very contraversial: some say "don't eat any peanuts!", but recent studies find that total abstenance from allergins can actually make things worse (certainly those with severe peanut allergies are actually being re-introduced to them...).

So a mixture of moderation and common sense go along way. We worry too much about getting things perfectly right all of the time, but life isn't like that... and - as you have said - generations of babies have been born without the procautions of today.

I think it is always worth listening to advice, but don't sweat the occassional peanut, glass of champagne or cup of red berry tea: unlikely to have a huge effect in the scheme of things...

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I'm sorry...did you say hibiscus should be AVOIDED....WTH!!!! I had some rosehip/hibiscus tea yesterday......



 
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 13:34 PM   15
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OK I just googled it and it said rosehips and hibiscus were safe in pregnancy...in moderation...here's the link...

http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnanc...ent=937&page=1



 
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 13:43 PM   16
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God - the green tea comment scared me - I used to live in Japan and have drunk 1-3 cups of green tea a day for many years now. (I don't drink any other caffeinated drinks). I have now read that in moderation is ok (the article I read said up to 5 cups), but I think I will try to make sure I have only 1 or 2 nevertheless.

I can't help wondering about some of these things - in Japan people drink green tea all day long, yet still have healthy babies.



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I think you just have to take it with a pinch of salt, but this is is the page that wife found relating to hibiscus it was classed as "not safe"

http://www.babycenter.com/0_herbal-t...gnancy_3537.bc

I think QTPie hit the nail on the head.



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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 13:51 PM   18
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God - the green tea comment scared me - I used to live in Japan and have drunk 1-3 cups of green tea a day for many years now. (I don't drink any other caffeinated drinks). I have now read that in moderation is ok (the article I read said up to 5 cups), but I think I will try to make sure I have only 1 or 2 nevertheless.

I can't help wondering about some of these things - in Japan people drink green tea all day long, yet still have healthy babies.
I bet they eat sushi too! Yet that would be a huge no no in the UK or USA.

Who would have thought that bloomin tea could cause all this concern!



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For real...there's so much mixed info out there it's amazing....I think I'll hold off much of this stuff for now. I do drink loads of bayleaf tea and flax seed (linseed) though.



 
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 13:57 PM   20
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Yeah.. see linseed is something else I used to have but then read bad things about....

I think it's all a conspiracy - first they take my poached eggs and then my morning cuppa......



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