Monday, February 20, 2012

Stuff You SHOULD NEVER Do When Pregnant and Do Anyway

I love Virginia over at Meet Virginia and want to eat her with a spoon. She responded to my recent post about loving coffee by saying that she loves coffee but she's always pregnant (I hear ya, sister ... except she's having #7 soon so she wins this round) so she has to cut back and she still has 2 cups a day.

If you are freaking out right now you are reading the WRONG BLOG becuase you know how I feel about that sort of junk.

I am all about my kids being kept safe and (fairly) clean and very healthy and getting enough sleep and brushing their teeth and taking their baths and showers and eating pretty well except for all the Hershey kisses we got 50% off the day after Valentine's Day. I know where my kids are all the time. And I take care of myself when pregnant ... don't smoke, don't drink, blah blah blah.

But you KNOW there are those people out there who might see a preggie with a Starbuck's and send negative death rays at her head. Which is really just a waste of time for the haters, don't you think? Because if I am looking out for someone and am concerned about their well-being, I'm not going to try to change their mind by being a jerk; I'm going to talk to them lovingly. And really, a little caffeine is the hill you want to die on?

OK, so my post makes sense with the title for a change, here are other things you should never do when pregnant, except that I did all of them and have 5 healthy, smart, amazing kids:

  1. Eat fish.
  2. Slip on ice and fall on your ass.
  3. Hang out in a hot tub.
  4. Get stressed out at work.
  5. Nurse an older child.
  6. Snort nasal spray to get some freaking sleep.
  7. Fill in the blank.
One more thing to totally send you off the deep end: if smoking was so bad for preggies back in the 1960s, why aren't most of us born to smokin' preggies running around underweight and short and stupid? And don't get me started on the Valium use back then :-)

P.S. Before this post went to press, Virgnia wanted me to add: "the ONLY kid I drank NO caffeine with was my oldest. I was super strict about everything and he is the only kid I have with the most issues. Not only does he have a form of Autism but he has major allergy issues. He's my most unhealthiest and the most hyper. You better believe I'm gonna have caffeine after that."

Talk amongst yourselves and report back here. I can take it.


  1. Funny about the caffeine. My daughters grandma had 4 kids. 3 she smoked with one she didn't. The ones she smoked with have never had any health issues and they are in their 30's. The one she smoked with has had a lifetime of problems including asthma and serious lung issues. Funny how that works huh?

  2. My mother smoked when she was pregnant with me :) I guess I'm ok ;)

    Really though. The medical community can't make up it's mind. You're supposed to have so many servings of fish for Omega 3, but then they say it's not safe due to other reasons. One day eggs are good for you. The next, eggs are bad.

    Everything in moderation, right?

  3. I am from a family of smokers... My grandmother smokes, my mom smokes, I smoke... When I was pregnant with my first child my doc told me to cut back, he said quitting would put me under too much stress which could cause more harm than just cutting back. I am a firm believer in the everything in moderation theory... And now I sound like my mother! Ugh!


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