One major initial question that came up for me when I was pregnant was a common one: What could I get away with ingesting and still be regarded as a person growing a healthy baby? Deli turkey? Occasional glass of wine? How many cheese cubes make you a bad mother? After that is was probably how much weight I would gain/could gain and then how hard would it be to lose it. What do you want? I'm a product of my culture. It was hard to find out because no one really knows anything, I don't care how smart we think we are. And of course, the Internet says different things. Doctors say different things. And different cultures say different things. And people are different. Those contradictions can be maddening, but the different cultural approaches to pregnancy can be a particularly fascinating and extra-maddening revelation for mothers-to-be, because how can it be bad for you to eat sushi when Japanese women do so throughout their pregnancy? How can it be that big a deal to have a glass of … [Read more...] about Google Data From 20 Countries Reveals What Pregnant Women Want
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The recent hyper-scrutiny of newly pregnant supermodel Chrissy Teigen proves there is nothing too inconsequential to be tsked tsked over when you are with child, down to the nutritional content of a single bowl of blended cereal. The Catalyst: Teigen published this photo on her Instagram recently: The Weapon: Fruity Pebbles mixed with Cap’n Crunch The Charges: While many readers saluted her bowl of cereal or mentioned their own pregnancy cravings (“pickles, froyo, veggie burritos”) somewhere deep in the thousands of comments, according to People, some commenters railed that processed foods are “beyond bad for baby,” others pleading with Teigen: “Don’t feed your baby that dyed crap.” She was understandably pissed, and took to her Twitter to respond, writing: This sort of thing is not new for trolls, nor for Teigen. When she posted her first baby bump pic on Instagram in early October, commenters who thought it was earlier in the pregnancy … [Read more...] about Why, Exactly, Are We So Into Policing What Pregnant Women Eat?
Dear Lifehacker, Sincerely, Dear Washer, scrub waxy veggies with a brush, and you can make your own fruit and vegetable wash with baking soda or vinegar. (Combining baking soda and vinegar provides some fizzing action, but ultimately neutralizes both chemicals, so there’s no need to combine them.) Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash is the most popular commercial option, and the label makes it sound good: it supposedly removes “98% more pesticides, waxes, human-handling residues, and other contaminants” than water alone. On the other hand, they don’t provide any evidence to back up this claim, and in the very next sentence on their web site they strain credibility by asking “Why use something with chemicals to remove chemicals?” Fun fact: Everything is a chemical, including water and Fit’s ingredients and vegetables themselves. So there’s just a little bit of hand-waving going on. Although Fit doesn’t call their product a soap, … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Way to Wash My Produce Before I Eat It?
By the time you read this, I will be on maternity leave. A little quick math will reveal that I have therefore laid off the liquor for nearly a year. A year with several occasions where—to put it mildly—I could have used a drink. Nevertheless, aside from watching the occasional seasonal cocktail pass with faint theoretical longing, I was surprised to find it relatively easy to do without—especially in comparison to all the other stuff I missed. For instance: Being able to go two, maybe even three hours without hunting for a bathroom By the end, I was on roughly a 45-minute timer. Deli meat An easy lunch option you don’t miss until it’s gone. Also, turkey clubs. And ham. (Although by the end I’d said fuck it and started eating ham again.) Sushi I’m not even sure my suddenly delicate and very picky stomach could have taken it. Hollandaise sauce You know, I’m not sure this one is even against the rules. Somebody told me it was and I just … [Read more...] about A List of Things I Miss More Than Alcohol
Curled up in bed reading a new novel about Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf called Vanessa and Her Sister, I came to a section about Bell’s pregnancy in which she is instructed by her doctor to wear a corset and drink champagne. In the middle of navigating my own pregnancy, I laughed out loud. Indeed just like all the scenes of drinking, smoking pregnant women on Mad Men, this fictional advice—based on the author’s historical research—indicates how much the medical establishment’s guidelines for pregnant women shifts with the sands of time. Those of us whose pregnant moms were urged to drink Guinness to bring in milk are all too aware of this paradox: today’s pregnancy gospel is tomorrow’s joke. So even on the surface, it’s clear why the CDC faced such a backlash with its recent guidelines urging all women of childbearing age to avoid alcohol unless they’re on birth control. Headlines ranged from the sober “The CDC’s … [Read more...] about Why Pregnant Women Are Saying “Fuck You” to the CDC—Even If We’re Not Drinking