No Hot Baths, Exercise, Don’t Exercise, No Sushi…

I’m approaching the third trimester now and seem to have developed an insatiable appetite! Literally from packs of cookies to family size bars of chocolate, pasta, sandwiches… everything. I don’t know about you guys but with these warm evenings and bright mornings, I’m struggling to sleep too. Oh and have a big case of restless leg. So rather upsetting myself over not having that Domino’s pizza (well, when Dan’s not around anyway) I thought I’d run a nice hot bath and have a relax. Oh, except wait you’re not allowed hot baths. Hmm, should I get the pizza then? Perhaps baby is craving it?

I know I’m not alone in finding the pregnancy do’s and don’t completely confusing. With so many myths versus clinically proven facts, it’s no wonder I just want to close the book and fall asleep. So whilst I pour myself a coffee (wait, are we allowed caffeine?) I did some thinking. A dollop of research and a few cookies later, here’s what I learned.

#Myth 1 – CRAVINGS

Some say they actually don’t really crave anything. My cravings? Well, in the beginning it was anything bland. I adopted a particular penchant for cheese sandwiches and beef ‘Monster Munch’ but aside from that it was anything to stop myself feeling sick. For those who do crave, it’s completely normal. In fact, they’re set off by the hormone balances and dips in blood sugar levels (they’re more extreme when pregnant). Remember though, it’s better to have that pear or a handful of raspberries nearby instead of reaching for that cream cake all the time. My sister said she craved new carpet. I know, right?! Well actually, she developed anaemia in her pregnancy and it’s thought that if you crave things like earth and washing powder (among other weird and wonderful things) that it’s worth chatting to your midwife for iron tests.

#Myth 2 – Lambing Season

This one is true. I found out when taking my niece to a farm in Wales with my then pregnant sister. During lambing season (Jan-Apr) some infections like toxoplasmosis, listeriosis and chlamydiosis can be passed from sheep to humans. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, it can in fact harm her and her unborn baby’s health.

#Myth 3 – Caffeine

As a self confessed coffee addict (and trained Barista), this was one of the first things I read up on. You can have 200mg of caffeine a day – which isn’t an enormous amount. Bear in mind that filter coffee is more caffeinated than Espresso and things like Diet Coke and chocolate also contains some.

#Myth 4 – You’ll Miss Sushi!

Another of my weak spots. London is a mecca for amazing sushi restaurants. But before declining that invitation to Nobu, you can actually eat some sushi – depending on its source and if it’s been previously frozen (it should be). Personally this was a big risk for me so I’ve chosen to avoid at all costs (unless veggie) and save it for an epic date night post baby with my hubby and a glass of Champagne.

#Myth 5 – Holidaying

So long as you have a letter from your midwife after 28 weeks, you should be safe to fly.

#Myth 6 – To Exercise or Not Exercise

I’d love to sit down all day but my mental health couldn’t cope – neither could my fitness. Staying active like swimming, walking and other gentle exercise is so good for you. It’s said that if you were a previous gym bunny, keep at it but listen to your body.

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