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Well, quite a few things. My diet was beyond awful yesterday. I had 2 nitrate and nitrite free hot dogs in the morning (reheated in the microwave, a McDonald's chicken club with fries, nachos, and....worst of all, a bite of the same kind of hot dog that had been cooked earlier in the week, but I did not reheat."
I feel sick just looking at all of that food. How could I eat like that? How could I do that to my baby? I'm also worried that the bite of the non-reheated hot dog did harm. I have a terrible headache today.
ive never heard of nitrate hotdogs or nitrate free, however i think your fine. everyone goes through i binge here and there. try not to beat yourself up over it. as for hotdogs i kow many women who eat tons of hotdogs during pregnancy, and was never concerned what was in them... i try and eat as healthy as i can, mostly for the health of myself and my family. however i still have days where all i want is a big mac as long as thats not your regular diet then your fine. especially if you make sure you exercise properly. try not to beat yourself up your not a horrible person.
With all the things we have to worry about don't put this kind of pressure on yourself! You had one day of comfort food - it's ok...i think it's perfectly normal for us to eat all weird now and then - don't stress it! I'm sure your baby is fine
I was being really harsh on myself a few weeks ago as well... then I went on vacation and talked to a pediatrician who specializes in infants and premies. She told me a lot of encouraging things that I'll pass along:
1. Most doctors warn about lunch meat, cheeses, etc. because a tiny percentage of women have contracted bacteria that was harmful to the baby and they feel its their responsibility to inform and educate. But you probably have a better chance of falling, getting into a car accident, etc. and hurting your baby in the routine of normal life than through consuming these types of food.
2. The normal American diet, even if not the best, provides more than enough nutrients for your baby - even without a prenatal.
3. She has worked with women who continued to smoke, drink and use drugs while pregnant and have had healthy babies. Her point here was NOT to have a 'free for all', but our body does a better job than we think protecting our baby.
4. Caffeine in moderation is 100% ok, especially after the first trimester - they even give it to premies to help stimulate them.
5. One beer or glass of wine once in a while will not harm your baby in any way. There have even been studies done that women who drink 1 glass of red wine every so often during their later trimesters have a lesser chance of having a child with learning/ADHD disorders.
My response to her was, "But if anything was wrong with the baby, I would feel so guilty and wrong for doing any of the above things"... she said that if anything was wrong, I would feel guilty even if I have done everything perfect.
Now, don't get me wrong - I don't necessarily approve with throwing all of the doctor's advice 'out the window' and I may not personally agree with all of the above, but it did help me relax and not stress about every little thing I put into my body.
Don't stress! I never heard anything bad about hotdogs with Holden and I ate them all the time and he is the absolute picture of health (same with junkfood, deli meat and I prob drank a soda a day too).
I really feel like a lot of these things they tell you to stay away from are way too strict!