I'm well over half way through this pregnancy now, with just under 17 weeks left until I give birth, and although this pregnancy has been a doddle compared to the last one, there are still things I'm struggling with.
Being diabetic means that I'm on a strict diet, so as well as the usual regulations, there are extra things that I can't have any more. I'm already fantasising about what I want to eat and drink when I've given birth, and the list seems to grow every day.
Here are just a few of them:
Fruit juice is one of those things that you think is super healthy, but is actually laden with sugar, meaning that it's a big no-no for me, especially if it's the one with no bits as that's got all the sugar and none of the fibre, making it even higher in the glycemic index. However, you can begin to understand just how much I'd love to drink an ice-cold glass of fresh orange juice! I'm craving citrus, the same as I did in my last pregnancy, and not being able to indulge is torturous!
This one is a real bone of contention with me, to be honest. The Food Standards Agency tells pregnant women to avoid paté because it's possible that it can contain listeria. However, in 2011 there were just 147 cases of listeriosis in the UK, which is just 0.0002333333333333333% of the population, can you see where I'm going with this?! My chances of actually getting listeriosis from paté is spectacularly low, but because I'm a paranoid lunatic, I still won't take the risk, despite craving it in a major way.
Sushi is probably my favourite food in the whole world, and although current guidelines say that it's fine to eat if it's been frozen, I can't seem to get confirmation from anywhere that I've tried to buy it from whether it has been or not. This means that although I technically can have sushi, I've not been able to and I reeeeeally miss it!
I'm sorry I can't be more specific here, but I just want cake. All of it. Any cake. Or patisserie of any kind. Profiteroles, maybe? I don't like custard tarts, but I'd go for one of those like a hungry greyhound goes for a rabbit.
I do love a hunk a cheese, and while I know I can still have the boring ones like cheddar and whatnot, what I really want is a massive pile of crackers, a board full of brie, camembert and stilton, some interesting chutneys and possibly a glass of wine. Not just cheese of cheese's sake, but the whole awesome experience of proper cheese.
And now I've made myself really hungry and craving a ton of stuff that I can't have.
Jayne is a mum to a 5 year old girl and is expecting another little lady, due Feb '14. She currently works from home as well as studying for a degree with the Open University. She's domestically challenged and hates washing up, but makes an awesome lasagne and is a whizz with a sewing machine.
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