5 Even Deadlier Pregnancy Sins I Confess to Committing

Okay, it's time to come clean. Last week I wrote about some of the deadly pregnancy sins I committed when I was expecting my baby girl (who's 5 months old today!). I thought I was being all sly and funny and bad-ass. Not really, but I at least thought I was being funny. What I didn't anticipate was that I'd be called out by some of you REALLY bad-ass moms who treated pregnancy like it was New Year's Eve on crack. At least that's what you told me in the comments. In no uncertain terms, you said some of my deadly sins were lame.

I'm here to tell you that I wasn't entirely forthcoming before. I played it safe and chose to write about pregnancy faux pas I accidentally fell into. What I didn't tell you about were the ones I knowingly, willingly, joyfully embraced ... and let me warn you, they are seriously criminal. Let's just hope child services isn't reading THIS post.

I drank coffee. Not just once or twice. Every day. I dutifully abstained for most of my first trimester, but that decaf crap (even from Starbucks) wasn't cutting it. Ain't no way I'm giving up my sacred daily coffee just because I'm, you know, growing another human life inside me. And besides, these days doctors and even prudish pregnancy books say it's okay.

I drank wine. So yeah, I know I said I stayed away from alcohol in that other post, but I was drinking when I wrote it. No, actually, I fibbed a little. Go on, judge me. What I should have written was that I mostly stayed away from it, but I did have a glass of white or red here and there. I wasn't like some of you self-professed cocktail-guzzling pregnant women, but this kind of makes me cool, doesn't it? OH, OH, OH ... and I even went wine-tasting. TWICE. Now are you impressed? (Er, um, I spat out most of it. But still ... I'm bad, aren't I?)

I got my hair highlighted. The horror! But do I have to spell it out? Nine months is a hell of a long time to go with nasty, dark roots. I have my image. And need I remind you that I was (sort of) a shotgun bride? Wasn't about to walk down the aisle in the frothy white dress without my blond locks all nice and touched up, now, was I?

I ate deli meat. Tuna and turkey and ham ... oh my! Not that often. But enough to be scolded by judgy moms and brought into the fold by all you rebels.

I took cough medicine with codeine. Aha! Got your attention there, didn't I? Full disclosure: I did that before I found out I was pregnant. I'm not THAT devilish. Oh, and then I promptly threw up. Sorry. TMI.

Are these deadly sins really deadly this time? Are they?


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Momma... MommaGreenhalge

I ate deli meat and drank coffee. I don't drink or take codeine anyway, so I wouldn't have done it while pregnant, either.

nonmember avatar Manchester

200-300 mg of caffine daily is okay. Wine isn't banned for expecting moms in Europe. There are no studies showing a occasional glass is safe or unsafe after the first trimester. Highlights are okay are the 1st trimester. Deli meat is okay, you can reduce your risk by steaming it to kill bacteria. Nitrate free deli meats are also preferable.

Why do you, author, care about looking like a pregnancy badass?

MsRkg MsRkg

I did everything but the cough medicine but that's because I very rarely catch colds and my son is perfectly fine and healthy. I even broke down and ate sushi a few times, cause those cravings could not be denied no matter how hard I tried. Lol

jpfsmom jpfsmom

I had a tall guinness on St Patties day, drank coffee regularly 2nd and 3rd tri, deli meat all the time and also had my hair colored. I was rip roaring drunk the week before I found out I was pregnant doing shots and dutifully puking my guts out after a night of old fashion debauchery. I'm happy to report baby and mom are healthy and happy.

the4m... the4mutts

Nope. Not bad. I did all the last ones, and all these. All in moderation.

tiny_... tiny_mama

Everything in moderation and it's no big deal.. *shrug*

cueba... cueballsmom

I would relate the things I did while pregnant, no I will. I drank, smoked, ate poorly, rode a motorcycle, and skipped prenatal checkups. And guess what? Kids more normal than the two I was strictly by the book with after her.

Stacey. Stacey.

While I was pregnant the Dr. prescribed me codeine for my migraines. I also smoked herb for my morning sickness (hyperemesis makes you want to die) and the promethazine they gave me made me get lightheaded to wear my vision blacked out everytime I moved too much.  I also took aspirin in the first trimester, drank coffee, changed the cat litter, ate deli meat, and lived on a diet mostly of fruity pebbles and microwave dinners.

nonmember avatar sh

While pregnant I had a condition that kept one of my kidneys from draining (very painful). I had to have surgery to place a stent but had to wait 'til I was 24 weeks along to have surgery. My OB and urologist agreed that I needed to take percocet when my pain level rose too high because the pain could have caused me to go into labor. So, I took percocet and had anesthesia for sugery when I was pregnant. That was 6 years ago and my little guy is as healthy as they come (thank goodness! I won't say I wasn't scared).

Bonnie Bruns Williams

I did all those (except for the codeine) with all 4 babies.  All 4 are fine, it's all in moderation!!


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