Been missing your pregnancy no-no foods? Celebrate giving birth to your baby with the finest selection of where-have-you-been-all-my-newborn’s-life indulgences…
You’ve spent nine months dodging certain food and avoiding alcohol for the safety and wellbeing of your unborn baby. Now he’s out in the world, why not celebrate with all the things you’ve been going without. Bon appetite!
Cheese… the good stuff
A luxuriant, half-melted camembert. What could be better? Maybe a bit of stilton or gorgonzola? Perhaps a bit of pizza with proper Italian buffalo mozzarella. The slight risk of listeriosis from the bacteria in these soft and mould-ripened cheeses made them off-limits during your pregnancy, but now there’s no reason not to tuck in.
You couldn’t even drown your no-soft-cheese sorrows in a bit of lovely pâté while you were pregnant, because it contains the same pesky bacteria. But now, a cracker smothered in pâté is just the way to celebrate being able to eat your favourite foods again (oh… and the birth of your baby, of course).
Anything that carries its house on its back can be a bit of a food poisoning risk, especially raw, so it’s best to stay away from it when you’re pregnant. But now your baby’s born, not only are shellfish a tasty treat but they’re good for getting your omega-3 fatty acids, which boost the immune system and can help relieve depression.
What better celebratory drink is there than a glass of bubbly? Research shows one or two units of alcohol a week while you’re breastfeeding shouldn’t harm your baby, but it’s best to wait a couple of hours before you feed him if you’ve had a drink. Once you get the hang of breastfeeding you can always express milk beforehand.
You can’t knock them back like you’re in the office and three hours away from a deadline, but a lovely hot cappuccino or a filter coffee a day is a fabulous treat after nine months of cutting back on caffeine, and it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re breastfeeding. The Food Standards Agency guidelines recommend no more than 200mg of caffeine a day, which is about two mugs of instant coffee or one high-street chain coffee, which tend to be stronger.