Friday, May 25, 2012

fluids and such

So I read that your amniotic fluid tastes like whatever you eat, and that can shape your baby's taste preferences after it comes out. I read it in Fit Pregnancy, which we all know is a reputable source of empirical evidence, so it must be true. I also heard the same claims on NPR, so that's as good as doctrine.

This information is important to me, because I really don't want my kid to eat only chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. Or salami and Tobasco sandwiches, if you're my brother (what the hell did my mother eat while she was pregnant with him).

Now before I piss off some mothers whose kids only eat that stuff, I'm not saying you're a bad parent or whatever. I'm not saying you haven't done whatever you can to get your kid to eat vegetables. Honestly, I really don't give a shit what you feed your kid. As an aside, I feel like we women are too judgmental of each other's pregnancies and parenting, as was evident with the recent dialogue surrounding attachment parenting.

Anyway, so I resolved to eat as many bitter vegetables and as little salt as I can for the rest of this pregnancy. The reasons for this are pretty self-serving. I want to be able to go out to dinner and to friends' houses and potlucks and take this kid with me without worrying about where the nearest Wendy's is. I want my kid to at least try everything once, and hopefully like some of it. I want my kid to eat more than brown food. And vegetables are good for it. Even if this is all bullhonky, and my kid still comes out only asking for Cheetos and purple drink, I suppose I should eat like this anyway, because it's good for me too.

No, this is not an unintentional gender reveal, but wouldn't that be crazy if it was Asian?!
Buuuuuut, I realized today that I may have gone too far when I looked down at my lunch and noticed I had only served myself cucumbers, zucchini, red potatoes, and raw broccoli. I try not to do anything half-assed.


  1. Oooooh, if you have an asian kid that would be way cool! Try not to be too worried. Our kids go through cycles. They all ate tons of veggies as little kids. Preferred water over any other liquid. Then, they switched to the brown foods and sugar. It's all in phases. and yet, they grow, they don't look terribly malnourished (well, except for Braden, and really that kid is always going to look like we just don't feed him, it's that Haralson skinny/tall thing) and they do eat various veggies. I've learned to relax if the only veggie they eat for a month is cucumbers. as long as they eat them.