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These Guys Tried The Pregnancy Diet And Whined Like Hell

Because when there's a bun in the oven, you can't eat deli meat. (That's the saying, right?)

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When people are pregnant, doctors recommend that they follow a strict diet for the health of the baby, both limiting potentially harmful foods and eating more foods that promote healthy growth. We asked some guys to try it out for two weeks.

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Two weeks is 1/20th of a full-term pregnancy.


They weren't allowed to eat a TON of foods, in order to prevent things like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Listeria, Salmonella, or dehydration.

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Here's a list of the restrictions they had to follow:

- No alcohol.

- No deli meat, lunch meat, hot dogs, smoked seafood, or soft cheeses.

- No unpasteurized milk or juice.

- No raw meat, eggs, seafood, or shellfish.

- No fish high in mercury.

- No more than 200mg of caffeine per day (about one tall Starbucks cup of coffee).


Since our guys were struggling, we brought in Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, Ob-Gyn, to give them some advice.

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She recommended that if they were having trouble following so many little rules, they could focus on increasing whole foods that are not processed, as well as cutting out as many animal products and as much sugar as possible.


The guys admitted to struggling with a lot of aspects of the diet -- not being able to eat some of their go-to meals, missing caffeine, and struggling to eat all the extra nutrients. Jared did say, however, that he liked being in solidarity with Kate. <3

Overall, the guys had a healthy new respect for the pregnancy diet and, well, being a woman in general.

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There's a lot of expectations, requirements, and societal judgments around being pregnant!