Friday, March 26, 2010

And what about the wine?

Dr: Congratulations on your pregnancy! You can make a new appointment with my assistant.
Me: Ok. ummm... I have a couple of questions first.
Dr: Yes...
Me: Is there any foods I should avoid?
Dr: ...
Me: like cheese? Especially from France?
Dr: And why would you avoid cheese from France?
Me: I think because it is unpasteurized.
Dr: French women don't give up cheese. Do you eat a lot of it?
Me: A lot? Not really.
Dr: Well, then you should be fine.
Me: Ok. No warnings about wine or beer either?
Dr: Do you drink a lot of alcohol?
Me: No. Well, maybe an occasional glass of wine at dinner.
Dr: Well, as long as you are not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, you should be fine! Anything else?
Me: I don't think so.
Me (walking away muttering under breath): Europeans
Dr (shaking head): Americans



(while the people are real and this conversation did take place, all events and sayings are paraphrased. Believe word for word at your own risk)

10 comments:

Amber Liddle said...

That's so refreshing. I hate how American women fret about every single thing they put in their mouths while pregnant. Enjoy your coffee and wine!

fiona said...

But surely that's part of the joy of pregnancy, avoiding certain foods and all alcohol for months and months and months!!? Then you can have a massive cheese, pate, and booze party to celebrate afterwards. These funny french people...we British are with you Americans on this one. I'm off to drink milk direct from the cow.

AstroYoga said...

I am always impressed with the lack of guidance from German doctors on basic issues related to home care for specific conditions (like pregnancy). There are a lot of assumptions that people know how to take care of themselves properly. I think I kind of prefer the American paranoia just because I have learned a few things here and there from the little pamphlets and stuff they give you. Plus, it just makes me feel goof to know that I am doing things right.

Yelli said...

I don't know where I fall on this. On one hand I was so relieved that I didn't walk away from the Dr's feeling guilty about doing things I hadn't even done yet! On the other hand, I feel a bit lost.? Can't there be some kind of Utopian middle ground somewhere where I am given information but not in a all or nothing kind of way? #ifiruledtheworld

Susanne said...

I wonder why american women very often gain alot more weight than Europeans?
I am German and had 2 healthy boys, the first one was born in the States and under american doctors care, the other one in Germany under German doctors care....
I felt very well taken care off both ways.....
The americans are a little more strict when it comes to guidelines...But I also enjoyed the little more lienient ways..nothing wrong with a little cheese, a little coffee and even an occaional glass of wine....but everything in moderation.
I generally think that Europeans have healthier eating habits.......and a differnt way of looking at everthing.

Yelli said...

Interesting points but can you cite a study where it says that pregnant women in the US gain more than Germany?

You have to remember that the US has 310 mill people and some regions of the country actually have a lower obesity rate than many countries in the EU!

C said...

I think this is one of those cultural fallacies... my German doctor made sure I knew that I couldn't eat raw cheeses or lunchmeat and said that I could have the occassional glass of wine. She was aghast when I told her I was vegan and literally sat me down to go through my diet to be certain I knew how to take care of myself. Maybe she was just a good doctor and those are few and far between in both countries...

Yelli said...

@C- I am glad to hear that! I think my Doctor is also usually very through but not in this case. Could it be a regional difference in Germany? You are in the south, correct? I find a lot of my experiences are unique to Berlin.

lulusbay said...

I kind of like it, and perhaps the doctor know that everyone else here in Germany will not hesitate to tell you just how to raise your kids/cut your lawn/wash your windows... you name it, they never hold back. I brought my first baby to germany 20 years ago - after Chernobyl... and everyone was tutting because I was breastfeeding...not the done thing at the time.

Kato said...

Ah, Chernobyl, that was fun. We had like 40 pounds of dry milk stacked in the kitchen for my youngest sister born just then.