A Zifer-baby is on its way!
Ziferblat London’s Mille is pregnant and we’re so looking forward to welcome a new member to the Ziferblat family this summer!
The expectant mother has put together a personal guide on how you can support and take good care of your pregnant colleague or friend:
BISCUITS: ‘Morning sickness’ should be re-named as pregnant women can be nausea and feel sick at all times during the day – most often when their blood sugar is low. The perfect remedy to nausea is eating biscuits and they’re great as an all-day snack. I personally prefer oat biscuits like Nairn’s, which we have a fine selection of at Ziferblat.
NUTS: Nuts are so healthy for both mother and foetus because they are sources of protein – pregnant women need to eat some protein foods every day. And there’s so many delicious choices! No coating though – pregnant women need to go easy on both salt and sugar.
COFFEE: High levels of caffeine can result in babies having a low birth weight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life. Too much caffeine can also cause miscarriage. Which makes working in a place where there’s unlimited high quality and locally roasted coffee really hard… Keep your caffeine intake below 200 mg which equals 1 cup of coffee a day and you’ll be fine.
“Can I have an espresso with an extra bit of water, please!”
Also beware of chocolates (milk as dark), cola, energy drinks and certain teas as they contain caffeine as well.
NAPS: Zzzzzz… It takes a lot of energy to grow a human being and pregnant women gets exhausted easily – even by work on the computer. Give your colleague a break and let her doze into Nemo Land.
GOOD HYGIENE: Pregnant women need to opt their personal hygiene which means washing hands multiple times a day. And since you can’t put anything on their body, most of us go for all natural products. Apparently, the word on the street is that Marseille soap is the absolute best soap out there. Do your pregnant employee a huge favor and invest in natural soap and consider changing cleaning supplies to eco-friendly ones.
FOOD CRAVINGS #1: It’s very common for pregnant women to develop serious food cravings. I crave licorice BIG time! And there is no recommendation to avoid it (yes!). If you want to buy sweets for your pregnant colleague make sure they are made from natural products; look out for ‘gelatin’ = a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones from pig, horse and cow (yep, gelatin is so disgusting…) or any E-numbers.
FOOD CRAVINGS #2: “SAY ‘CHEEEEEESE’ !!!” and see me turn into Homer Simpson within seconds! Together with licorice, my biggest weakness is cheese; any hard cheese; cheddar, parmesan, stilton, manchego… “Gaaarrrrrh…..” But please note: Not all cheeses are safe for pregnant women to eat…
SOFT CHEESE: White rind soft cheese and soft blue cheeses are really bad for pregnant women. This include camembert, brie, mould-ripened goast’s cheese, Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort. The advice to avoid some soft cheeses is because they are less acidic than hard cheeses and contain more moisture, which means they can be an ideal environment for harmful bacteria, such as listeria to grow in. No white rind goat cheese with honey and walnuts on top for me (damn damn damn!).
CIGARET SMOKE: Part of pregnancy develops sensitivity towards smells and some smells make you sick – and I mean literally. For me, it’s cigarette smoke. I can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke anymore. So, love, please point your stinky cancer stick away from my face.
ALCOHOL: This is as obvious as the cigarettes – everyone knows that pregnancy and alcohol is a deadly combination. But no need to be all nazi about, one glass of (organic) wine a week is actually good for you and your baby. Apparently it flush toxins out of your system and help with the foetus mental development… But I suggest you to wait until you had your first and/or second scan. Cheers!
SUGAR: Cakes, candy, bonbons, dessert-like-biscuits… Don’t bring me too much because I need to cut down on sugar – this is one of the most difficult part of pregnancy as well as giving up on my 5 cups of coffee a day. I love fruits and nuts though (wink wink)!