Pregnant in Paris
I am headed to Paris for a little vacation and am 4 months pregnant! I don't speak French, and I am wondering if any of the local Chowhounders would help me with a few phrases - whatever is necessary to get by. I am looking things up online, using a translation website -but those tend to butcher things.
For example, I know I need to stay away from cheese made from unpasteurized milk. How do I politely inquire about that? Or do you think this will be a complete waste of time and I should just avoid soft cheese all together?
How can I politely tell my waiter that I'm pregnant, and alert them that I can't eat raw seafood or meat?
There are a few things to look out for. In addition to cheeses made from unpasteurized milk (which my cheesemonger insists is a crock since HIS mother ate raw milk cheese throughout her pregnancy and he's as healthy as a bull) and wine you probably want to watch out for salads and other foods with raw egg. They say you also should stay away from kidneys and some of the organ meats. And steak tartare.
Toxoplasmosis- the reason they tell pregnant women to stay away from the litter box in the US- is prevalent in French soil. The bug can be found in unwashed raw veggies that grow on the ground- lettuces and herbs. You don't have to worry about cooked veggies, tomatoes, or things you know have been washed.
Je suis enceinte (je swees ahn sent) = I am pregnant
Pas de lait cru (crew) = no raw milk
Fromages pasteurise (pasture eezay) = pasteurized cheeses
The cheeses in a grocery store will be very clearly marked and in a fromagerie or market the sellers will know right away which ones are which. No need to deprive yourself!