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    Default Food police while pregnant

    I went out for lunch with some friends today and ordered a steak, cooked medium.

    I'm 30 weeks pregnant.

    The waiter returned a few moments later and said the chef advised I have my steak well done due to my pregnancy.

    I found this really bizarre and was surprised that the chef considered it his business. My friends thought it was just being considerate/helpful.

    What do you ladies reckon?

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    The chef needs to mind his own business! sheesh At medium, the heat would have killed any germs anyway.

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    I probably would have liked the attention lol. What I didnt like when pregnant was my 4 kids telling me off for drinking diet coke. Its my 1 vice:/

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    Also whoever heard of a chef willingly cooking a steak well done! Sacrilege!

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    I think it was quite a nice thing for him to do, I wouldn't have an issue at all and would probably just say 'thank you, but I like it medium' and forgotten about it.

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    Maybe he was worried you would sue him if you fell Ill and lost bub? (current recommendations being to only eat well cooked meat...)

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    I had something similar when pg - ordered a steak sandwich and they came out to tell me that the mayo or aioli or something in it had raw egg and could they serve it to me with ketchup instead?

    I thought it was quite considerate of them and thought it was good customer service to bother mentioning it.

    Like MummaOJ says, if you don't mind then you just tell them 'thanks but I'll stick to my original order'

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    I think he was just trying to be helpful/considerate (unless the waiter of chef was rude or condescending in the way they said it?). He probably sees it as his job to make sure everyone gets good quality & safe food so was making sure you were given the option. It's amazing how many pregnant women I have known over the last few years who have no idea what's safe and what's considered not to be safe.

    I went to a restaurant recently with a group of friends and the chef noticed I was pregnant when we arrived so he made sure my food was cooked a little more and served separately (it was a middle eastern place with lots of share plates). I appreciated his consideration, I thought it was really nice!

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    I would say they are protecting their public liability which is a bit extreme really. We don't live in America.

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    Just curious, which did you end up ordering?
    I certainly would have been surprised, it's not something you would expect a chef to do, but I guess he (or she) thought they were doing the right thing.

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