A Food Guide for Pregnant Women

Forget all the rumors and get clarified about what kind of foods are healthy for pregnant women and those to steer clear of.

a. Red Light Foods

There are a few things that might stress you out as a pregnant woman, but eating shouldn’t be one of them. All the advice from family, friends and even strangers about what’s good and not good to eat, during pregnancy is enough to confuse anyone. So, if you’re wondering what’s okay to eat and whether you should stop eating your favorite foods for nine months, check out our page.

1. Foods to avoid

Why shouldn’t you eat some foods while you’re pregnant, but can when you’re not? You are made vulnerable to food-borne illnesses due to changes to your immune system. What would have  meant stomach upset before could mean serious complications now – from dehydration to miscarriage.

Avoid the common culprits of food-borne illness to be safe.

2. Eggs

Watch out for restaurant-made Caesar salad dressing, raw cookie dough, and soft scrambled or sunny-side up eggs. Any dish which the eggs are not cooked properly.

3. Unpasteurized Juice

Any juice sold at farm stands may not have undergone pasteurization, a processing method that kills toxins and bacteria, stay away from it. Read the labels on bottles, though the majority of juices and milk are pasteurized, there are still some brands on shelves that aren’t.

4. Some varieties of fish

Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish is a great meal right now, it helps baby brains develop. There are some varieties that should be shunned due to high levels of methyl-mercury a pollutant that can affect the nervous system of a baby.These include shark, tile-fish and swordfish. All bid species that live longer accumulating more mercury in their flesh. You should avoid this types of fish during your childbearing periods because your body stores mercury for up to four years. It is also smart to go easy on cured meats such as bacon, sausage and hot dogs which should always be eaten cooked.

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b. Green-light foods

Here are some foods you might have thought were forbidden but aren’t.

1. Soft cheeses

Because they can harbor listeria, soft cheeses such as gorgonzola, brie, and feta were once considered potentially harmful. Miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery is caused when listeriotisis, an illness caused when listeria is passed to the fetus. However, as long it’s made with pasteurized milk, soft cheese can be eaten during pregnancy.

2. Fresh produce

During pregnancy fruits and veggies should be a staple in your diet, because they’re high in vitamin and fiber. But take a few precautions, rewash bagged lettuce, to wash away any possible traces of salmonella, even if it says triple-washed on the label. In fact, you should wash the outside of all fruits and vegetables – even if you’re not going to eat the skin.

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