Mar 12 2013

Do’s and Don’ts for Pregnancy Eating

pregnant woman eatingBeing pregnant comes with a lot of new stresses on your body, namely a little weight gain but also emotional highs and lows. During your term, cravings and poor eating habits can be one of the culprits for pregnancy stress and cause you to get off track with your health goals. When I was pregnant, I took it as an opportunity to learn more about how my body and the food I eat work together for my health and, more importantly, for my baby’s health.

With all sorts of confusing ideas about what to eat while pregnant, you simply have to avoid some foods, but you can indulge in a few items to make meals and snacks that are safe for you and your baby.

Dangerous Dairy
Raw eggs are something that is smart to avoid whether you are pregnant or not. Eggs can be a common source of food-borne illness. Raw eggs can be tainted with salmonella, bacteria that leads to fever, diarrhea and vomiting. Other dairy products like soft cheese and unpasteurized milk can also contain bacteria that can cause a problems.

Raw or Deli Meats
Uncooked seafood or uncooked or undercooked beef and poultry should not be eaten because of the risk of ingesting bacteria like salmonella. Deli meats should also not be eaten unless you reheat the meat because it could be contaminated with listeria, a dangerous bacteria that can cause a miscarriage. 

Fish Facts
Fish is a very healthy protein to eat while you’re pregnant as long as you do a bit of research before buying and preparing it. Fish with high levels of mercury, like swordfish, king mackerel, and shark for example, are not safe for an expecting mother. Mercury is linked to developmental and brain damage in babies. When it comes to sushi, it’s best to opt out. Some fish used in sushi have high levels of mercury. Canned tuna is a common way to eat tuna that doesn’t have high levels of mercury, but should be eaten in moderation.

So What Can You Eat?
Natural eating is the best way to go as an expecting mother. For my own pregnancy, I chose to eliminate processed foods from my diet to help remove harmful toxins in my body so they wouldn’t be transferred to my baby. Plenty of fresh veggies and protein was my goal to keep my energy up and to take in essential nutrients. “Eating for two” also doesn’t translate literally as some moms may believe. For your first trimester, you should eat as usual until adding about 300 additional calories for the rest of your term.

Always make sure to check with your doctor regarding diet and ingredients.  Don’t be afraid to ask about specific foods—I always asked my doctor about everything, from diaper brands to cord blood banking to swaddling and A LOT about food. It’s always best to lookout for the health and wellness of both you and your baby.

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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