Being pregnant is the most beautiful yet sensitive process of life. There are many women who faced several issues like miscarriage, issues in birth process or their children were not born healthy. All such issues are usually caused due to not taking healthy diet. A pregnant woman must have healthy diet and her body must contain sufficient quantity of nutrients. There are various myths about what a pregnant woman should and should not eat. Below is a guide line which make you and your baby healthy.
Foods you should avoid
There are various people in your circle even strangers who tell you what to eat and what not to. Every person advices something different than the other which must be very confusing for you. Some foods are fine when you are not pregnant but not good for your health during pregnancy. Here, we are telling you about the foods which a pregnant woman must avoid eating.
This food item must not be taken by a pregnant woman because it contains parasites which induce illness.
There is a wide range of fish which shouldn’t be eaten by a pregnant woman. These fish are tilefish, shark, and swordfish, they contain enough mercury in their flesh. (Since the mercury stores in your body for four years, you would prefer to avoid eating these fish during your childbearing years)
Basically, most of the fish contain a bit of mercury so it’s suggested to take fish in a limited amount. According to FDA, you can have 12 ounces a week which means two meals of fish which contain only mercury traces like catfish, shrimp, salmon, canned light tuna, and Pollack.
Raw eggs may contain salmonella which is a bacterium that causes vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.
Do not drink juices which are not pasteurized, it is a method which kills toxins and bacteria. These days, most of the juices and milk are pasteurized but still there are brands you should take precautions of.
Foods which are acceptable
There are some foods which should not be taken in high amount by a pregnant woman but it is fine to take in small amount.
Talking about caffeine, it is very confusing. According to a study, caffeine may harm fetus while another study shows that if you take it in moderate amounts, it does not cause any harm. Hence, it is suggested to take only 300 milligrams each day which means two to three 8 ounce cups of coffee.
Foods which are nitrate rich
It is fine to take hot dogs (which are properly cooked) and meats like sausage and bacon. These foods contain nitrates which are related to diseases like diabetes and brain tumors. Though, the studies are not finalized yet but it’s better to limit its consumption. Such foods are not good nutritional choices anyway. A question may appear in your mind about diet sodas, they are safe to use for a pregnant woman. Scientifically, sodas don’t cause any harm but sweeten the drinks artificially which does not seem healthy so again, we recommend you moderation.
Foods you should eat
Now, here comes the foods which should be eaten by every pregnant woman. Fill up your pockets with See’s Candies and gather up these foods which are healthy as well as delicious.
Soft cheeses like feta, Gorgonzola, and brie were once considered harmful due to the cause of listeria, an illness which was caused by the listeria bacteria. This bacteria was able to pass to the fetus, ultimately lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery. On the other hand, FDA allows soft chesses to pregnant women if it’s cooked with pasteurized milk. Mostly cheese is pasteurized but it is good not to take any risk, it’s necessary to check the labels.
Fruits and Vegetables
Veggies and fruits should be the mandatory foods in your diet, especially when you are pregnant. Since fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of fibers, it’s the best choice to make for your diet during pregnancy. But you should take some common precautions like wash the lettuce (even if the label says it’s already washed) to reduce chance of E.coli or salmonella. It is suggested not to take the same fruit or vegetable every day, it is better to create a diet which adds different fruits and vegetables for each day.
It is suggested to take at least 3 to 4 servings of dairy products on daily basis like yogurt and milk but make sure these are pasteurized. In this way, you are able to provide your body protein, vitamin D, and calcium. Additionally, pregnant women should take foods which contain iron and folic acid. These nutrients can be achieved by eating meat, beans, nuts, and peas.