So you are pregnant! Now you must be vomiting and constipating. If not, then you are made of steel (LOL) or might be following a healthy diet (pat on your back!).
Pregnancy is such a sensitive issue and if not handled with care, you may face some serious issues, which can be or cannot be cured. So, it is best to take prevention by following a safe and healthy diet and doing regular consultation with your doctor. Only you can best take care of yourself and your unborn baby. “Pregnancy is beautiful. It is not a disease. It is just your habits and attitude that can make it a happy or worst experience to remember.” So majorly, it’s your choice of food, which decides what experiences you go through during those nine-months.
Pregnancy affects your immune-system; you and your unborn baby are more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause food-borne illness. Even if you don’t feel sick, some “bugs” like Listeria and Toxoplasma can infect your baby and cause serious health problems. Your baby is also sensitive to toxins from the food that you eat, such as mercury in certain kinds of fish.
Unpasteurized dairy products, under-cooked meat and poultry, raw or under-cooked eggs, certain seafood and fish, unpasteurised soft cheese, excess of caffeine, unwashed vegetables and fruits, raw sprouts, alcohol, nuts that cause allergies, unpasteurized juices, herbal teas and supplements, canned foods, sugar-rich foods, nitrate-rich foods, street foods, fatty foods, excess of vitamins and carbohydrates, Licorice or Mulethi, Artificial sweeteners, Leftovers, all are considered bad for your and foetus health and should be avoided in your food plate during pregnancy.
While doing research for this article, I stumbled upon this list that is just bang on for an expectant mother. Keep this checklist handy to help ensure that you and your unborn baby stay healthy and safe.
|Don’t Eat These Foods||Why||What to Do|
|Soft CHEESES made from unpasteurized milk, including Brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, and queso fresco||May contain E. coli or Listeria.||Eat hard cheeses, such as cheddar or Swiss. Or, check the label and make sure that the cheese is made from pasteurized milk.|
|Raw COOKIE DOUGH or CAKE BATTER||May contain Salmonella.||Bake the cookies and cake. Don’t lick the spoon!|
|Certain kinds of FISH, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (golden or white snapper)||Contains high levels of mercury.||Eat up to 12 ounces a week of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury, such as shrimp, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
Limit consumption of albacore tuna to 6 ounces per week.
|Raw or under-cooked FISH (sushi)||May contain parasites or bacteria.||Cook fish to 145° F.|
|Unpasteurized JUICE or cider (including fresh squeezed)||May contain E. coli.||Drink pasteurized juice. Bring unpasteurized juice or cider to a rolling boil and boil for at least 1 minute before drinking.|
|Unpasteurized MILK||May contain bacteria such as Campylobacter,E. coli, Listeria, or Salmonella.||Drink pasteurized milk.|
|SALADS made in a store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, and seafood salad.||May contain Listeria.||Make salads at home, following the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook, and chill.|
|Raw SHELLFISH, such as oysters and clams||May contain Vibrio bacteria.||Cook shellfish to 145° F.|
|Raw or undercooked SPROUTS, such as alfalfa, clover, mung bean, and radish||May contain E. coli or Salmonella.||Cook sprouts thoroughly.|
|Be Careful with These Foods||Why||What to Do|
|Hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry||May contain Listeria.||Even if the label says that the meat is precooked, reheat these meats to steaming hot or 165° F before eating.|
|Eggs and pasteurized egg products||Under-cooked eggs may contain Salmonella.||Cook eggs until yolks are firm. Cook casseroles and other dishes containing eggs or egg products to 160° F.|
|Eggnog||Homemade eggnog may contain uncooked eggs, which may contain Salmonella.||Make eggnog with a pasteurized egg product or buy pasteurized eggnog. When you make eggnog or other egg-fortified beverages, cook to 160°F|
|Fish||May contain parasites or bacteria.||Cook fish to 145° F.|
|Ice cream||Homemade ice cream may contain uncooked eggs, which may contain Salmonella.||Make ice cream with a pasteurized egg product safer by adding the eggs to the amount of liquid called for in the recipe, then heating the mixture thoroughly..|
|Meat: Beef, veal, lamb, and pork (including ground meat)||Under-cooked meat may contain E. coli.||Cook beef, veal, and lamb steaks and roasts to 145° F. Cook pork to 160° F. Cook all ground meats to 160° F.|
|Meat spread or pate||Unpasteurized refrigerated pates or meat spreads may contain Listeria.||Eat canned versions, which are safe.|
|Poultry and stuffing (including ground poultry)||Under-cooked meat may contain bacteria such as Campylobacteror Salmonella.||Cook poultry to 165° F. If the poultry is stuffed, cook the stuffing to 165° F. Better yet, cook the stuffing separately.|
|Smoked seafood||Refrigerated versions are not safe, unless they have been cooked to 165° F.||Eat canned versions, which are safe, or cook to 165° F.|
To facilitate a happy pregnancy, be wise, before popping anything into your mouth.
Happy and safe pregnancy to you! 🙂
Source for the checklist: https://www.foodsafety.gov/risk/pregnant/chklist_pregnancy.html
Also read this: Good fruits and risky fruits during pregnancy.
This blog was originally published here.