Pregnancy Eats and Eat Nots

Pregnant? Pregnant and craving food? The list of food you may and may not eat is becoming exhausting to memorize right? You want your old diet back, but unfortunately have to cut back on some items to maintain the baby’s health. Anything for that little bun in the oven!

Now instead of maintaining lists of food you need to keep hidden away deep inside the closet, I made it quite simple for you. Here’s a list of what you should and should not eat during those nine months.ultrasound baby

Let’s start with the list of nots, so when we get to the list of eats, you’ll have something to look forward to.

  1. If you or your husband have food allergies against specific food, you should avoid eating those during pregnancy.
  2. Avoid raw or undercooked food coming from animals. These include but are not limited to, sushi and raw cookie or cake dough.
  3. Hot dogs, unpasteurized milk, and luncheon meats should also be avoided during pregnancy. Since these foods are prone to Listeria monocytogenes, they may result in miscarriage, stillbirth, and other health problems.
  4. Raw vegetable sprouts. These foods are advised to avoid even when not pregnant. Bacteria that enters these are very hard to wash out.
  5. Drinks: alcoholic beverages rob the developing cell from oxygen and nutrients. Unpasteurized juices are also a no-go during pregnancy. Any drink containing lead, which may result in low birth weight, preterm delivery, and developmental delays. Caffeine should be limited since caffeinated drinks may increase the risk of miscarriage.

Now on to the fun part! You need to remember you are pregnant. Now is not the time to go on a diet! But at the same time, just because you’re eating for two, does not mean you need to double your food intake. Excess calories are not good for you or the baby. It can threaten your health, as well as increase the risk of childhood obesity in your baby. However, it is ok to have a yummy snack every now and then. Treat yourself to cookies, chocolate, and delicious candy! But also be sure to fill your diet with the must eats during pregnancy!

  1. Dairy food. These include milk, cheese, and yoghurt, which are a good source of calcium. The healthiest options are varieties that are low in fat and sugar. 
  2. Have fish low in mercury two times per week. Include at least one, but no more than two portions of oily fish such as mackerel or sardines. 
  3. You should maintain a daily intake of seven portions of fruits and vegetables. Focus more on the vegetables than the fruits. 
  4. Starchy food is always good. For example, pasta, quinoa, brown rice, and oatmeal cereal.
  5. Foods rich in protein. These include lean meat and chicken, fish, eggs and pulses (such as beans and lentils). 

Why not avoid the hassle of having to remember everything you should and shouldn’t add to your meal? Let our private chefs do the cooking. They know all the requirements to keep you and your baby healthy and happy after a good meal!