Wouldn't be at all surprised if moms have heard before about all sorts of foods they just can't eat while they're pregnant. And don't get me wrong, there are definitely a decent number of foods you really shouldn't eat when you're preggers. But hey, there are a bunch of foods that you might have thought you really shouldn't touch that are actually ok for you to dig into.
Ultimately, it's up to you. You can eat or not eat whatever you want. I'm not and never will be pregnant (that whole being male thing), so I'm not about to try and control what you put into your stomach. But I will tell you about a few foods that may not just be ok to eat, but may also be pretty good for you that you may have thought were untouchable during pregnancy.
From ham and milk to coffee and chips, here are 15 different foods and drinks that you can still enjoy while you're pregnant without worrying about really messing with your darling baby boy or girl. So, what are you waiting for? Dig in and see what you're putting on your next shopping list for hubby to pick up!
15 Coffee Might Not Be So Bad
So, here's the thing...if you're used to drinking a pot or more of coffee per day, then you're pretty well f*cked based on what I'm about to tell you. But if you just enjoy a cup or two in the morning, then coffee is just fine for you when you're preggers. If you take in too much caffeine, you'll increase your chance of miscarriage. And take it from someone who is very close to his family, seeing someone go through a miscarriage is not an enjoyable experience at all. But, you're in the clear when it comes to about 200mg of caffeine each day. That's about the equivalent of two cups of instant coffee per day. If you're really into that jacked up indie coffee stuff...you might have to stick to one each day, but you can still enjoy that taste.
14 Say Yes To Ham Sandwiches
Once upon a time it really was a serious thing to keep ham away from pregnant women. At least keeping ham cold cuts away from them was a very serious issue. Why? Because ham often contains a bacteria called listeria. Typically, listeria simply causes a type of food poisoning, but it can cause many other serious issues, especially in pregnant women. I'm not going to get into the nightmares of the past though. I'm going to talk about the present day. The chances of actually ingesting listeria from cold ham cuts are very slim now. Why? Because additives in the food prevent the bacteria from thriving in that environment. And if you are really still concerned about it, then just cook the ham and then use it in whatever you were going to do previously. Cooking ham kills the bacteria, so you've got nothing to worry about.
13 Craving Pickles And Peanut Butter?
No one really knows for sure why pregnant women have such ridiculous cravings. But they definitely do have them so we may as well theorize as to why. Some think that the reason for the cravings is that it serves as a way of introducing the baby to a wide range of food...I kind of think that's bullsh*t. But if it's comforting and helps to lower stress, then that's a step in the right direction. In addition to that, people also think that pickles and peanut butter are often a part of craving because they indicate a low-sodium level in pregnant women. I'm not sure if that's true either, but the salt intake is not going to be killer and may very well be helpful. These foods are also nutritious in their own way. They're affordable too.
12 Spicy Food Can Make You Comfortable
This is probably one of my favourite sorts of foods that pregnant woman can have that they may have thought they needed to avoid. There can be a lot of acid in spicy food, so watch the heartburn, but there's something wonderful scientific with the craving for spicy foods. Often times pregnant women find that they can't seem to cool their bodies at all. Well, the craving for spicy foods is actually the body looking for a way to cool itself. When you eat something spicy enough, you sweat. Sweating is the body's way of cooling itself. So, if you're pregnant, are constantly overheated, and are craving spicy foods...go for it! They will help you to cool down and get a little comfortable in that expanding skin of yours. The more comfortable you are, the more easier the pregnancy will go. That's good for both of you!
11 A Handful Of Potato Chips? Why Not!
Come on now. Potato chips are technically part of a vegetable diet, so they must be good, right? Don't worry, that's not actually my argument. There are many good arguments against eating chips during pregnancy, but those arguments are mainly the same ones that you could use for people who aren't pregnant. It's not like anyone should think that chips are good for you. Anyone who thinks chips are really healthy is pretty stupid. I say that with no apology to anyone who actually thinks chips are healthy. Aside from that though, calorie-dense foods are actually good to take in when pregnant. Now, there are better calorie-dense foods out there to have, but it's good to know that you can have some chips still every once in a while. Just, like anything else, don't overdo it.
10 Milk Can Be Beneficial For The Baby
Alright, before we get into why people think that milk might not be a good idea during pregnancy, I have to tell you why it's really a good thing. It's a good source of calcium (which everyone should know at least). It's also a good source of vitamin D. And in addition to the vitamins and minerals, the fat from the milk helps in the production of a bigger, healthier baby. Now, yes, I realize that we were not originally made to drink milk from any source other than our mothers, but we now have the added benefit of science to help in the creation of healthier children. Obviously, if you're lactose intolerant...then don't listen to a thing I've said here and go find another way to get your vitamins, minerals, and fats.
9 When Life Gives You Lemons
Alright, let's be fair here. If you've already got heartburn or some kind of gut issues, then it's not going to be very smart of you to chomp down on something as acidic as a lemon. But, that being said, it supplies you with healthy vitamins and has been mentioned a couple of times with regards to helping with morning sickness (though there's no hard proof on that one). But hey, squeezing this on your cooked fish (now bacteria free) or into a glass of water will give you a nice supply of calcium, thiamin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, manganese, panthothenic acid, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, and vitamin C. I don't know about you, but a few squeezes of lemon seems like a pretty good way to stay healthy. Just don't add that acid if you already have acid issues.
8 Chocolate Can Lower Stress
I've known quite a few people who happen to think that chocolate is actually bad for you when you're pregnant. Their justification is that chocolate is a junk food and all junk food is bad for pregnant people. Well, you'll be happy to know that that's not entirely true! While chocolate isn't the healthiest food you could eat while pregnant, it has been shown to lower stress levels in pregnant women. It's likely more because of it being a comfort food more than it actually being healthy, but anything that saves a soon-to-be mother stress helps her baby's health as well as her own. Also, if you like dark chocolate, it may aid in keeping unnecessary pounds down and in lowering your cholesterol! So hey, make sure you grab some chocolate on your way home today.
7 You Don't Have To Say No To Meat
A lot of people get up in arms about pregnant women having red meat...why? Because of fat, bacteria, cholesterol...take your pick. There are a million different reasons why people are against pregnant ladies eating red meat. But they don't need to be against it. Pregnant women need both protein and iron. Did you want to know a couple of things that you can definitely find in red meat? that's right, you guessed it! Protein and iron! And what better to get that than having some delicious chunks of red meat? all you have to worry about is staying away from the fattier cuts. Lean meat is better...but that's the same case for people who aren't pregnant. So...ultimately choosing your cuts of red meat whether you're preggers or not should still be based on that.
6 Soda Can Help With Morning Sickness
I promise, though it may look otherwise, this woman is drinking ginger ale, and not beer. Either way, I bet you didn't think it would actually beneficial to drink soda pop while pregnant. And that being said, it's not something you should just be chugging back, and you should try and avoid colas and darker pop. The reasoning for soda is because of morning sickness. As it happens, carbonated beverages can help settle the stomach and thereby help ease the severity of morning sickness. Lighter sodas like ginger ale and Sprite are the best for doing this because of their lack of caffeine but their beneficial carbonation used to settle the stomach. So, you may not be able to pour any rye in that ginger ale, but at least you can still have one part of that drink!
5 Ice, Ice Baby
There are a lot of prospective moms out there who crave some strange things. Many people claim that having a craving for eating ice is suggestive that they might have Pica which i typically the craving of non-food substances with obviously little or no nutritional value. And hey, that's not the greatest thing to have, but ice is at least keeping you hydrated. The craving of ice may actually do more than just hydrate you. It may also point out that you have a mineral deficiency...or perhaps could be the reason for an iron deficiency. Obviously, you need to make sure that you're still maintaining a healthy diet, but if your way of taking in water is simply chomping on ice, then it's a lot healthier to do that than to munch on barbed wire.
4 It's Okay To Season Food
Now, this isn't to say that you should be dumping salt on every piece of food you have. Nor, as may be suggested by the photo does it mean that you should be having french fries and showering them with salt. But here's a pretty good reason for having salt when pregnant...it turns out that in pregnancy, there is an increase of blood volume in the body. Why? Well, because there's a second person growing inside the prospective mother! Because of this, sodium levels can easily change. Now, to get that boost of sodium back into your pregnant body, don't just go and get some garbage processed salty foods. Just use the alt from the shaker...and don't overdo it on that either. But you definitely don't have to eat unseasoned food!
3 Ever Try Herring?
Pay no attention to the fact that the above photo is Hillary Clinton eating herring. Just think about the herring itself. I don't know how many of you even bothered to consider whether or not you could eat herring. But I do know there are quite a few people who think that fish of any kind is bad for pregnant ladies. Well, that's a lie. Salmon is really good for you (so long as you cook it to kill the listeria)! But we're talking about herring (and no, not a red one). With herring, as with many other meats, you simply have to worry about killing off the bacteria in it waiting to harm you and/or your baby. So, pickled herring is perfectly fine because the brine kills the bacteria. All you have to watch out for is the salt content (though you might discover that you need a decent amount of salt in your diet for a healthy pregnancy).
2 Vinegar Can Be A Win-Win
As with all acid foods and foodstuffs, if you're experiencing heartburn...don't have anything acidic! That being said, there are an awful lot of pregnant women who experience some sort of vinegar craving. It might start as a craving for pickles or salt'n'vinegar chips (which could be because of sodium levels) but if they start digging into the vinegar itself, then the craving is pretty clear. The best vinegar to use in this case is unfiltered apple cider vinegar. If you mix it with soda water or seltzer, you may find a very refreshing drink that both fixes a craving and settles the stomach when it comes to morning sickness. This just sounds like a win-win to me. So, when next someone tells you that there's a food that you really shouldn't have, make sure that you research and make sure you can't find a tasty way to have it.
Now, be totally honest with me right now...how many of you future moms have actually even thought about consuming molasses in the first place. This is the thing. Molasses is probably not even a food that people thought was bad for you in pregnancy because most people probably didn't even think of it to begin with! But that's too bad because Molasses is a good source of magnesium, manganese and vitamin B6. It's a pretty delicious sweetener. It works really well with oatmeal, yogurt, breads, baked goods, and even barbecue sauce for chicken or pork (just make sure you cook those last two well so you avoid any parasites or bad bacteria). So, it might not have been thought of at all by anyone here, but it's definitely a tasty and healthy addition to your baby bump diet.