Pregnancy is an exciting time for any expectant mother, but it's usually met with a lot of confusion. Suddenly your body is doing all sorts of weird things, and you're being told that eggs are the devil (and we don't mean the yummy canape) and that you have to be ultra-vigilant when eating out. While the majority of us take pregnancy diet advice from our friends and parents, we should take it with a grain of salt. What you hear might be confusing, and not entirely true. Let's clear up some of the myths around what is and isn't safe to eat during pregnancy.
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Eggs. Yes, eggs can certainly be an issue, but only if they're not cooked properly. Raw eggs can carry salmonella, which brings with it all manner of nasties like vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. However, it doesn't mean that you have to scratch them off of the menu completely, just be sure that you're cooking them through properly. Dishes like eggnog and raw cookie dough or cake batter might be delicious, but it's best to leave them until after the baby is born.
Fish. We recently published an article about the benefits of omega-3s during pregnancy, and we all know that oily fish is rich in the stuff. However, some types of fish that are particularly high in methyl-mercury should be passed up. The pollutant can have negative effects on the nervous system of the baby, so give swordfish, shark, and tilefish a miss for now.
Caffeine. Most midwives actively discourage mothers from drinking caffeine, but the official studies are mixed. Some say that caffeine as a whole is bad for the developing baby, while others suggest that it's perfectly safe in moderate amounts. The current guidelines (although all guidelines are subject to change) suggest 200 milligrams per day, which roughly equates to around two cups of coffee, so if you're not ready to cut out your morning kick starter then don't worry, you don't necessarily have to - just be careful about the strength of the tea or coffee you're consuming.
Soft Cheeses. One of the biggest bugbears for pregnant women who love cheese is the longstanding theory that soft cheeses like brie or camembert should be avoided entirely, as they can harbor listeria, which can be fatal to babies. Understandably, a lot of mothers choose not to eat them. While this was hard and firm advice for a long time, the FDA has changed their stance, saying soft cheeses are okay as long as they're made with unpasteurized milk.
Did you ever miss out on some of your favorite foods because of your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments!