Dos and Don’ts of Eating While Pregnant

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When reading about pregnancy, there are a lot of things you learn about that you can and cannot do. Can I eat tuna fish? Is it okay to use herbal tea? These are just a couple of the hundreds of questions that can come to mind when you’re pregnant. Every year, things can change on this list, and often times, it can leave women confused. To help simplify some of the eating and drinking considerations, here is a list of 10 do’s and don’ts to eating while pregnant.

Dos

Do eat tuna. However, make sure to limit the amount you eat to six ounces per week or less. Also make sure to avoid both albacore tuna and only eat the chunk light canned tuna.

Do eat hard cheese. However, make sure to avoid raw, soft, and/or unpasteurized cheeses. Any cheese made using raw milk should also be avoided.

Do eat hot dogs. Just make sure to thoroughly cook the hot dog to steaming.

Do eat pork. As with all meat, just make sure it is fully cooked prior to consumption. Remember, juices should run clear.

Do enrich your diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean meat (protein).

Don’ts!

Don’t eat sushi, shellfish, or raw fish.

Don’t drink herbal tea. Unfortunately, there are many herbs that are harmful during pregnancy. Due to this, it is best to use either green tea or black tea.

Don’t eat raw or undercooked meat. Always make sure meat is cooked to well-done.

Don’t eat farm raised fish or large, predatory fish (ex. shark, swordfish, mackerel, tilefish, etc.).

Don’t overeat on refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates can include white bread, sweets, white rice, and more.

Eating while you’re pregnant is more than just about what tastes good. It can affect both your health and the health of your baby. If you are unsure whether or not a food or drink is okay to consume, always check with your health care professional prior to consumption. You want what’s best for your baby, and that starts with what you eat.

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