A woman’s taste preferences change throughout pregnancy and these changes may affect what she chooses to eat. Sometimes, the cravings are for common foods such as chocolate cake or apples, and sometimes there is an urge to eat unusual food combinations or a type of food that you normally do not like.
It is OK to give in to the occasional food craving, as long as you continue to eat a good variety of healthy foods.
If you are craving a lot of unhealthy foods, such as sweets or chocolate, try not to over-indulge. Too much sugar can cause excessive weight gain and dental problems. Here are a couple of foods to avoid during pregnancy;
- Undercooked and Processed Meats
Make sure that all meat is well cooked. Either avoid processed meats such as hot dogs or make sure that they are completely cooked. This is because the risk of food poisoning is higher in pregnant women.
- Raw Eggs
Raw eggs (and foods cooked using raw eggs) may contain salmonella, a harmful bacterium. Some homemade mayonnaises, mousses, salad dressings and sauces contain raw egg, as does raw batter. Eggs may be eaten if properly cooked, all the way through.
- Limit caffeine
Caffeine intake should be limited during pregnancy, as too much caffeine has been linked to low birth weight and even miscarriage. It does not have to be cut out altogether, but intake should be limited to 200mg per day. Remember that some cola fizzy drinks contain caffeine, and check the ingredients so you know how much you are consuming.
Liver, or products containing liver, such as vitamin supplements, has a high vitamin A content. This vitamin does not break down in your body and can build up to levels toxic to your baby.
Alcohol may severely affect your baby’s development. Avoid alcohol if pregnant or even trying to conceive.
To add on to the nutrition, it is important to exercise during pregnancy. Pregnant women who exercise have less back pain, more energy, a better body image, and post-delivery, a faster return to their pre-pregnancy shape. Click HERE for more information of getting Nurtition Consultation at select Goodlife branches.