Proper prenatal care requires vigilant attention to the foods you put into your body. Many pregnant women are surprised to find that they can no longer enjoy many of their favorite foods or beverages. Remember, the foods you eat during this time are the building blocks for your unborn child’s development. Smart choices build strong babies!
- Â Never eat raw meat, such as steak tartar, poultry or seafood (especially raw oysters and clams)
- Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs or any food containing them, such as Caesar slalds, mousse, some custards, homemade ice cream and homemade mayonnaise
- Do not drink raw or unpasteurized milk or juices
- Do not eat soft cheeses, such as feta, brie, camembert, bleu or Mexican-style soft white types, such as queso blanco and queso fresco
- Avoid foods from deli counters and thoroughly reheat lunch meats and hot dogs.
- Make sure food is well cooked, with no pink in meat, poultry or seafood. Seafood should flake easily.
- Limit swordfish, shark, king mackerel, tile fish and fresh tuna, which may contain high levels of mercury.
Make sure you drink plenty of water, at least ten 8-ounce glasses a day. Avoid excessive caffeine, as it is a diuretic and can lead to dehydration. It is recommended that you limit your intake of a caffeinated beverage to ½ cup per day. Aspartame (Nutrasweet) has not been shown to be harmful if taken in moderation.
Take these precauutions while also ensuring that you are eating plenty of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and calcium containing dairy. As a rule don’t ever eat till you’re stuffed and never let yourself get ravenously hungry. And last but not least always remeber youre prenatal vitamin!