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5 Foods You THOUGHT You Couldn’t Eat While Pregnant

(But You Really Can... & Probably Should!)

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1. Sushi

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If Sushi were SO dangerous for you or your baby, there would basically be no Japanese babies…. ever.  In fact, a lot of women celebrate  finding out that they’re pregnant by EATING SOME SUSHI!  Because Sushi is delicious, and definitely the food of celebration.

People think that Sushi was dangerous because of the possibility of salmonella.  SO, if you’re still paranoid, stick to cooked sushi rolls like California Rolls, or even vegetarian rolls.  But there is NO reason to skip sushi all-together.  DO make sure you go to a reputable and CLEAN sushi restaurant, but DON’T skip that Spicy Tuna Roll just because you’re pregnant.

2. Fish

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First of all, Pregnant women SHOULD eat fish during their pregnancy.  Its SOOOO good for you!  Fish is one of the best ways of getting Omega 3 Fatty Acids into your body.  Fish also has a lot of iron and zinc, things your body and your baby NEED.  So Don’t skip the fish all-together.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say pregnant women can safely eat up to 12 ounces (340 grams) of seafood a week. Similarly, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 to 12 ounces of seafood a week for pregnant women — or about two average meals.  Salmon and Trout are great for you and your baby.

The only thing you should worry about is LIMITING the amount of fish like Tuna and Flounder to 6 oz or less per week.  Most canned tunas are on the lower scale of mercury content though, so don’t worry about that Tuna Salad Sandwich you scarfed down the other day.  You’re all good.

3. Lunch-Meat

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We’ve all heard that you shouldn’t eat cold deli meat, and THEN felt REALLY guilty about stopping by your favorite sandwich shop at lunch because you were craving salami and pickles SOOOO much.

The problem with Deli Meats is the possibility of listeria.  The number of cases in the US is SOOO SMALL you SHOULD NOT BE PARANOID ABOUT IT!  If you ARE still paranoid about it, all you need to do is re-cook the meat till it steams at least.  Make a toasted sandwich while you’re at it and you and your baby will be totally safe…. oooo and you could add a fried egg and some bacon!  Best Sandwich Ever.

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4. Coffee (and other sources of caffeine)

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I’m not saying that you should down 10 cups of coffee every day (or continue doing so if you already do); I am saying that you don’t have to cut it out entirely!  Caffeine is in chocolate!  I don’t drink coffee or many other caffeinated beverages, but if you told me I wasn’t allowed to eat CHOCOLATE for 9 months, I’d probably kill you, then blame it on the pregnancy hormones, and the judge would give me a piece of chocolate so I’d calm down enough to get arraigned.

The AMA recommends no more than 12 oz of coffee per day, but you definitely don’t have to cut it out entirely!

5.  Soft Cheese (Like Feta and Bleu)

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Throughout my first pregnancy, I was craving bleu cheese like a crazy person, BUT the word on the street was that I wasn’t allowed to eat any soft cheeses.  I was SO Sad!

Turns out, Most of the soft cheese in the US are made with Pasteurized milk, so the threat (listeria again) was eradicated even before the cheese was made!  So I totally could have had that awesome looking blue cheese burger.  That spinach salad with the feta on it and the dried cranberries wouldn’t have hurt my baby at all.

So I’m just a little angry with everyone I ever talked to about what I could eat and what I couldn’t.  I thought my diet was so restricted.  It was sad.

Have A Happy Healthy Pregnancy,
Karen Matthews
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2 Comments

  1. Gretchiemamma on July 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    what about Ceasar salad dressing? Is it ok as long as it’s in a jar at the store or is it still a no no?

    • Karen on March 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Hey Sweetie,
      Don’t worry too much about your bottled Caesar dressings (which most restaurants use now unless they’re doing table-side presentation where they actually MAKE the dressing in front of the guests). The issue with Cesar is the raw eggs and the raw anchovies. Bottled cesar commonly omits both of those ingredients because they pose a risk to shelf life.

      Happy pregnancy
      Karen

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