The Baby Buffet: Foods You CAN Eat While Pregnant
When we’re pregnant, it can feel as though we’re not allowed to breathe without scrutiny. Our bodies stop being our own, and everyone has their opinions on what we should and shouldn’t put into them. Even once baby arrives, those of us who are breastfeeding face even longer lists of what we CAN’T do.
Obviously, these lists are in place for a reason. And, we as mothers are the strongest advocates of following the rules. Going without your favorite food for nine months isn’t going to kill you. But, when your hormones are running riot, it can feel like a rough deal. Don’t you need comforts now more than ever?
The good news is, you might not have to deprive yourself as much as you think. While some things, like alcohol, are forever off the pregnancy to-do list, others aren’t as set in stone as we believe. For proof, we’re going to look at some foods you may have been avoiding which are an option for you after all.
Seafood is one of those things which many pregnant women steer clear of. It seems like one of those things which would be bad for the baby. And, in some cases, that’s exactly right. That said, it’s not for the reasons we think. Many expect bacteria to be the issue here, but it’s mercury which poses a risk to your baby. High levels, found in fish such as cod, tuna, and mackerel, could spell trouble. But, the list of fish you can eat without worry is actually even longer. We’re talking sardine, oysters, and even crabs provided by companies like Citarella . All have their place on the safe list. Obviously, it’s always best to check before you eat, but fish doesn’t have to be a no-go for you anymore.
Caffeine is another of those things which most moms to be avoid. In most cases, that’s a good thing. This is, after all, a stimulant which isn’t exactly best for baby. But, tea may be the ideal way around this issue. Coffee is off the cards for sure. But, the low caffeine content in tea means there’s no reason you can’t indulge within reason. One or two cups a day isn’t going to hurt. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a daily limit of 400mg. The average cup of tea only contains 40. If you want to steer clear altogether, of course, you could always indulge in some of the tasty herbal teas on offer. They’re entirely caffeine free!
The hard cheese
Cheese is another thing which we often believe is off the cards, and this is usually the hardest thing to go without. If you love the cheddar, life without it won’t be the same. In truth, though, the only things which are dangerous are soft cheeses made of unpasteurized milk. Hard cheese is always safe, and even some soft cheese options could be back on your list. Just look for the word pasteurized on the label!