Post # 1
I’m just starting to learn about foods to avoid during pregnancy. What foods have you been told to avoid (and, if you know, please share why they are dangerous)? IF you have good resources on what to avoid eating, please post those also.
Here’s what I know so far:
– avoid coffee (linked to miscarriage)
-avoid alcohol (causes fetal alcohol syndrome)
– avoid sushi (food poisoning can cause miscarriage)
– avoid peanuts/peanutbutter (baby could be allergic to peanuts; peanuts can contain harmful organisms)
– avoid luncheon meants like sliced ham (just heard this, not sure why it’s harmful)
Post # 2
Not sure about the peanuts one. I heard that opinions have changed on that.
Id also add shellfish to that list. You’ve a much higher chance of getting food poisoning with it.
I think it’s more deli meats. Again I think it’s to do with food poisoning. (I’ve had food poisoning from deli meats and from prawns so would definitely avoid both)
I was advised to eat only very fresh eggs and that organic eggs have much more nutrition.
Post # 3
Unless you have peanut allergies, it is fine to eat peanuts/peanut butter. It’s actually a good source of protein!
– No unpasteurized soft cheeses
– Under 200mg of caffeine/day
– No runny eggs
– Limited amounts of light tuna (I believe it’s 2 cans/week). No albacore tuna.
– No raw cookie dough
– Avoid salads/potato salads that have been sitting out, such as salad bars or at picnics.
– No hot dogs
– No undercooked meats
Just want to add that I did not follow these guidelines 100% of the time. Everyone should decide what they are comfortable with and consult their doctor.
Post # 4
No soft serve ice cream. (The machines are rarely cleaned perfectly and can grow a ton of bacteria)
Be careful with fruits, veggies, and salad. Make sure everything is cleaned well.
Post # 5
Avoid melons for Listeria and artificial sweeteners. Be careful of sodas too for the caffeine and the same ingredient as the sweeteners. Google aspartame.
Post # 6
My doctor also told me that any meat you eat should have no pink in it. So no more medium rare steaks (ahhhh!). lunch meat/ hot dogs/ beef etc. all bring the risk of listeria (a bacteria) if they are not properly cooked and pregnant women are more susceptible to it.
Post # 7
Keekers: +1 on aspartamene. I’ve been avoiding that since TTC. Didn’t realise it was such an issue before that.
Post # 8
Other than alcohol and watching fish intake, my doctor told me to live in the real world. He meant I could pretty much eat anything I wanted as long As it came from a reliable source And I truated that it was handled properly. I ate plenty of things on the do not eat list with zero issues. No one tells you not to eat lettuce because of listeria but lunch meat is off limits. It makes no sense! Just make smart choices as you would on any other day.
Post # 9
Best friend is a doctor and she had loads of peanut butter when she was pregnant with her first. She craved it actually. I think current research says peanuts and nuts are fine.
Post # 10
Miss Mochaccino: As PPs have mentioned, opinions have changed on nuts – in fact, the more logical, common-sense opinion is that eating nuts during pregnancy can help PREVENT nut allergies in your baby because they are already exposed to them in utero (it goes along with the recommendation to eat a wide variety of foods throughout pregnancy). I’m eating peanut butter, cashew, pecans, pistachios – whatever strikes my fancy 😉 And they’re rich in protein and iron, so double bonus!
As far as what to avoid, I’m not eating lunch meat, ordering steaks and burgers at least medium well, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and just making sure everything else is clean/from a reputable restaurant (not eating anywhere that would be “iffy” on cleanliness, etc.). You can’t live in a bubble, but it’s a good idea to eat a wide variety of healthy foods and make sure you’re being smart about not taking unnecessary risks for food poisoning.
Post # 11
I really only avoided alcohol (duh, even though I had half a glass of wine on the holidays) and things that are raw (raw sushi, raw eggs). I did limit my caffeine but I didn’t eliminate it. It’s perfectly safe in small amounts. I didn’t eat enough fish normally to cause a problem so it wasn’t a change for me. I never ate soft serve ice cream anyway so, again, no change for me.
After the first trimester I ate plenty of deli meats (cold), medium-cooked steaks, and runny eggs. I had runny eggs practically every weekend (I prefer over-medium). I ate at places I normally ate and did things I normally did.
I’ve actually heard eating peanuts or peanut butter can help reduce risk. I have no allergies in my family so I ate all the peanut butter I wanted.
You can get food poisoning and listeria from practically anything…so avoiding deli meats and hot dogs doesn’t make you safe. So I saw no reason to be afraid of everything. After a couple months, a lot of people don’t follow all the rules 100% of the time.
If you google, there are plenty of lists that have the recommended things for pregnant women.
Post # 12
Also herbal teas are a no no…
but with everything that I have listed… I have broken most of the rules, granted all in moderation:
i eat deli near 1-2 times a week(subway)
i drink a can of soda a day to keep the headaches away
I got the salad bar at ruby Tuesday
I ate hot dogs in the first tri- only like 3 hot dogs(it’s grilling weather, didn’t wanna pass it up)
I drink Tazo passion tea lemonaid every once in a while
Post # 13
I have had turkey hotdogs multiple times throughout my pregnancy. No issue there but some people eat them from the package (ew) and that’s the issue.
I also in my 1st and 2nd tri had an occasional turkey sandwich in heated (hate heated deli meat blehk).
I eat peanut butter every day in my 3rd. It’s a great pick me up with wheat crackers that sustains for a while. I don’t really believe in that study or whatever it is that says you shouldn’t. Most allergies are hereditary in some form.
I get a decaf coffee but that’s because caffiene makes the hormonal palpitations pregnant women are prone to more apparent or frequent so limiting that is good.
I have had more frozen yogurt and soft serve while pregnant than ever before. I was told by I think MsLemonDrop that it’s just best to not use the first part that comes out since it’s likely not cooled to the same temperature while waiting in the spout.
Post # 14
I was told no alocohol, decaf coffee only, to keep caffeine to under 200mg per day, avoid fish with high mercury, and unpasturized cheeses. Otherwise, she told me it was ok.
I have never heard the peanuts thing, If anything, the nurses and dcotors at my clinic said TO eat peanut butter.
Post # 15
Hot dogs aren’t good for you anyway, but as long as they are heated its ok to eat while pregnant. Also, bean sprouts? IDK where I heard this but not unless they are cooked should you eat them.