You may have heard that pregnant women need to avoid certain foods, but you are curious if there are any exceptions. Your friends tell you that bacon is definitely a no-no, while your doctor says it’s ok as long as it’s not too often. What do you do? In this article we will discuss the common foods which many people worry about eating during pregnancy and provide answers for those who want to know more about what they can eat.
Can I eat horseradish during pregnancy?
Horseradish is safe for pregnant women to consume in moderation. Horseradish stimulates your digestive system, so pregnant women may experience greater than normal heartburn or digestive issues.
When is horseradish dangerous during pregnancy?
Horseradish may cause pregnancy complications if it is consumed in higher quantities. If you are considering using horseradish as part of medicinal treatment, or have a diet that includes more than a teaspoon of horseradish per day, you may be putting your pregnancy at risk.
Read more about wasabi during pregnancy – wasabi is in the same plant family as horseradish.
Can I eat garlic during pregnancy?
Garlic is safe for pregnant women to consume in moderation, but not in medicinal quantities. If you have a sensitive stomach garlic may cause digestive issues like gas and bloating, which are symptoms of pregnancy already.
When is garlic dangerous during pregnancy?
Medicinal quantities of garlic have blood thinning properties, and is considered effective in reducing blood pressure which already is impacted by pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your doctor may perform blood pressure screenings to ensure baby’s health. Pregnant women should avoid consuming medicinal quantities of garlic, so that these screenings are true and effective.
Can I eat cinnamon while pregnant?
Cinnamon is a spice which can be consumed by pregnant women safely. There is no evidence that cinnamon causes any harm to the fetus or poses risks for sensitive groups of people, so it’s safe to consume during pregnancy in moderation (no more than one teaspoon per day).
When is cinnamon dangerous during pregnancy?
Cinnamon is connected to studies showing it is effective for lowering blood sugar levels in people who already are at risk for diabetes. If you’re pregnant and diabetic, make sure to talk about your cinnamon intake with your doctor or dietitian before consuming it as they may recommend reducing the amount of cinnamon you consume or avoiding it altogether.
Can I eat fish during pregnancy?
You can enjoy fish during pregnancy, but you’ll want to avoid high mercury levels by going with smaller varieties of fish or choosing the ones lowest in mercury. These include wild salmon, Atlantic mackerel, some varieties of trout, and sardines. You may also try canned white tuna without added salt as an alternative if you’re craving fish.
When is fish dangerous during pregnancy?
Fish can be dangerous for pregnant women when it comes to mercury levels. High levels of mercury in the body may negatively affect your baby’s brain and nervous system development.
Can I eat tuna during pregnancy?
Tuna should only be consumed in moderation during pregnancy, since tuna can be an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids for pregnant women, providing the key nutrients they need.
When is tuna dangerous during pregnancy?
It’s important to avoid tuna that contains high levels of mercury and chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, or polybrominated diphenylethers. (PBDEs)
Can I eat dates during pregnancy?
You can still enjoy dates during pregnancy, but you’ll want to avoid the ones that are very soft or sweeter than your usual preference. Consider choosing organic dates (or those without added sugar) to consume instead.
When are dates dangerous during pregnancy?
Dates are dangerous for pregnant women when they’re soft and sweet because these may have higher levels of bacteria and pesticides which could be dangerous for your baby, and yourself.
Can I eat ginger during pregnancy?
You can eat ginger during pregnancy in moderation (up to 1 gram per day) Where possible, choose organically-grown or natural ginger instead of the processed variety (which could contain added sugar and preservatives).
When is ginger dangerous during pregnancy?
Research suggests that ginger may increase the risk of bleeding, so it should not be consumed close to labor.
Can I eat sushi during pregnancy?
It is generally advised that pregnant women should avoid eating sushi, unless they have prepared it themselves and are avoiding ingredients that are typically considered risky during pregnancy. (raw fish, cheeses, underprocessed meats etc)
When is sushi dangerous during pregnancy?
Sushi often contains raw fish or shellfish which can be dangerous during pregnancy because they may contain bacteria like listeria and salmonella. Sushi prepared by a restaurant is also typically prepared in advance, so unfortunately it is hard to tell what bacteria may served alongside your meal.
Can I eat bacon while pregnant?
Bacon is safe to eat during pregnancy as long as it is cooked thoroughly. If you’re ordering out, consider taking bacon out of your meal to remove any risk, as you can’t confirm how they have prepared it.
When is bacon dangerous during pregnancy?
Bacon becomes dangerous when it is uncooked as it increases the risk of containing a type of bacteria called listeria. Listeria can cause miscarriages or stillbirth, so pregnant women need to avoid eating any food associated with this bacteria; raw milk, soft cheeses like feta, blue cheese, brie etc., and under-cooked meats, especially chicken.
If you’re craving bacon during pregnancy:
Bacon is a high calorie food which should be eaten in moderation. If you find yourself craving it more than usual, then limit your intake to one or two pieces rather than eating the whole pack!
We hope this article was helpful for anyone who is pregnant and has been wondering about their diet. Pregnancy can be a daunting time, but with a little consideration, you and your baby will be set up for the safest possible journey to birth.