Pregnancy is both a wonderful time but rather than being allowed to enjoy the miracle of life blooming in your belly, it can feel like you’re constantly being bombarded with warnings about everyday activities you take for granted – things like what you can eat with your eggs, or your Friday night glass of wine. Do you really need to give it all up?
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t tuck into cheese and crackers, but leave the soft smelly cheeses aside and stick to hard varieties like cheddar. The reason is because soft cheeses with white rind (including brie, camembert, chevre) and soft blue cheeses (such as gorgonzola and Roquefort) have a high moisture and low acidity content which can make them susceptible to harmful bacteria like listeriosis. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your smelly cheese completely, just make sure it’s properly cooked and piping hot.
Do you enjoy toast and dippy soldiers on a weekend, or maybe a good fry up with some lovely runny yolk for your fried bread? Salmonella also likes raw and partially cooked eggs which is why you need to stick to hard boiled while you are pregnant. If you can’t do without your homemade chocolate mousse you can buy pasteurised liquid egg whites from the chilled aisle of large supermarkets.
We’ve all had those days when the only thing getting you through the day is the promise of wine o’clock. The medical jury is out on exactly how much harm the odd glass of wine can cause your developing baby so the Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend you avoid it completely. A baby’s liver simply isn’t strong enough to process the alcohol which passes to it through your blood; and in addition to increasing the chance of miscarriage in the first three months, drinking alcohol while pregnant can also contribute to low birth weight, physical abnormalities, and learning difficulties. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Food You Can Eat in Pregnancy
So what can you eat? Lots! Most seafood – including shellfish – is ok to eat as long as it is thoroughly cooked, though you should limit the amount of tuna you consume as it is high in mercury, and keep oily fish such as mackerel, herring, and trout, to two portions a week.
Cooked meat and game are fine, as are pasteurised milk, yoghurt, commercially produced ice cream, and homemade ice-cream made with pasteurised eggs. Coffee, tea, and cola drinks are also ok, but try to keep your daily caffeine intake under 200mg, which is around two cups of instant coffee. Finally, the NHS has given the go ahead to eat peanuts during pregnancy unless you are allergic to them.
The Rose Diaries are all about being positive so we have compiled a list of things that you DON’T need to give up ….
- Sleep – enjoy it while you can.
- Socialising – without the need for a babysitter
- Reading – the peace and quiet of reading a good book
- A warm drink – it maybe a while before you get to drink one that hasn’t gone cold after baby arrives!