Saturday, February 16 2013 @ 03:47 PM ICT
Contributed by: news
Pregnant women really bring out the interfering worry-mongers in people. If you so much as lift a ham sandwich or a boiled egg or a tuna salad to your lips, someone is ready to snatch it away, shouting about mercury, salmonella or listeria. What? Sure, you must keep yourself and your baby safe, and that does mean you should avoid some foods, and eat others in moderation. But there's also a lot of misinformation. Therefore I will give you the real down-low on dietary nonsense while you're pregnant.
Food-borne bacteria and parasites are a worry for pregnant women because they (as well as older or sick people and newborns) are most at risk of infection because their immune systems are weakest. However, additionally, infections from bacteria such as salmonella and listeria, and parasites such as toxoplasma, can cross the placenta and harm the foetus too.
To avoid all kinds of bad bugs, make sure all your fruit and vegetables are well washed or peeled before eating them. Raw and undercooked meat is a no-no while you are pregnant, so order your steak well done, and yes, unfortunately this means you should also avoid sushi. Sorry! Steer clear of sprouts completely, as they are harder to wash and may carry germs. Don't eat food past its sell-by date, and keep your fridge, utensils and kitchen counters extra clean while you're pregnant.