Pregnancy is a delicate time for a woman. In producing a human life in her womb, a woman’s body must undergo a whole host of changes itself. This guide is designed to help expectant mothers with one of the most common areas of concern; her diet.
A Note on Cravings
Many women experience unusual food cravings during pregnancy. These are often for foods that the woman normally has no interest in, and in some cases, these cravings also include non-food items. You should always discuss cravings with your doctor, just to be on the safe side. In some cases, consuming non-food items will cause no harm to mother or child and it is, therefore, possible that your doctor will advise you to act on these cravings.
Your doctor will be able to tell you in an instant what is and isn’t bad to eat. In the case of non-food cravings, they can advise you on if or how to safely indulge them. You can find more information about what to expect during pregnancy over at Pregmed.org.
Mould-Ripened Soft Cheese?
When pregnant, you should avoid any soft cheeses that have white rinds or are mould-ripened. The most common of these are brie and camembert, but it also encompasses sifted goat cheeses, for example, chèvre. Pregnant women should only eat these cheeses if they have been thoroughly cooked first.
Soft Blue Cheeses
More bad news for cheese lovers I’m afraid! Any cheese with blue in it is a no-go; this includes varieties as delicious as gorgonzola, Danish blue and Roquefort. As with the mould-ripened cheeses, you can give soft blue cheeses to a pregnant woman if they have been cooked properly. It is of course up to the woman in question whether she wishes to take that risk.
Note that the concern with soft blue cheeses is the potential for infection with the listeria virus. Thankfully, the emergence of listeriosis is rare. However, it has the potential to cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Raw and Partially Cooked Eggs
Unless you are familiar with the source of your eggs, you might want to hold off eating them in pregnancy. If the eggs are produced in a certain way and in a certain environment, they are fine. Eggs are great and have a number of health benefits. The problem is, there is no legal obligation for any farmer to adhere to these specific instructions. You should either avoid eggs entirely for the duration of your pregnancy or research which types are still safe and suitable for you to eat.
Meat is fine for expecting women to eat, however, it is even more important than usual that the meat is cooked properly before serving. If you are a fan of a good rare steak, it might be advisable to switch to a medium-done steak while you’re pregnant. In order to avoid the potential for toxoplasmosis, you need to ensure that all the meat you eat is cooked thoroughly prior to serving.
Being pregnant is an incredible journey for any woman, but it is not without its challenges. Handling the cravings and dietary demands of your pregnant body is a challenge that many women don’t realize even exists until it happens. The good news is that with the right preparation and information, you should be able to eat most of the things you love while pregnant.