t’s finally here: two thick stripes on your pregnancy test. A true miracle is currently developing in your stomach! Of course you want to create the best conditions, so that the baby can grow safely before it is ready for the big world. Fortunately, as a pregnant woman you can do almost everything you did before. Yet it is always puzzling for many pregnant ladies what they should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy. Read on quickly about what you can do better now.
Which food is better to avoid?
Be careful with what you eat, especially during dinner. Raw foods are strongly discouraged during pregnancy: think carpaccio, non-piercing pork tenderloin or steak and tartare. Raw foods (or medium rare) are a breeding ground for bacteria. When you eat raw meat, you are more at risk of infection from the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. If you are not pregnant you may feel uncomfortable for a while, but the symptoms disappear after a few weeks. During pregnancy, however, it is a very different story. At the beginning of your pregnancy, all organs and limbs of the baby are constructed. Contamination of this parasite can cause the unborn child to die. In a later stage of pregnancy, it causes serious abnormalities of the brain and / or eyes.
Do you also like a sandwich with liver liver sausage or pate? Unfortunately you should also take this as little as possible. The liver contains a lot of vitamin A, which can increase the risk of birth defects. It is advisable to really only eat a sandwich once every two weeks so as not to be at risk.
Raw fish and shellfish
Raw fish and shellfish should not be eaten during pregnancy. Just like predatory fish and vacuum-packed fish from the supermarket. Raw fish can contain the nasty bacteria Listeria. Many (unheated) fish species also contain a large number of harmful substances. Getting too much in here can be bad for the baby.
Dairy and eggs
And last but not least: dairy and eggs. We must unfortunately disappoint you if you like a delicious soft-boiled egg or fried egg with running yolk. It is better not to eat homemade baking with raw eggs. You should also be careful with cheeses made from ‘raw milk’. This may contain bacteria that are harmful to your baby. You can recognize these products by ‘au lait cru’ on the label.
Above all, the most important thing is natural healthy living: leave the cigarettes for what they are and don’t drink alcohol for the next 9 months. Keep moving as well as possible and eat a varied and healthy diet. Those 9 months really pass!