During pregnancy there are question marks over what foods are safe and foods that aren't. It can be confusing and very daunting- so here is a list of what you should be concerned about and how to avoid it. Do. Not. Panic.
Contaminants eg mercury
Shark, Marlin and sword fish
Limit your tuna steak intakes to two a week, tuna cans to 4 a week. Eat oily fish eg salmon, mackerel, sardines but no more than twice a week.
Raw shellfish, under-cooked meats and chicken, raw and partially cooked eggs and make sure to avoid homemade mayo, mousses and ice-cream.
Make sure, as I am positive most of you do, to always wash your hands after touching raw meats and poultry
As mentioned in a previous blog avoid multi-vits containing vitamin A. Fish liver oils containing more than 750 mg and also liver and liver products- pate and faggots etc.
Blue veined cheeses, soft ripened cheeses such as brie, Camembert and goats cheeses.
Make sure ready meals (although, try to avoid these anyway, get some healthy homemade stuff in you!) are heated properly, chilled foods to be stored at below 5 degrees. Also, foods should be eaten by their 'use by'date.
Another question mark - caffeine.
If you can avoid it as much as possible. Have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day, that's roughly two mugs of coffee and three cups of tea. Be careful of the sneaky crafty fizzy drinks too eg cola and energy.
Happy Eating and be wise.
Nurture Antenatal x