As a newly expecting mother and dietitian, when I found out I was pregnant the first thing I did was research which foods I could and could not eat while pregnant. Surprisingly, I came across many food items that I didn’t know I needed to avoid. I had many questions flood my mind:
- Why am I not allowed to eat lunchmeat?
- Why do I need to avoid feta cheese?
- I know that fish should be included as a healthy part of my diet, but which types of fish are dangerous to eat while pregnant?
After a bit of research I learned the following:
Avoid raw, undercooked or contaminated foods. Pregnancy puts you at increased risk for food poisoning. To prevent foodborne illness, it is recommended that you completely cook all meat, poultry, eggs and seafood before consuming and thus avoid raw meat, fish and shellfish. In addition, hot dogs and lunchmeats can be a potential source of a serious foodborne illness, known as listeriosis. These foods should be cooked to the proper temperature or avoided completely. Continue reading