I figured it would be interesting, informative and hopefully useful for the non-pregnant ones!
Future moms: here’s what to be aware of. Future dads: you need to be aware too!
Stuff pregnant women shouldn’t do or eat:
1. Changing cat litter. (why?)
2. Eating sushi (why?) Though, an interesting counter-opinion presented here makes one think, but like the author said – logic doesn’t hold up against pregnancy police =)
3. Raw eggs (because of salmonella). It would seem pretty simple to avoid raw eggs, but here’s some stuff that contains raw eggs: tiramisu, souffles, mousses and chilled puddings. So of course now all I want is tiramisu! The egg has to be cooked for at least 7 minutes, so no soft-boiled or poached. Sometimes omelettes and fritatas may not be cooked long enough as well.
4. Caffeine – it is advised to have no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day because it increases risk of miscarriage and complications during birth, I think. So that’s one cup of coffee (though at some places – 2..) and my book said its 2 cups of tea. I drink TONS of tea, so I did some research here, one tea bag is supposed to have up to 47 mg of caffeine, if steeped for 8 minutes. And lose-leaf tea is supposed to have less caffeine than tea bags, so I’m not worried. But I am going to treat myself to a decaf hazelnut latte one of these days!
5. Uncooked meat and fish. Stuff in this category that you may not automatically include: cured hams, smoked/salted fish, caviar and salami!
6. Soft and moldy cheeses, unless they’re cooked with heat for long enough to kill any microorganisms.
7. Deli meats, hot dogs and pate. These can cause listeriosis (NIH says also watch out for raw milk products) You can eat them if they are steaming hot. Mmm, steaming hot deli meats! Liver is also on the bad list because of its high amounts of vitamin A. Now, I personally hate liver, but maybe there’s someone out there?
8. My overly alarming book says to also be careful with salads that you don’t make yourself – everything has to be washed thoroughly. Basically don’t you dare go out to eat anywhere unless its deepfried in front of you…
9. Herbal teas – this one was surprising for me. Especially since chamomile was on the list, as well as lemongrass, raspberry leaves and some others. Pregnancy police says better safe than sorry, and I don’t like chamomile tea anyway. But the scientific reasoning behind it is somewhat wishywashy – basically, there’s no evidence to support either side, so better safe than sorry.
10. Careful with certain aroma therapy oils. If you’re interested in this topic, I can give you my mother-in-law’s phone number and she will tell you all about it.
11. Tanning is not recommended, just don’t even look at the sun!!! And don’t go outside without SPF.
12. Getting too hot, particularly above 102F (like in a sauna or hot tub) is super scary because it could trigger premature labor. Usually your body will tell you you’re getting too hot and you’ll want to get out prior to a critical moment.
That’s enough for now. I’m getting a bit skeptical about all this stuff, if you can’t tell. Especially since the whole story with DHA last week. But this stuff was a surprise for me when I first came across it, so I figured – maybe there’s people out there that don’t know either!