Soon after finding out they are pregnant, many women themselves wondering about what they can eat. Suddenly, many foods fall into the ‘do not eat’ list. Food safety is at the top of the list of important things to do because a woman’s immune system is compromised during pregnancy. At Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates, we offer nutrition services to make sure your body and your child have the right nutrients to be healthy and strong throughout every trimester.
Depending on the type and severity of foodborne illness, poor food safety can lead to miscarriage, preterm delivery, death, or other health problems in newborn babies. The good news is we know that avoiding undercooked, unpasteurized, raw foods as well as premade deli meats and products can significantly reduce an expectant mother’s exposure to foodborne pathogens. Food safety also pertains to limiting exposure to heavy metals like mercury in fish, which has been linked to developmental delays in children.
Below are two infographics to help you navigate what foods to avoid or limit in pregnancy.
Christina McGeough is a Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator with expertise in prenatal nutrition and a passion for helping women remain healthy and low-risk throughout their pregnancy so they can enjoy everything it has to offer. During an appointment at our New York office, we can help you get the best out of your diet and navigate the best choices for you and your child. Give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.
Maternal Fetal Medicine blogs are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace certified professional care. Medical conditions vary and change frequently. Please ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your condition to receive a proper diagnosis or risk analysis. Thank you!