The Rules Around What Pregnant Women Can And Can’t Eat Have Changed!
Health experts have released new rules around what expecting mums can and can’t eat when pregnant, and you won’t believe what’s back on the menu!
The moment I discovered I was pregnant with my first child, I hopped on the net almost immediately and Googled all the things I could and couldn’t eat when pregnant. I even messaged my sister-in-law to see if I could drink tea!
And you know what? I’m not alone.
The moment those two lines appear on a pregnancy test, mums go on the hunt for the list that includes that big scary ‘X’ against sushi, runny eggs, camembert cheese and alcohol. Yep, all the good stuff.
There have been so many reports on how what mum eats can affect the baby – scientists from King’s College in London and the University of Bristol revealed a diet high in fats and sugars could lead to ADHD – but according to health experts, the rules around what a pregnant woman should include in her diet has changed. *Applause*
Runny eggs are back on the menu!
With research showing a foetus can recognize flavours in the amniotic fluid as early as five months, experts are now encouraging mums to expand their diet to include a range of foods and flavours to encourage a ‘good eater’ when bub is ready to wean.
And while cured meats, raw fish, unwashed veggies, and unpasteurized cheeses are still off limits (snore), the Food Standards Agency has revealed British eggs with a “Red Lion” stamp on the carton were now free from potentially harmful bacteria, and could now be eaten soft boiled – something that was previously on the taboo list.
While the advice does come from the UK, Dr Patrick O’Brien, a spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told The Telegraph it is a promising sign for pregnant women, with salmonella being less of a risk.
“It now seems salmonella is far less common, so it’s possible the official advice for pregnant women may change, but I would maybe hold off and keep cooking them through until it does,” he says.
Smoked salmon is back in!
Something you can have with your much-loved runny egg for breakfast is some smoked salmon, something that has also been off limits in the past as well.
Studies have shown oily fish like salmon and mackerel is actually more beneficial than harmful during pregnancy!
According to one recent trial by the University of Southampton, mums who ate salmon regularly while pregnant were less likely to have a child with asthma.
That said, fish high in mercury, such as shark, swordfish and marlin, as well as sushi are still to be avoided, and oily fish are best kept to twice a week.
“We advise avoiding sushi completely. If somewhere along the line the fish has been frozen for at least 24 hours, then the risk is minimal,” Dr O’Brien adds.
Wait! What about alcohol?
When we asked the Kidspot mums what they missed most about what they could and couldn't have when pregnant, it came as no surprise that the evening glass of wine topped the list!
While it is widely recommended that you avoid alcohol during pregnancy, especially with the strong links between alcohol and the risk miscarriage in the first trimester, some health experts reveal having a glass or two in a week is relatively safe.