Watch your pregnancy diet

By Drum Digital
10 December 2014

Most mothers-to-be will feel a mixture of fear and excitement when they first hear the happy news.

While it's one of the most amazing experiences they will ever have, it's only natural to feel nervous about what to put into your body to ensure the smoothest pregnancy possible.

There are some things everyone knows are off limits: alcohol, cigarettes, undercooked meat and soft cheese are among these. But there are even more steps you can take to avoid harm to your unborn baby.

Homemade ice cream

Pregnancy hormones can make you crave all kinds of weird and wonderful things, but sweet treats remain one of the most common. Should you need an icy sugar hit, stick to store-bought options. Homemade ones often contain raw egg, which could harbour salmonella. Alternatively, make your own with an egg-free or pasteurised-egg recipe. Well, that's one more excuse to buy Ben & Jerry's!

Herbal tea

Pregnant women know to limit their caffeine consumption, while some even cut it out completely. But it pays to be cautious with tea, too. There's not much research about the effect of herbs on a foetus, but generally any tea that has recognisable ingredients listed is safe. Just make sure you also keep an eye out for added caffeine.

Festive feasts

With Christmas around the corner, buffets are likely to be on the menu. Just make sure you bear in mind to avoid cold cured meats, pâté, mould-ripened cheeses (such as brie and camembert) and soft blue cheeses. Luckily not all cheese is banned: soft cheese made from pasteurised milk is fine and includes alternatives such as mozzarella, feta, halloumi, cottage cheese and cream cheese. Smoked fish, including salmon, is generally considered safe, although some advise avoiding it as the smoking process may not be enough to completely rule out traces of bacteria listeria.

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