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Unmasking Pregnancy Diet Myths

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During pregnancy the most common advice you get from anybody is on what to eat and not eat. While much of this information is true, there are plenty of myths doing the rounds. The bottom line is: eat well and eat intelligently and you’ll have absolutely no reason to worry.

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Unmasking pregnancy diet myths

Pregnant women crave pickles and ice-cream.

Maybe. Particular food cravings may occur, but are not universal. Cravings are very common in pregnancy, especially for foods that provide energy and calcium, such as milk and other dairy products.

Pregnant mothers must eat for two.

False.  Pregnant women do need to eat a little extra – but not twice as much! The main thing is to eat a well-balanced diet from all the food groups, so you get all the right nutrients. It’s only in the second and third trimester where your energy needs will increase slightly.

Pregnant mothers shouldn’t consume fish and fish oil.

False. Fish is an important part of a healthy diet and contains high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Fish is also low in saturated fat. Some fish can contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. The best approach is to eat fish lower in mercury, such as prawns and limit those that contain higher levels of mercury.

Drinking coffee has a negative effect on pregnancy.

False. Coffee in small amounts does not affect your baby, but avoid drinking more than three cups a day (200-300mg or less per day). Very large amounts of caffeine may result in a baby with low birth weight.

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