Safe Food During Pregnancy

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy When you're pregnant, stay away from the following foods: [*]Unpasteurized milk and foods manufactured with unpasteurized milk (soft cheeses such as feta, queso Blanco and fresco, Camembert, brie, and blue-veined cheeses, unless labelled "made with pasteurised milk" [*]Meats for lunchtime and hot dogs (unless they are heated until steaming hot before serving) [*]Seafood, eggs, and meat that is raw or undercooked. Sushi produced with raw fish should be avoided (cooked sushi is safe). [*]Refrigerated pâté and meat spreads [*]Refrigerated smoked seafood Guidelines for Safe Food Handling When handling and cooking food, remember to follow these general food safety guidelines: [*]Wash. [/b]Before eating, cutting, or cooking, thoroughly rinse all raw vegetables under running tap water. [*][b]Clean. [/b]After handling and preparing raw meals, wash your hands, knives, surfaces, and cutting boards. [*][b]Cook. [/b]Cook beef, pig, or poultry until the internal temperature reaches a safe level, as measured by a food thermometer. [*][b]Chill. [/b]All perishable food should be refrigerated as soon as possible. [b]Prenatal Vitamin and Mineral Supplements To ensure that all of your nutritional needs are satisfied, most health care doctors or midwives will prescribe a prenatal vitamin before or shortly after conception. A prenatal supplement, on the other hand, is not a substitute for a balanced diet. The Importance of Folic Acid All women of reproductive age should take 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid each day, according to the US Public Health Service. Folic acid is a vitamin present in the following foods: [*]Vegetables with green leaves [*]Berries, nuts, legumes, citrus fruits, and fortified breakfast cereals are all good sources of iron. [*]Vitamin supplements are available. Folic acid can help minimise the chance of neural tube abnormalities, which are the brain and spinal cord birth disorders. Neural tube abnormalities can cause paralysis, incontinence, and intellectual incapacity in varying degrees. The best time to take folic acid is during the first 28 days following conception when the majority of neural tube abnormalities occur. Unfortunately, you may not discover you're pregnant until you've been pregnant for 28 days. As a result, you should start taking folic acid before you get pregnant and keep it up throughout your pregnancy. Your health care physician or midwife will advise you on the amount of folic acid you should take to satisfy your specific needs. Anti-epileptic drug users, for example, may need to take larger folic acid doses to avoid neural tube abnormalities. When it comes to trying to conceive, they should talk to their doctor first. Author: Bump2Baby Scan Barkby House, 99 Barkby Road, Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom LE4 9LG

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