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Nutrition in Pregnancy.

When you’re suddenly responsible for the nutrition of your unborn baby, thinking of what you eat takes on another degree of importance. There are so many myths about what you should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy, but if you’re going to avoid certain foods, it’s good to know why. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do use your instinct, and proceed with caution. Food poisoning is no fun at the best of times, and if you catch it when you are pregnant it will make you more unwell and can affect your baby. If you’re unsure about how fresh any food is, then it’s best to avoid it. Food hygiene is especially important during pregnancy so do be vigilant and wash all fruit, vegetables and salads thoroughly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Food to AVOID: 🦪 Raw Shellfish e.g oysters (food poisoning) 🧀 Blue cheeses (risk of listeria) 🥚 Raw eggs (particularly homemade mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or chocolate mousse) (risk of salmonella) 🥩 Raw meat like steak tartare or rare steak (risk of listeria or toxoplasmosis) 🥛 Unpaaturised milk or cheese including goats milk or goats cheese (risk of toxoplasmosis or TB) 🧈 Pâté (risk of listeria) 🧆 Liver (contains high level of vit A which in rare causes too much can causes congenital abnormalities) 🦈 Shark, marlin or swordfish (high mercury levels can cause harm to your baby’s nervous system). . Food that is surprisingly ok to eat during pregnancy are smoked fish, sushi or any raw fish that has been frozen to -20*C for 24 hours before being used, any hard cheese including hard blue cheese, soft cheese that has been pasteurised or cooked (e.g. baked Camembert), nuts including peanuts UNLESS you are allergic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I suffer with allergies, not specifically to nuts, but I avoid them as nuts can act as a catalyst if you have an underlying allergy so be very cautious. . . 📷 @ nitrupcio

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