Food & Pregnancy Myths

Fish

You may have heard that seafood should be completely avoided during pregnancy. Contrary to this, the benefits of eating fish while pregnant actually far outweigh the risks.

Fish is rich in many essential nutrients such as omega-3, vitamin D, choline, iodine, zinc and copper, which are very beneficial for pregnant women, as well as those planning to get pregnant. 

You do need to be careful about how the fish is prepared. Raw fish should be avoided, and you should opt for low-mercury fish such as salmon, freshwater trout, scallops, clams, catfish, flounder or mullet. Guidelines recommend pregnant women to eat fish dishes two to three times per week. 

 

Caffeine

It’s true that excessive caffeine is not good for your baby, but you don’t necessarily need to avoid it altogether. Having too much caffeine could put your baby at risk, so it’s best to stick to under 300mg per day, which is equal to 2 coffees or 4 teas. Also, consuming your tea and coffee between meals rather than with meals will reduce the negative impact tannins and polyphenols can have on iron absorption. 

 

Whole Milk vs Low-Fat Milk

A lot of people wrongly say that whole milk is better for you than low fat milk when you’re
pregnant. In reality, both contain the same amounts of important nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus.

 

Whole milk has more calories and fat, including saturated fat, so it’s actually recommended to use lower fat milk when pregnant. 

 

Cooling foods cause miscarriage

Some people may advise you to avoid ‘cooling’ foods such as papaya, pineapple and citrus fruits during pregnancy. There is actually no evidence to back up claims that eating these types of food can cause you to miscarry. 

 

Eating For Two

One of the most common things people say is that when you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two people! It’s true that you will need to take in more nutrients when pregnant, but you won’t need to consume double the amount of food. 

Eating too much could increase the chances of a high birth weight baby, which can lead to complications for both the baby and the mother. The best thing to do is to focus on eating more healthily.