Pregnant and eating

Pregnant and eating: what is and is not allowed during pregnancy? Normally we eat everything without thinking about it. for example, is it bad for your health or not? We assume that our immune system protects us. But pregnant women think differently about this. Firstly, the immune system is weakened in pregnant women. In addition, certain foods can cause harm to the baby. What about crème fraîche, honey, filet american and other products?

Creme fraiche

Crème fraîche is used to make sauces, with hot dishes or to make cold and sour dishes. It contains 35 percent milk fat and consists of acidified cream. Crème fraîche is not made from raw milk. Listeria bacteria are only found in raw milk. This bacterium can cause damage to the unborn child, resulting in miscarriage or premature birth. Never buy raw milk or milk products from the farmer, no matter how tasty they are. It is better to wait until after the birth.

Filet American

The infamous -or famous- filet americain is raw minced meat. Raw minced meat can be contaminated with toxoplasmosis. This can cause abnormalities, stillbirth or miscarriage. If infected early in pregnancy, the chance that the baby will become infected is approximately 3 percent. A miscarriage then occurs. If infection occurs late in pregnancy, the chance that the baby will be infected is more than 60 percent. The chance of a stillbirth is then much smaller. However, abnormalities often occur, ranging from mild to serious. eye abnormalities are common when infected late in pregnancy. Therefore, it is better to leave raw minced meat alone.

Feta/goat cheese

Feta is not always sheep’s cheese and/or goat’s cheese: ‘cow’s cheese’ is often used for the cheap variant found in the supermarket. This is always indicated on the packaging. As long as this feta is not purchased as a raw version from the farmer, the one from the supermarket is completely safe. Real feta is also safe, as long as it is not made from raw milk.

Mozzarella and brie

All hard cheeses are safe to eat. Hard cheeses do not contain listeria bacteria. Brie and mozzarella are the softer cheeses. Brie made from pasteurized cow’s milk is safe to eat during pregnancy. Always look at the packaging first and do not buy this product from the farmer. Mozzarella is also safe to eat, as long as it is not made from raw milk. If you want to play it safe, buy everything at the well-known supermarket. The cheap variants are always made from pasteurized milk. Raw cheeses are often much more expensive.

Honey

Honey is nice and sweet and a great substitute for granulated sugar. Honey with warm milk is also loved by pregnant women. Before going to sleep, this provides rest and prevents nocturnal calf cramps. Honey is a product made by bees. Honey may be contaminated with spores of the clostridium bacteria. These spores grow into bacteria in children under 1 year of age and cause muscle paralysis. Adults are able to break down these spores in the intestines. The placenta provides sufficient protection against this bacterium. Honey can therefore be safely eaten during pregnancy.

Yogurt

Yogurt is nice and fresh and provides extra vitamin D, which is important for bone production. Yogurt is therefore edible, and safe too. All cartons of yoghurt in the supermarket are made from pasteurized milk. Always keep yogurt cool and not in the refrigerator for longer than three days. Also do not use yogurt that has expired. Old yogurt can contain bacteria that are harmful to the baby.

Cervelate

The cervelate sausage is no longer made as it used to be, when brains were still an important ingredient. Nowadays, cervelate is safe to eat during this pregnancy. However, it is better not to eat too much. It is full of bad fats and contains a lot of salt.

Raw ham and roast beef

We are clear about raw ham, roast beef and other raw meat products: do not eat them during pregnancy. It may contain toxoplasmosis, resulting in miscarriage, stillbirth or abnormalities (mainly eye abnormalities are the most common, see also Filet American). Raw meats may be eaten when sufficiently heated or frozen for 2 days. Then the bacteria are killed and the product is safe. Alternatively, there are many other delicious meats that are safe during pregnancy.

Smoked salmon and raw fish

Fish can contain a lot of mercury and dioxins, which is harmful to the unborn baby. Raw fish also often contains listeria bacteria and the toxoplasma parasite. These cause abnormalities, stillbirths and miscarriages. The following types of fish should therefore not be eaten during pregnancy: smoked salmon, all raw fish, sushi, swordfish, tuna, shark, eel, mackerel, salmon, mussels, oysters and pre-packed fish from the supermarket. Fish is the largest group of foods that contain many harmful parasites, microorganisms or substances. In addition, the woman can also become infected with the herring worm. Play it safe and prefer a fish stick.

Quiche

A quiche is a savory pie. Various ingredients can be added, including crème fraîche and eggs. As discussed earlier, eating crème fraîche is not a problem during pregnancy. The same applies to eggs in a baked quiche. However, an unbaked quiche with raw eggs is not recommended. Raw eggs can contain salmonella bacteria. Pregnant women become ill more quickly and there is a risk of dehydration. Salmonella infection can even be fatal in the event of severe dehydration and kidney failure. Raw eggs also sometimes contain the bacteria listeria.

Coke

Drinking cola is not harmful to the unborn child. However, thanks to cola, calcium is absorbed much less well into the blood. The result is that pregnant women in particular can develop a calcium deficiency, something that may already be present during pregnancy. Diet Coke contains the sweetener aspartame. Women who drink more than one and a half liters of Diet Coke per day may experience health problems. Too much caffeine can cause palpitations. The heart of a pregnant woman already has a harder time.

Cinnamon

We use cinnamon a lot. Cinnamon contains the substance coumarin. This substance may be harmful to the unborn baby, especially during the first three months of pregnancy. Coumarin could also be carcinogenic. However, it has never been demonstrated how harmful the substance is. Coumarin is also used in large quantities as rat poison. This partly indicates that coumarin should not be used during pregnancy, or at least in moderation. We also find cinnamon in gingerbread, apple pie and gingerbread cookies.

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