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Safer Eating In Pregnancy
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Posted 21 April 2016 - 06:46 PM
thank you so much to share this list with us.
It is very helpful to me.
Posted 07 August 2016 - 03:07 PM
I don't know if this thread is still active...I'm TTC...but one thing that is on my mind is what to take to work as lunch while pregnant...or what to buy while at work to consume...
Anyone willing to share what they ate at work?
Posted 07 August 2016 - 03:34 PM
Left overs from dinner usually. You can make your own salads and sandwiches. So long as you store and heat things well there isn't too much of an issue with things brought from home.
Also lots of snacks. I'm nearing the end of my first trimester and need lots of things handy as with the morning sickness its hard to know what I can stomach.
Posted 07 August 2016 - 04:40 PM
My pregnancy go to lunch meals at work have been:
- salad with tinned beans & tuna (bought week's supplies & took in to work to assemble in work kitchen
- homemade frozen soups defrosted in work microwave
- toasted sandwich (bring in supermarket supplies such as bread, cheese & melt in work's breville)
- carefully selected takeaway options that are high turnover & cooked to order
- my midwife also said bbq chicken is ok from Coles or woollies if recently cooked. The woollies near my work only does chooks at 11am & 4pm so didn't work with my lunch hour timing but might work for you!
Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:12 PM
The information contained within this post is taken from the NSW Food Authority Website. These are not recommendations written by EB and any choices you make in regard to food consumption are your own. This is only here to help as a guide line. Should you require more information, speak to your health care provider. You can view the full PDF file HERE or look at the NSW Food Authority Website.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a type of bacteria found in some foods which causes a serious infection called listeriosis. It can take up to six weeks for the flu-like symptoms to occur and if transmitted to your unborn baby can lead to miscarriage, infection of your newborn and stillbirth. The best way to avoid this is through hygienic preparation, storing and handling of food. Ideally, you should eat only freshly cooked food and well-washed, (freshly prepared) fruit and vegetables. Leftovers can be eaten if they are refrigerated promptly and
kept no longer than a day.
These mostly chilled, ready to eat foods should be avoided altogether:
• Soft and semi-soft cheese (OK if cooked)
• Cold cooked chicken
• Cold processed meats
• Prepared salads
• Raw seafood
• Soft serve ice-cream
• Unpasteurised dairy products
Salmonella can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, fever and headache. Pregnant women are not at an increased risk of contracting salmonellosis, but in rare cases it may trigger miscarriage.
So it’s advisable to avoid foods that contain raw egg and always cook meat, chicken and eggs thoroughly.
In addition, the NSW Food Authority recommends that pregnant women do not eat any type of sprout (including alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts, snowpea sprouts, mung beans and soybeans) either raw or lightly cooked.
Other food risks
Toxoplasmosis while uncommon in pregnant women can occur if you eat the garden. It is particularly important to avoid toxoplasmosis during pregnancy undercooked meats, or unwashed fruit and vegetables (particularly from gardens with household cats). Most commonly, however, infection is caused by touching cat and dog faeces when cleaning the kitty litter tray or contaminated soil in because it can lead to brain damage or blindness in your unborn child.
Tips for avoiding toxoplasmosis:
• Don’t eat undercooked or raw meat
• Don’t drink unpasteurised goat’s milk
• Don’t handle cat litter
• When gardening wear gloves
• Always wash your hands after
Mercury in fish
Fish are rich in protein and minerals, low in saturated fat, and contain Omega 3 Although it’s really important to eat fish during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you need to be careful about which fish you choose. That’s because some fish may contain mercury levels that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are important for the development of the central nervous system in babies, before and after they are born.
The following table will help you safely include fish as an important part of a balanced diet.
Eat 2-3 serves per week of small fish. Fish should be small enough to fit on a plate.
Examples: Mackerel, Silver Warehou, Bream, Snapper, Trevally, Whiting, Flathead,
Kingfish, canned Tuna & Salmon, Herrings, Sardines, shellfish, Lobster, Octopus
1 serve per fortnight of Shark (Flake) or Billfish (Broadbill, Swordfish and Marlin)
and no other fish that fortnight
1 serve per week of Catfish or Orange Roughy (Deep Sea Perch)
and no other fish that week
Also watch out for…
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth
or your baby could be born with foetal alcohol syndrome (slow growth before and
after birth, and mental disabilities). As it is not known whether there is a safe level of
drinking during pregnancy the National Health and Medical Research Council advises
women that it is best not to drink during pregnancy.
Small amounts of caffeine are safe during pregnancy but excessive volumes may increase
the risk of miscarriage and premature birth. Caffeine is in coffee, tea, chocolate and
cola (and some other soft drinks). NSW Health recommends that pregnant women limit
themselves to 200mg of caffeine daily. That is 2 cups of ground coffee or 2 1/2 cups
instant coffee, 4 cups medium-strength tea, 4 cups cocoa/hot chocolate or 6 cups of cola.
Smoking is dangerous for your baby. Smoking increases the risk of premature birth,
low birth weight, respiratory problems and SIDS. There is no safe level of smoking.
For help to quit smoking call the Quitline on 131848.
Safer Eating In Pregnancy
Red = Don't Eat
Orange = Eat with caution
Green = OK
Meat, Poultry and Seafood
Processed Meats - Ham, salami, luncheon, chicken meat etc. - Do not eat unless fully cooked.
Raw meat - Any raw meat, raw chicken or other poultry, beef, pork etc. - Don’t eat
Poultry - Cold chicken or turkey e.g. used in sandwich bars - Don’t eat
Hot take-away chicken - Purchase freshly cooked, use immediately, store leftovers in fridge and use within a day of cooking
Home cooked Chicken - Ensure chicken is cooked thoroughly, use immediately �" store any leftovers in fridge and use within a day of cooking.
Paté- Refrigerated paté or meat spreads - Don’t eat
Seafood - Raw seafood Don’t eat
Ready-to-eat chilled peeled prawns - Don’t eat
Cooked fish and seafood - Cook until steaming hot, eat while hot, store leftovers in the fridge and use within a day of cooking
Sushi Store-bought - Don’t eat
Home-made - Don’t use raw meat or seafood, eat immediately
Cooked meats - Beef, pork, chicken, mince - Cook thoroughly, eat while hot
Dairy and Eggs
Cheese Soft and semi-soft cheese - brie, camembert, ricotta, fetta, blue etc. - Don’t eat unless in a fully cooked dish e.g. spinach and ricotta canneloni
Processed cheese - cheese spreads, cottage cheese, cream cheese etc. - Store in the fridge, eat within two days of opening pack
Hard cheese- e.g. cheddar, tasty cheese - Store in the fridge
Ice cream Soft serve - Don’t eat
Packaged frozen ice cream - Keep and eat frozen
Unpasturised Milk - Don’t drink or use
Pasteurised Milk- Keep refrigerated, drink within ‘use by’ date
Other dairy - Cream, yoghurt - Check ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date, keep refrigerated
Custard - Don’t eat unless heated until steaming hot
Eggs - Cook thoroughly
Vegetable & fruit Salads
Pre-prepared or pre-packaged - salads, including fruit salad e.g. from salad bars, smorgasboards - Don’t eat
Home-made - Wash and dry salad ingredients well just before making and eating salads, store any leftover salads in fridge and use within a day of preparation
Fruit - Whole fresh fruits Wash and dry well before eating
Vegetables and herbs
Fresh vegetables and herbs - Wash and dry well just before eating raw or wash before cooking
Frozen vegetables - Cook; don’t eat uncooked
Bean sprouts - Alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts, snowpea sprouts, mung beans and soybeans - Don’t eat raw or lightly cooked
Leftovers - Cooked foods Store leftovers covered in the fridge, eat within a day and always reheat until steaming hot
Canned foods - Tinned fruit, vegetables, fish etc. - Store unused portions in the fridge in clean, sealed containers and use within a day
Stuffing - Stuffing from chicken or poultry - Don’t eat unless cooked separately and eat hot
Hummus - Store-bought or home-made Store in fridge, eat within 2 days of opening/making
Note: Listerosis is killed by heat. You can eat pretty much anything as long as it's cooked thoroughly right through. If you have any concerns about something you have eaten or if you think you may have listeriosis, please contact your doctor.
Hi, Thank you for diet information.
Posted 17 January 2017 - 06:58 PM
does anyone know what the go is with protein powders? i usually use a small amount in a smoothie after a gym workout. its a whey protein powder if that helps
Posted 14 February 2017 - 12:53 PM
Hi! New Here -
I've found this really helpful and wanted to say thanks.
There's so much misleading information regarding what to eat and not eat anymore...
I've found that maintaining an overall vegetarian diet with some meals including fish has made me feel tons better. I get worried about mercury and all that but I find it hard to say no to Tuna/Salmon.
I cook a lot in big batches however and wondered what people's opinions are on freezing/refridgerating food? How long up to?
Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:49 AM
You and your up coming baby need extra nutrients, vitamins and the best way to get them is to eat a wide variety food which contains nutrition and be as healthy as early possible in your pregnancy period.
Posted 11 March 2017 - 08:32 AM
Hi All. I can't seem to find any information about Rice salads. My MIL makes an awesome brown rice salad that we have with dinner occasionally just wondering if that is ok. I thinks she either makes it the day before or morning of and it is served cold. I'm pretty sure rice is a high risk food particularly when served cold as it tends to absorb bacteria.
Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:34 AM
Custard - cold from the fridge (store bought) is that okay?
I will miss my soft serve ice creams/yoghurts the most.
I also learned a few things from this post.
It's going to be hard remembering to wash my hands everytime i cuddle my cats. I will not miss cleaning the kitty litter but my husband refuses to clean it.. so either he does or the cats go outside.
Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:12 PM
Does anyone know if it's safe to buy nuts and dried fruit from farmers markets? I'm making my own protein balls and bars and I'm just wondering if its safe to buy the nuts and fruit when sold loose and not in packets?
Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:19 PM
I've never heard of dried fruits and nuts being an issue.
Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:16 AM
My sushi cravings have been off the scale the last few days, and I'm only six and a bit weeks in! I almost can't comprehend another 7.5 months without it.
I'm wondering if I can phone ahead find out when the rice and cooked fillings are prepared and go and buy some rolls then to be as safe as possible.
I'm also thinking that sashimi *should* be okay if I buy it fresh from the fish markets (Paddy's) and freeze it straight away for a few days. The NHS seems to think that fresh frozen sashimi-grade salmon is very low-risk for pregnant women. Their guidelines are so much more generous than ours!
I was at a hotel the other day with family after a funeral and my options were salads, deep fried foods or sandwiches. I ended up getting a salad with cold vegetables in it. I thought, if the alternatives are deep-fried foods, that's really not good enough. I know it's a bit iffy, but I refuse to be forced to eat overly bready or oily foods in the effort to try to stay "safe". At the end of the day, everything carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to weigh that up with the risk of having a diet that is very narrow and doesn't contain a broad spectrum of nutrients. Everything is a trade-off.
Edited by McBumcheeks, 27 September 2017 - 10:18 AM.
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