The Baby Bump Part 2: What to Bump from Your Diet

While there are things to focus on adding to your diet when you're pregnant, there are also foods and beverages that should be bumped. And it is super important, obviously, to be on top of the things that should be avoided because the list seems to change ever-so-often. Every mommy wants to make the healthiest choices for their baby and having a solid understanding of their pregnancy diet's do's and don't's are a necessity.

So, let take a look at what's on the naughty list ...

Caffeine: This, I am sure, is going to be a tough one for a lot of new mommies out there. I know that I need a good strong cup of coffee in the morning just to get me going. However, whether it's soda, coffee, tea, or energy drinks, caffeine should be avoided in large doses. This is because it causes a higher risk of miscarriage and can also affect your baby's heart rate. So start reading labels, cut your morning caffeine binges to just one cup of coffee, and stay away from energy drinks. And when you're feeling a caffeine craving coming on, opt for decaffeinated drinks instead.

Seafood High in Mercury: Although seafood is an awesome source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it also can be dangerous. This definitely doesn't mean that you should cut out our fishy friends altogether. Fish is great for a baby's brain development, skin, and hair. But, seafood that has too much mercury is harmful for a baby's nervous system. So remember this: check the age and size of the fish. The older and bigger the size, the more mercury it likely contains. "No-no" fish include swordfish, albacore tuna, mackerel, and shark. But it's healthy to have 12 ounces per week of good fish, such as salmon, shrimp, or catfish. Check out our delicious Balsamic Salmon recipe for an easy, baby-friendly weeknight dinner.

Raw Meats and Seafood: Sorry sushi and deli lovers - this one's gonna hurt. Eating raw or undercooked foods can be seriously harmful. This is because raw and undercooked foods contain viruses and bacteria and because of changes in your body it increases the risk of food poisoning. It is crucial to make sure all your food is fully cooked. Fish should separate and be even in color throughout. Meats and poultry should have clear juices, but to be sure, use a thermometer for precise internal temperatures. Cold cuts can also be risky because they may have been contaminated during handling. In other words, stay away from deli meats and hot dogs unless you want to cook or steam them. For a healthy dinner option, check out our Garlic Rosemary Chicken.

Unpasteurized Foods: You can forget that yummy cheese platter at your next ladies night. Yup, you heard me, unpasteurized food, like soft cheese can be harmful for you and your baby. This is because they are not aged and therefore carry a greater risk for miscarriages, pre-term birth, and food-borne diseases. So, again, it is strongly encourged to read all labels when grocery shopping. If you find cheeses that are pasteurized then you're safe - so go for it!

Unwashed Fruits and Veggies: This is a no-brainer and I am sure most of your already do this, but it's always better to make sure. Wash all your fruits and veggies, especially the root ones, before cooking or eating. This is to eliminate any harmful bacteria that still may be lurking about!

Alcohol: I'm sure you already know not to drink while pregnant. However, it has been said that a drink once in a while may be okay. Just know that there are no studies to actually prove that the occasional drink is alright. It may just be best to think about it like this: if you drink, then your baby is most likely going to absorb some of the alcohol and therefore it is safest to not drink at all. Drinking while pregnant can lead to huge disabilities, pre-term birth, and other terrible disorders. Better safe than sorry! If you are really craving a drink, try our Margarita Spritzers but substitute the type of margarita mix that doesn't have alcohol. We promise it still tastes great and will hit the spot!

So to all you expecting mommies out there: good luck and good eats!

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