Fact or fiction: Top 5 pregnancy myths about food

Discover the truth behind these common pregnancy myths.

Little girl touching mom's pregnant belly

We’ve all heard them. Whether from your mom, mother-in-law, co-worker or the internet, there are a number of myths that go along with being pregnant. Check out these five common myths and discover the truth instead.

  1. Eat three healthy meals a day: False! You should be eating six or seven small meals (every two to three hours). Please eat frequently and from all various food groups. This will help keep your blood sugar in a constant range.
  2. Decaf only: False! One small cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine. It’s another controversial subject for sure, but moderate caffeine intake isn’t likely to harm you or your baby. The same goes for sodas with a caffeine jolt.
  3. Cut out the cheese: False! You don’t have to cut all the cheeses. Some kinds, like cheddar and Swiss, are not harmful as they have been pasteurized. It’s the soft, unpasteurized products like Brie, feta, and goat cheese that might carry food-borne illnesses. Yet some supermarkets may carry pasteurized versions — just start looking at labels more often.
  4. You’re eating for two: False! Pregnancy is not a time to pig out. You may have a bit more leeway, but on average women need only about 300 extra calories a day.
  5. Say so long to seafood: False! Chances are that if the reputable (and tasty) sushi bar you love has not made you sick pre-pregnancy, you are not at risk when you are pregnant. Yes, there is a greater risk of ingesting bad kinds of bacteria from raw foods (so you might feel more comfortable with a cooked-shrimp roll), but if you had spicy tuna before realizing you were pregnant, no harm done. Dangerous mercury levels? Again, it’s all about moderation. Enjoy tuna on rye once a week, not daily. Not all fish are created equal. When perusing a menu, go with seafood with lower mercury levels, like salmon, shrimp, and tilapia. Unfortunately, swordfish and tilefish have the highest levels of mercury and should be skipped.

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