Prenatal Dietary Concerns

What foods you should be eating while pregnant and what foods, vitamins and supplements are most healthy during pregnancy

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Prenatal Dietary Concerns

How much caffeine can you drink if you are pregnant?

According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, consuming less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day (roughly one to two cups of coffee) isn't a major contributing factor in miscarriage or preterm birth.

However, according to a new study in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, there is no safe level of caffeine that one can consume during pregnancy. Complications arising from caffeine consumption can include an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and low birth weight.

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What should you avoid eating while pregnant?

Fish is a great and healthy food to have while pregnant! Its a simple matter of what TYPE of fish to avoid like the large salt water fish that contain high levels of mercury. Fresh water fish like trout, catfish, fish sticks, flounder, salmon, craoker, and haddok are ok to eat. Tuna can be eaten in moderation (one serving a week). Large fish like shark, tile fish, swordfish, tuna steaks, sea bass, Halibut and other LARGE saltwater fish are known to contain high levels of methyl mercury, a substance that can potentially cause neurological damage when consumed in large amounts. Farm-raised trout and catfish, Pacific salmon, and fish sticks are safe. Shellfish (shrimp, crawfish, crab, etc)are also fine to eat while pregnant. Remember that all of these are to be well cooked, not raw or smoked.

Other foods to avoid are-

-Raw meats

-Raw chicken

-Raw eggs (Caesar salads and eggnog!!!)

-Soft cheeses, including Brie, Camembert, Mexican-style, and any other cheese that may be made with inadequately pasteurized milk, can harbor Listeria.

-Do not drink raw milk, or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk.


-Unwashed fruits & vegetables

-Foods & drinks that contain caffeine (limit or avoid!) tea, coffee, and colas


-Saccharin (NutraSweet is preferable)

- Liver should be avoided whilst pregnant (including all pate) as is contains a high level of Vitamin A which can be very harmful to your unborn baby.

Anemia is common during pregnancy so you could look for other ways of increasing your vitamin A levels - remember to take your folic acid supplement!. Peanuts are also a healthy snack and should only be avoided if you are allergic to them.

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What should you eat while pregnant?

When you go for your first prenatal appointment, your doctor should give you a list of foods to eat, and foods to stay away from. The most important thing you want to eat is green, leafy vegetables. The nutrients in vegetables will help your baby when developing. Fruits are good to eat during pregnancy also, but you may want to limit fruit if you are at risk for gestational diabetes.

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Morning Sickness

Does everybody vomit during pregnancy and feel tired and not like any food at all and smells make them sick but they do not vomit at five to six weeks pregnant?

I am almost 6 weeks pregnant. I've been vomiting about 3 times a day for the last 5 days. I just took an Ester C vitamin (1000mL), it's a big vitamin C tablet. I bought it at CVS. I felt much better after an hour.

Vitamin C isn't for everyone, that is, too much isn't safe for the baby.

From what I am seeing on the internet you can have morning sickness as soon as 1 week after conception and there after, it can happen in the morning, afternoon or evening. There are several sites out there that can give you more info as well as ways to help curb it. I would suggest you do a search on the internet if you do not get any responses.

You can get sick from the day of conception to 1-3 week after conception, every woman is different, some women don't even experience morning sickness at all

It varies, some women never get it while others will get it throughout their whole pregnancy. I didn't get morning sickness until I was 3 months along and from then to 8 months. I hated the smell of meat cooking and also when my fiance sprayed aftershave. :P

For me it was morning, noon and night for the first 3 months. I think the term, morning sickness is because the most women tend to have it in the morning but from personal experience I can tell you it is not exclusive to morning. I would say to discuss it with your doctor. He or she would know more about it. Good luck getting through that one. It is no fun to be puking like we do when we are pregnant. I was so glad when that part was past and the rest of the pregnancy was a piece of cake.

Usually within a couple of weeks or more. But all women are different. Some never get it. Some only get it for a few weeks when they are a couple of months pregnant.

My mom knew she was pregnant with me within the first 5 days because she was throwing up like crazy. So I suspect it's vastly different for everyone.

Only about 30% of women get morning nausea, not every one vomits.

I got evening nausea with my first and nothing with my second, my sister-in-law was nauseous and vomiting all day with both her pregnancies.

Some people start to feel morning sickness within a few days, and some never get morning sickness. Regardless, it usually disappears by the 4th or 5th month. If you're nauseous in the morning and have at least 1 other symptom like soreness of the breasts or a late period, I would take a home pregnancy test ASAP.

Everyone is different. I only started my morning sickness at week 7,until the 14- 15 week.

That all really depends but it only took a month for it to hit me. Some women are lucky and don't get it.

I started to experience morning sickness about 3 or 4 weeks after conception. It wasn't in the morning though. It usually happens if my stomach is going on empty I get queasy. I just have to make sure I eat a little something, often:)

As early as two weeks after conception.

Many women don't get any morning sickness but if you do it usually starts around the time of a missed period.

In my first pregnancy I would have nausea (no sickness) in the evenings, and in my second I had none at all (and it was twins).

Around six weeks the average. However everyone is different! Some can start few days after conception some will never have it!

Your symptoms of pregnancy will usually appear anywhere from the first week of your expected period to 1-2 weeks after your first week of expected period. Your first signs of pregnancy most commonly include missed period, tender/swollen breasts, change in color of the breasts, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, increased sense of smell, and weight gain.

Some women who are extremely sensitive to the pregnancy hormones can feel queasy from around the time of the first missed period or a few days before. Between five to seven weeks is a common time to start feeling ill. Not everyone does, however, so if it hasn't begun by around eight to ten weeks, it may not be a problem at all.

When You are pregnant it doesn't necessarily have to be in the morning.

I was supposed to get my period 2 days ago. I haven't yet. I am also experiencing morning sickness, hunger, breast are a little tender and head aches. I have even had what seems to be period cramps. My period is never late and the cramps usually indicate it is starting. I went to my doctor yesterday. The urine test was negative so I then went to the hospital to have a blood test. I haven't gotten the results but my doctor explained that it may not say I am because some women actually have to be 1 1/2 to 2 months pregnant before a blood test will even show it. I am to repeat the blood test for the next three weeks if they come back negative because my doctor says it is highly unlikely that I am faking or my mind is tricking me into morning sickness. I would say I am pregnant and so are you.

The term morning sickness is actually kind of confusing for people because you can get morning sickness at any time during the day or evening. Some people have sickness for just a couple months, but some last for the entire pregnancy. It varies from person to person and pregnancy to pregnancy.

Around 2-4 weeks after conception but sometimes longer. Not every women has morning sickness.

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Capers (herb)

Can pregnant women eat capers?

It is generally recognized as being safe when used as food.

Do not use take it as a supplement as it is used by some to induce menstruation or, if pregnant, cause a miscarriage.

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Can pregnant women eat sweet corn?

Unless the doctor said no corn, pregnant women can eat sweet corn. If she is retaining water (very swollen feet and hands) or having high blood pressure, she might have to eat it without salt.

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Is linguine and clams safe to eat during pregnancy?

Fish and seafood should be eaten in moderation while you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding due to the levels of mercury that can be contained within them. The recommended amount is 8 to 12 oz or less a week.

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Healty food to help having a baby?

I heard that chocolate during pregnancy makes the baby happier

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Fruits and Vegetables
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Can pregnant woman eat water melon?

Yes, pregnant women can safely eat what ever fruit they want.

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Is it safe to eat raisins during pregnancy?

Yes. The only things you should avoid is alcohol, caffeine and raw meat, raw fish and raw seafood. All vegetables and fruits are fine.

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Can a pregnant woman take palmwine?

It is preferable to avoid alcoholic beverages during pregnancy.

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Are shrimp insects?

Shrimp are decapod crustaceans in the infraorder Caridea classification. They are not insects, even though shrimp has been referred to as the 'cockroaches of the ocean'.

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Should pregnant women eat escargot?

That should be no problem.

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Can you eat raspberry jam while pregnant?

Yes of course you can. You can eat all fruits and berries.

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Is it safe to eat shrimp while pregnant?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recommendations

The FDA advises that pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish due to high levels of mercury in these fish.

The FDA also recommends that pregnant women can safely eat an average of 12 ounces of other types of COOKED fish each week You may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week. Emphasis is placed on choosing a variety of fish low in mercury such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

If no local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends are available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don't consume any other fish during that week. I've only heard that it gives you bad tummy aches.

ask your doctor.

With just about any food that you ingest, the danger usually comes in how it makes its way to your plate. There is a battle for industry survival that can affect what kind of shrimp your local restaurant serves. Local shrimp is generally safer and fresher as long as it is caught wild. However, most restaurants serve imported shrimp...generally because it is cheaper and separated by size. The imported shrimp is usually "farmed" which means the shrimp are grown in little ponds, swim in their own feces, and are often fed with disgusting items. Furthermore, shrimp farming is not done a lot in the U.S. because the chemicals used to manage infection and germs overseas is considered illegal in the U.S. Just make sure you know what you're getting when you order by asking questions. It's not usually the seafood that is dangerous but the water the seafood was swimming in. Oysters will have high levels of mercury or iodine because of the water they sit in...they also have a season that they are allowed to be harvested in many areas. The summer months are usually not good for oysters (at least where I'm from: Charleston, SC).

I have heard that eating shrimp during pregnancy is dangerous to the fetus because of the Zinc in shrimp.

1/9/05- I've heard the opposite. shrimp is a good source of iron.

Different doctors will tell you different things about eating seafood when pregnant. I have found that it did not harm my baby at all and she is perfectly healthy. The only advice I have is to make sure that the seafood you do eat is very fresh. Iodine in certain seafood may be harmful according to certain doctors. However, in many Asian countries, the pregnant women eat sushi and other seafood everyday and are fine. So, just make sure your seafood is fresh. Also, the prenatal vitamins given to me by my OB-GYN have zinc in them, so I don't see how it could be harmful to the baby.

It really depends on what doctor you ask and how much shrimp you plan on eating. Some shellfish may contain high concentrations of mercury which is not good for you or your developing baby.

Uncleaned, raw or undercooked fish may carry a risk of parasitic infection (ie: worms). Avoid Perch, Catfish, Whitefish & trout while pregnant. haddock & Cod are the safest to eat while pregnant.

Your best bet is to eat your seafood at a busy restaurant as it is not sitting around gathering bacteria and enjoy your shrimp but in small amounts at a time and not that often.

I had the same question and found this - Check out the website below as it gives a comprehensive outline of what you can and should not eat during pregnancy. Shrimp is ok! is a good info site.

as far as I know no because it is seafood, and it will not automatically hurt your baby talk to your doctor before deciding on what not to do.


My family owns a shrimp business and as far as i know it is ok. We have an unusual shrimp farm though it was featured on 20/20.

I have eaten shrimp with both my pregnancies and am pregnant right now and plan on making some tonight. The fact that we only eat our own shrimp though is why.

Shrimp and most shellfish are some of the safest seafood to eat while pregnant as far as mercury levels are concerned. They only contain mere traces and actually offer good omega 3 fatty acids that are essential to a healthy pregnancy. BUT, as some of the other people commented, the preparation of the food is where you shoud be careful. You want to avoid raw and undercooked food of any type and of course you want it to be fresh!

It is safe to eat shrimps while pregnant for as long as you have no known allergies to this food group/classification and provided that shrimps are cooked just right.

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Is it safe to eat apples while pregnant?

Yes, but do not eat the seeds.

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Can you eat double cream when pregnant?

My wife cant get enough of the stuff - drinks it like milk! She is 32 Weeks pregnant and all seems to be going well.

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Is it safe to consume Acesulfame Potassium sweetener while pregnant?

I have been researching artificial sweeteners for a few years. Acesulfame potassium certainly has the least amount of studies indicating adverse side effects compared to other artificial sweeteners. I have found a study showing increased instance of mutations in DNA (only occurred in male mice I haven�t found any studies showing increased formation of cancerous cells. Acesulfame K has an excellent shelf life (5 years) and does not break down when cooked or baked. It is very low in arsenic (3 ppm max). Sucralose on the other hand is produced at 98% purity, that other 2% is comprised of arsenic, lead, and methanol. Methanol is 10% of the aspartame molecule. Methanol metabolizes to formaldehyde and formic acid. My recommendation is to stay away from aspartame and sucralose, pregnant or not. As for asulfame potassium, I�ve been using it for about a year with no side effects experienced, but would avoid consumption if pregnant just to be safe. There haven�t been a significant number of long term studies on humans. For this reason, despite my use of it, i would not recommend it to others. A very conclusive 2 year study can be found here out of all artificial sweeteners this appears (key word: appears) to be the safest. I feel the best solution is to train yourself to avoid satisfying cravings for sweets and like any addiction they�ll go away in time. overall we in the U.S. need more self discipline to begin with. I only accept use of sweeteners in products that otherwise taste very bad (protein powder), but I won�t even taste a drink that�s not 100% juice or pure water. things like tea taste bad to me now when i add sugar. Look at the above very closely. Now, if you are pregnant, do you drink alcohol or smoke. If you do, go ahead and ingest those fake sugars like aspartame and acesulfame potassium. Otherwise, if you intend to stay healthy and live a long life leave all of the synthetic stuff alone. Use raw tupelo honey instead. Has a low glycemic index and helps the digestive and immune system. Besides, it does not leave an odd taste in your mouth. Stick with the real sweeteners and leave all those chemicals out of your diet. You will be healthier and feel much better. You may even stop having those horrible head aches if you leave that diet soda out of your diet completely.

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Is it safe to use hair remover creams such as Sally Hansen during pregnancy?

No, not necessarily.

According to Helene Curtis, the maker of Sally Hansen hair removal cream: "These products have not been tested on pregnant women. Please consult your doctor before using them."

I never heard of it harming pregnancy I'm pretty sure that it is safe to use during pregnancy and breast feeding if you are unsure if a product is safe to use during this time read the packaging warnings or ask your doctor or pharmacist . Good Luck and God Bless!!!

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What beauty treatments are safe during pregnancy?

Pregnant woman are generally advised to avoid chemicals and fumes. At this time it is not known if hair dye is a risk factor, but the tests that have been conducted so far indicate that it is unlikely.

Laser facial hair remover is thought to be safe during pregnancy.

Bleaches or depilatories are not recommended during pregnancy mainly because they can be absorbed into the skin and there has been no study done to determine the effects on a developing fetus. I'm not to sure about the facial product you use which contains aspirin, but I'm assuming it's probably the same as using bleaches... because once again, it is absorbed into your skin. I'd talk to your doctor about these products before hand. I hoped I helped. Stacey

Above is the former person's answer, but hair dye is not to be used in the first trimester. The first trimester is when the fetus develops all of its major organs, and hair dye, with or without ammonia, has not been fully researched. After the first trimester, it is considered safe provided you are in a well-ventilated area. It is recommended, however, that a hair color without the use of ammonia be used, and that the color not be applied to the roots/scalp.

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Is it safe to eats nuts during pregnancy?

Most women can, and should have nuts while pregnant. They are rich with protein, omega 3, fiber and additional nutritional ingredients that both the mother and the baby need. They are especially recommended for vegan and vegetarian pregnant women since they don't have meat and fish, which are main sources of protein and omega 3.

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Is it difficult to get pregnant if the father drinks too much?

Yes, since alcohol can affect the sperm's condition. It could lower the sperm count. Maybe your partner should have himself checked by a urologist.

Furthermore, combined with the man's drinking habits there is an extreme risk of catastrophic birth defects, mental retardation, or straight miscarriage that can badly damage the woman's system, which might prevent any future reproduction ability.

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What will happen if I don't eat during pregnancy?

You will get nauseous and eventually weak and pass out so someone will take you to a hospital. The baby can get different types of damages both physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Is salivating normal during pregnancy?

From what I've read, it's pretty normal. Your body is in overdrive at this point and you have more of everything. It's very annoying and I have found I tend to 'over salivate' at very inconvenient moments. I mostly notice it when I am bending or looking down. (thanks, gravity!) Luckily, I have a husband who just laughs it off, even when I can't. I hope that knowing you're not alone makes you feel better even though I have no suggestions as to how to make it better.

Yes; a friend of mine once told me while she was pregnant, "Being pregnant isn't as fun as it seems. You leak everywhere from your body. I even drool on myself."


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