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There will be many occasions when you would be eating out during the course of your pregnancy. Eating out during pregnancy is not unsafe, as long as hygiene standards are met and the food is nourishing to the fetus. Hitting a restaurant is not a problem, however, remember that some things are not safe for consumption during pregnancy and may harm you and your unborn baby.
Read below to gain an insight on which foods should be prohibited during pregnancy and which must be welcomed. This is followed by a few healthier eating options when you trouble your partner by demanding junk food!
Make your own choice whenever you can when it comes to choosing a restaurant to dine out. Choose a place that has good hygiene standards, and serves a variety of healthy dishes. The restaurant should also be able to carry out special requests – like skipping the mayo or thoroughly cooking the meat.
Do not opt for places that offer a limited choice and do not entertain special requests. The restaurant should also be well ventilated and is not a stuffy place. Also, focus on the sanitation needs – you will take a break for sure. If you are traveling or are out for some work, pay attention to where and what you eat.
This is an absolute must. However tempting that paneer tikka is, keep your portion sizes somewhat limited – there are good chances that you will end up suffering from heartburn and acidity. Eating too much may as well lead to indigestion.
Quit eating when you feel full, and carry leftovers if you want. The best way would be to ask to be served half portions that will not put you under the pressure of finishing and overeating.
While dining during pregnancy following some safety rules helps you to eat healthily. Following are 10 safe dining rules during pregnancy:
Eating out once in a while cause no harm to a pregnant woman. However, there are some things you should avoid while eating out during pregnancy.
As you pass those street chaat corners, the aroma surely brings water to the mouth, but beware! It’s neither hygienic nor healthy. Being pregnant puts you at a high risk of infection, so steer yourself clear of street food.
The Chinese takeaways use MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) or Ajinomoto to enhance flavor. Cheap oil and food colors are also used sometimes which are not good for anybody’s health.
Ajinomoto is known to cause headaches and allergies and is best avoided during pregnancy. Being high in sodium, it can also cause water retention. If buying packaged foods, do check the labels for MSG content.
Say no to sushi, soft-boiled eggs, and mayonnaise for those nine months as raw ingredients may contain bacteria and cause diseases.
An occasional glass of wine is considered safe, but there has been no proven study on the subject. It is best to go alcohol-free during your pregnancy. Remember, alcohol may affect the growth of your fetus, so decide for yourself.
Nimbu Pani, sugarcane juice, aam panna – they are the utmost enticing, but are made from raw ingredients and therefore should be avoided.
Leads to stomach upset, heartburn, and acidity. Best avoided.
Do not pave way for obesity in your baby. Eat healthy, live healthy!
Sugary and sweet foods are loaded with calories and are processed. Chuck those canned juices and motichoor laddoos!
Avoid Masala tea as it is loaded with spices which may increase your body temperature.
Opt for ginger tea, cardamom tea or a cafe latte instead!
It may be surprising to know that even eating out can be healthy. Here are a few options for eating healthy outside.
It is always wise to carry fruits such as apples, bananas or oranges, in case there is no dining joint nearby! Also, frequent meals will limit the food intake you have outside. As you bask in the glory of untimely hunger pangs and unexpected food cravings, your family might be ready to satisfy your food urges in another instant.
With the decreasing number of joint families and people migrating abroad, we not only miss the moral support of our elders but their valuable guidance particularly during pregnancy is also lost.
During those months, it’s advisable to eat safe, healthy, home-cooked food. If possible, carry your own food around. Otherwise, you can always try the healthier options outlined above! Rest well, have frequent small meals, and drink plenty of water. This will keep you fuelled and dream about the new family member!
Happy Healthy Eating!
Yes it is. Ensure you eat only well cooked foods. Also opt for a hygienic and well ventilated place to dine at.
No, it cannot, as long as you are being safe. if you are eating street foods, etc that are not hygienic, you could get infections that affect the baby. Very oily and spicy foods can cause indigestion and discomfort too.
You can eat out once a fortnight, to be cautious. If you have to travel or eat outside food for more days at a stretch, it is perfectly fine. Don’t panic, just order right.
Yes, it can. The reason is, outside foods use a lot of oil and spices in preparation. This can cause indigestion or heartburn in a pregnant woman.
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