When you’re pregnant, you naturally want to eat right by you and your baby, and make healthy, clean dietary choices. But changing up your diet might be overwhelming, and advice can be contradictory or sometimes just plain wrong. Here are four facts to arm yourself with..
Myth #1Herbs and tonics will boost your baby’s intellect
While the health benefits of herbs and tonics are widely discussed, there’s no evidence to support this claim.
However many herbs – raspberry leaf, stinging nettle, ginkgo biloba – do contain a variety of essential micronutrients vital for brain development:
Myth #2You should avoid sushi and sashimi
Danger lurks in raw fish and shellfish, as well as fish with high levels of mercury.
Harbours parasitic worms and bacteria that make you ill.
Contains viruses and bacteria that induce food poisoning.
Interferes with your baby’s brain development.
Be cautious:POpt for freshly prepared, well-cooked fish; avoid mercury-rich fish such as tuna, mackerel, sea bass and yellowtail.
Myth #3Papayas can cause you to miscarry
Eating excessive amounts of green papaya can be unsafe in pregnancy, but small amounts of the ripened fruit are fine.
Unripe papaya = high concentration of latex, which can cause uterine contractions.
Myth #4Eating dark foods will make your baby’s skin darker
Your baby’s skin tone is determined by genetics.
Babies have dark skin due to higher levels of melanin, so don’t stop enjoying the dark stuff – soy sauce, coffee, tea, chocolate, dates and more.
When it comes to the foods you should be eating during pregnancy, don’t believe everything you hear. Enjoying a healthy, well-balanced diet – with added vitamins – is the best way to go.
P.S. Bird’s nest, tofu and soya milk will not lighten your baby’s skin pigmentation, either!
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