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Exposed: 4 Pregnancy Food Myths

When you’re pregnant, you naturally want to eat right by you and your child, 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..
4 Myths about what pregnant women can and can't eat

 

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Myth #1

Herbs and tonics will boost your child’s intellect

 

FACT
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:

Essential micronutrients for child's brain development

So go ahead and consult your doctor for the green light before taking them, ensuring you have enough proteins, carbs and essential fats too. But don’t expect a genius child (unless it’s in your genes!).

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Sashimi sushi can be harmful to pregnancy women

Myth #2

You should avoid sushi and sashimi

 

FACT
Danger lurks in raw fish and shellfish, as well as fish with high levels of mercury.

Raw fish contains parasitic worms and bacteria

Raw fish

Harbours parasitic worms and bacteria that make you ill.

 

Raw shellfish comes with viruses and bacteria

     Raw shellfish

     Contains viruses and bacteria that induce food poisoning.

 

Mercury negatively affects child's brain development        

        Mercury

        Interferes with your child’s brain development.

 

But you don’t need to cut out sushi and sashimi completely since fish offers many health benefits.

Be cautious: Opt for freshly prepared, well-cooked fish; avoid mercury-rich fish such as tuna, mackerel, sea bass and yellowtail.

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Papaya with seeds

Myth #3

Papayas can cause miscarriage

 

FACT
Eating excessive amounts of green papaya can be unsafe in pregnancy, but small amounts of the ripened fruit are fine.

The Science:
Unripe papaya = high concentration of latex, which can cause uterine contractions.

 

Vitamins B and C

 

Fully ripe papaya, however, is packed with many vitamins and minerals – vitamin C, B vitamins, folate, potassium, copper and magnesium.

 

 

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A person eating dark foods busting the myth that it makes child's skin darker

Myth #4

Eating dark foods will make your child’s skin darker

 

FACT
Your child’s skin tone is determined by genetics.

Children 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 child's skin pigmentation, either!

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Pregnancy diet tips

Ensure every meal includes foods from the 4 main groups:

4 main nutrition groups that should be included in every meal of pregnancy diet

Support your diet with nutritious maternal milk like Frisomum® Gold which contain essential nutrients for both mum and child.

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