When you are at babymoon travelling, you wish to enjoy the trip including your meal and food. However, to give the best for your baby, avoid harmful foods is as essential as eating healthy foods. You need to take care of your pregnancy nutrition during the whole pregnancy process and it is important to know what you shouldn’t eat and drink. Here are some ideas to help you avoid the foods that might be harmful for your baby.
You might be curious especially you know that seafood is a great source of protein and iron. In fact, there is a British study suggests that skimping on seafood during pregnancy may contribute to poor verbal skills, behavioural problems and other developmental issues during childhood. The omega 3 fatty acids in many fish help to promote your baby’s brain development too.
However, there are some fish contain potentially dangerous levels of mercury. Generally, the bigger and older the fish, the more mercury it may contain. Your baby’s developing nervous system might be damaged is you consume on fish that have too much mercury. Pregnant women should avoid fish such as shark, king mackerel, tilefish and swordfish. These fish have high level of mercury which may harm the baby.
There fish that contain no mercury and safe to consume are salmon, catfish, shrimp, pollock and canned light tuna. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that should not eat more than 12 ounces a week of canned light tuna.
When babymoon travelling, it is important to avoid raw fish and shellfish like oysters and clams. You wouldn’t know whether they are caught in polluted water and contain harmful bacteria or viruses. To play safe and for your baby’s safety and healthy, avoid raw fish and shell fish.
Meat and poultry
Always make sure that the restaurant serves you fully cook meats and poultry. This is to prevent food borne illness. You can also use a meat thermometer to make sure it is fully cooked. A food borne illness known as listeriosis may harm your baby when you expose to the risk of bacterial food poisoning. Your baby may get sick due to the bacterial food poisoning. This is important for you to know that during pregnancy, changes in your metabolism and circulation may increase the risk of bacterial food poisoning. And your reaction may be more serious than if you weren’t pregnant.
If you are not sure they serve you fully cook meats and poultry, avoid them completely. This is a wise choice rather than consume food that might harm you and your baby.
Dairy products that contain unpasteurized milk may lead to food-borne illness. Although we know that dairy products such as skim milk and cottage cheese are essential nutrients during pregnancy, we also need to choose wisely and only eat soft cheeses that are clearly labeled as being made with pasteurized milk. Don’t eat dairy products such as brie, camembert, feta and blue cheese that contain unpasteurized milk.
It is advised that don’t take caffeine at all during pregnancy period. Studies suggest that drinking too much caffeine may be associated with a small decrease in birth weight. It also increase risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Caffeine might affect your baby’s heart rate and breathing and a large study published in 2008 suggests that 200 milligrams of caffeine a day during pregnancy may slow fetal growth.
If you really think to get a cup of coffee, gynae suggests you consume to less than 200mg a day during the second and third trimesters and totally avoiding caffeine during the first trimester.
While babymoon travelling, you might need to avoid your hotel breakfast that prepare you with a cup of coffee. A glass of orange juice or other fruit juices are good for your health during the trip.
Avoid alcohol entirely during your pregnancy and your babymoon holidays. Although one drink isn’t like to hurt your baby, but no level of alcohol has been proved safe during pregnancy too. Mother who drink alcohol have a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Moderate drinking also can impact your baby’s brain development. To protect your baby from fetal alcohol syndrome, avoid alcohol at all.
Remember in your mind the above foods to avoid during your babymoon holidays and I’m sure your travelling is a safe, healthy and happy moment before your newborn arrives.